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.
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 can detect and treat imbalances, tensions, and strains. Osteopathy aims to stimulate the body's own healing capacities to find health, holistically.
At Qi to Health, I have a high level of expertise in spinal and musculoskeletal problems, clinical diagnosis, and management.
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. 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 blend of skills in clinical rehabilitation, pain education, acupuncture, yoga therapy and teaching, mindfulness, coaching and positive psychology. These provide 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. My approach aims to empower you and equip you with the tools and knowledge to manage your health.
I specialise in therapeutic yoga: using our medical, osteopathic and rehabilitation knowledge to make classes inclusive. I teach gentle yoga and meditation to address muscle, joint and balance issues, as well as helping many other general health problems. This is perfect for those who are older, have had injuries or health issues who might find it difficult to access a conventional class.
The physical postures (asanas) promote youthful suppleness, strength, and openness, stretching and releasing tight muscles and joints, promoting self-awareness, balance, and poise. The benefits of learning to relax are huge, and help normalise the inner workings of the body, promoting concentration and focus, mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as better breathing, lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Back Pain First Aid
Often our first response to back ache is to tense up. Try these simple yoga moves to release the joints and relax the muscles in the lower back. Moving mindfully is the key to a healthy back.