"After three years of back trouble that had stopped me running and cost a fortune in physio that only ever gave temporary relief, Rachel in a few sessions completely sorted my back out.
Not only did she immediately reduce the pain and increase my mobility, she gave me exercises that have meant I’ve been able to ease any recurrences over the years myself.
Three or four years later, I’m running and exercising as much as I used to, never need a physio and back pain is a thing of the past.
Highly recommended doesn’t cover it: if you are in any doubt, don’t hesitate - give Rachel a try!" Anthony Milne
Modern Osteopathy is a wonderfully gentle, highly-skilled, hands-on therapy developed by an American doctor frustrated by the limitations of conventional medicine; particularly the side-effects and toxicity of drugs. Something most people can relate to these days.
It has a strong belief in the body's ability to heal itself and self-regulate, given the right conditions.
Osteopathy was the first complementary therapy to be regulated in the UK. It is an established, medically-recognised system of diagnosis and treatment which places its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is distinctive in that it recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from poor function of the body's structure as a result of the changes caused by disease and trauma.
Osteopaths are true musculoskeletal specialists, with a high level of clinical and neurological assessment skills, anatomy, physiology and pathology knowledge. After 4-6 years of training, osteopaths have an incredibly subtle level of palpation and are able to detect and treat imbalances, tensions and strains. Osteopathy aims to stimulate the body's own healing capacities to find health, holistically.
I have a high level of expertise in spinal and musculoskeletal problems, clinical diagnosis and management. In many ways coming to see me is like seeing a team of practitioners with very different fields, philosophies and healing skills.
Very unusually for a manual (hands-on) therapist, I am a highly-skilled, trained and intuitive listener, helping you become aware of, understand and work through issues affecting your health and well-being in a supported, caring, whole-hearted way.
My sessions take a longer-term, holistic view: relieving pain, stiffness and discomfort quickly, then focusing on getting to the root cause of the issue. The hows and whys. These may be a postural, movement, proprioception, strength or flexibility issue that needs rehabilitation, or a more emotional issue or belief about your health and what your symptoms mean.
Very few therapists offer this particular blend of skills in clinical rehabilitation, pain education, acupuncture, yoga therapy and teaching, mindfulness, coaching and positive psychology. These give her the tools to successfully treat a wide range of health problems in a very multi-modal, truly holistic way. With nearly 20 years' experience in spinal health, my approach also borrows from the highly-effective movement therapies like JEMS, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Somatics and Pilates.
If you've only experienced very "passive" manipulative or massage treatments in the past, you will appreciate that this is a modern, holistic, long-term approach to health that aims to empower you, helping equip you with the understanding, selfcare skills, tools and knowledge to really manage your health. For life!