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Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic medical science, which emerged during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The approach was first developed as an alternative to orthodox medicine which in the mid nineteenth century killed almost as many as it cured. Although orthodox medicine has gone well beyond that level (!), there is still very definitely a need for Osteopathy in healthcare.

 

When the body is healthy all the messages carried by the nervous and hormonal systems of the body (the control systems of the body) get to their destination in a timely and intelligible state. If the structure of the body—its mechanics—become distorted by disease, trauma or bad use (posture) habits then the messages of the control systems will become distorted. As an Osteopath my work is essentially concerned with detecting changes in the mechanics of the body and working out if and how they may be affecting the control systems to produce the symptoms that the patient has. Once I have worked out what the pattern of distortion in the mechanics is I can find ways to help the body to find its optimum mechanical balance so that the information in the control systems can start to flow freely again. This is the  treatment phase of  Osteopathy—where I use my hands to help the body to re-find its optimum balance. There are many techniques in the osteopathic domain and I use all of them as will best suit the patient and their particular problem and body type.  The group of techniques that I use the most is generally called Cranial Osteopathy.

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Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a strange name in that it implies that it will be all about the head or cranium. This is not the case—cranial techniques can be used with any part of the body. The name Cranial Osteopathy came about because with those techniques we can treat the head and skull—while with other kinds of Osteopathy we cannot. Hence Cranial Osteopathy as a name came about as a description of what we can do that practitioners of other sorts of osteopathy cannot.

The body is in a constant state of motion—expanding and contracting with a movement that is a bit like breathing (though slower and it continues even if you hold your breath). This movement of subtle expansion and contraction is often called the Cranial Rhythmic Impulse (CRI) and is central to how the body organises and maintains health. It is also central in how we treat with Cranial Osteopathic techniques. The body can only be aware of itself in movement. Our nervous and other control systems register change, they don’t really register something that stays the same . So to be aware of our body’s posture we have to be in motion—no matter how subtle that is. The CRI causes the body (all over) to be in a state of regular rhythmic expansion and contraction—things we have two of (like arms) tend to roll outward and inward, things we have one of (like spines) tend to move up and down in the body. These movements are very small but can be felt by experienced hands. The body uses these regular movements as a “blueprint” to be aware of itself and to organise itself to maintain healthy mechanical relationships between the body parts and systems. When we are injured—by illness or trauma—these subtle movements can become distorted leading to continuing ill health and problems. In Cranial Osteopathy we use the hands to guide these subtle movements back towards healthy expression. As the CRI becomes more organised and balanced the body gets better feedback about its current state through the nervous and hormonal systems and can start to regain health.

 

What  Can I Help With?

Osteopathy can help a huge range of people with an equally huge range of health problems and concerns. Osteopathy, as a holistic approach, is concerned with the individual and how they personally can be brought to optimum health. It is not concerned with treating the symptoms of a disease but is rather concerned with helping the individual to overcome the disease process. This makes Osteopathy a very individualised approach. No two people will need exactly the same treatment. That having been said the list of types of illness that I have found, through my own experience and through the teaching I received from my lineage of osteopathic forbears, that can be helped with an Osteopathic approach is rather large. The most obvious category of problem, I suppose, is muscular-skeletal problems like painful backs, necks and sports injuries. Other muscular- skeletal problems include postural problems, work related problems may well be helped. I often treat people who need help with migraines and other kinds of headache related to neck and shoulder tension. If you have a question you can always get intouch by calling the receptionists to get me to call back or by sending me an email - David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher .

In using the very gentle techniques of Cranial Osteopathy  I can treat people for whom other more vigorous approaches would be inappropriate—for instance babies and the very frail. I treat many babies and children—indeed about a quarter to one third of my patients are babies and children. Babies are brought for many different reasons. Babies and children usually come to me when their parents hear of me by word of mouth or because they have been told or have read that cranial osteopathy would be helpful for thier child's problem. Babies and children are also often sent to me from NCT Classes, by GPs and by midwives. Again , it is important to stress that when I'm treating a patient be they a child or an adult, I am always concerned with that individual NOT the condition or label that they have been given. I don't offers cures for conditions - what I offer, based on my understanding and experience of osteopathy and healing, is help to harness and boost the body's natural ability to overcome illness in as far as that individual is able at this time. The scope of holist medicine is limited only by the individuals capacity to return to health and the skill of the practitioner in accessing that capacity.

As osteopathy is a holistic therepy that works to help the body's natural ability to heal and not to "cure" conditions, it is a difficult thing to measure. This is why there is relatively little research about osteopathy. Generally "orthodox'" research focusses on conditions and it presuposes that all the people with the condition are identical and then seeks to treat the condition in a variety of ways and compare how well each technique appeared to work. You cannot do this with a holistic therapy that looks at how to help this individual to be more healthy. This means that I can't give you a list of conditions that I can definately help with - but my experience as an osteopath with 26 years of clinical practice is that osteopathy is often helpful with a whole gamut of very varied so called conditions - because it adresses how the individual has come to this point and helps the body to find its way as far back to health as that individaul can mannage.

 

Osteopathic sessions take place at the two clinics where David Kellett sees patients - 118 Whinbush Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1PN 01462 438622 and 28 Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 1DW, 01923 827833. Workshops are held in David's studio at 33 High Street, Graveley, Hertfordshire SG4 7LA. David also offers individual or small group Franklin Method or other movement work sessions which are tailored to the clients needs. These individual sessions are great for children as well as adults. There are stairs to the studio so we are  sorry that there is not full disabled access. Please telephone David on 01462 438622 or email him at David Kellett DO, Franklin Method Teacher to book or for further information. People come a long way to see me sometimes (Hong Kong and Bombay have been the longest journeys so far!! - long story..........) but mostly people travel fairly locally. The Hitchin practice is easy to get to from anywhere in Herts like Letchworth Stevenage, Baldock, Royston, Welwyn, Hatfield, Hertford, Bedfordshire - like Luton, Dunstable and Bedford. and even further afield like Cambridge. The Northwood practice is easily accessible via the underground from London (Metropolitan Line), Harrow, Stanmore, Ruislip, Pinner, Watford and Hemel Hempstead.

 



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