"I'd suffered migraines for a very long time and they'd progressively got worse. In my first appointment Rachel said to me, "You may get some results before Christmas," and I remember thinking "Probably not".
But then I didn't have a migraine then til the following year.
It felt like a miracle. Rachel has made such a difference to my life. She has given me my freedom back." Sylvia
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.
Osteopaths are true musculo-skeletal 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.
Rachel Jennings is a gifted osteopath with a high level of expertise in spinal and musculoskeletal problems, clinical diagnosis and management. In many ways coming to see Rachel is like seeing a team of practitioners with very different fields, philosophies and healing skills.
Very unusually for a manual (hands-on) therapist, she is a highly-skilled and intuitive listener. We hope you will find the "Thinking Environment" ethos of the practice conducive to helping you become aware of, understand and work through issues affecting your health and well-being in a supported, caring, whole-hearted way.
Rachel's 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 her unusual blend of skills in clinical rehabilitation, pain education, acupuncture, therapeutic yoga 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, her approach also borrows from the highly-effective movement therapies like JEMS, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and Pilates.
If you've only experienced very "passive" manipulative treatments in the past, you will appreciate that this is a much more active, long term approach to health that aims to empower you, helping equip you with the skills, tools and knowledge to really manage your health.