Welcome to our Therapies page. Here you will find information on the additional Therapies we offer as well as Osteopathy.
Osteopathy is the recognised and established science of human mechanics; a system of diagnosis and treatment which lays the main emphasis on the structural and mechanical problems of the body.
Our Osteopaths are highly skilled in their sense of touch (palpation) and they use these skills to observe imbalances and dysfunction in the joints and soft tissue structures of the musculo-skeletal system (muscles, ligaments, capsules, fascia and tendons). Once the inter-relationship of these neighbouring structures is understood, they use a range of highly skilled techniques to treat the patient.
Treatments vary from patient to patient but may include:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint articulation with varying degrees of subtlety
- Rhythmic stretching
- Joint manipulation
- High-Velocity-Thrust manipulation (HVT)
- Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
- Exercise prescription
Osteopaths are best known for the treatment in the following areas:
- Back Ache/Pain
- Arthritic Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Muscle Spasm
- Muscle tension and inability to relax
- Joint Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
- Migraine prevention
- Hip and Knee Pain from Osteoarthritis
- Elbow Pain
- Tennis/Golfer's Elbow
- Frozen Shoulder
- Generalised Aches and Pains
- Digestive problems
- Circulatory problems
- Rheumatic Pain
- To Aid Relaxation
For more information, visit our Osteopathy page here.
Guide to Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic
Mrs S Reed, Northallerton
Cranial osteopathy is not different to osteopathy, it is the name given to a subtle and refined approach to osteopathy that follows all the principles of osteopathy, but that includes the anatomy and physiology of the head.
Cranial osteopaths use a highly trained sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.
Through palpation, the osteopath is often drawn to areas in the body that have been affected by past events, such as old accidents and injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event or injury and the patient may be unaware that there is anything wrong, but the effects may still be present and relevant to current symptoms.
Joanna is a Fellow of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO), having completed nine modules of the post-graduate cranial osteopathic pathway. She also teaches on the SCCO Paediatric Osteopathy Diploma. She was awarded the Diploma in 2016.
What patients and conditions can cranial osteopathy help?
This approach to osteopathy is a way of viewing the body rather than a type of technique and it can be used on every patient – we treat people not conditions. Cranial osteopathy is widely known for the treatment of babies but is equally effective for children, adults and the elderly. In any osteopathic treatment, the whole body is involved and improvements are often noted in different areas and different systems than just the symptomatic one.
For more information, please visit the SCCO website where there is lots of information about the history and philosophy of cranial osteopathy.
Mrs A Howe, Thirsk
Our osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers. Osteopaths are statutorily regulated primary healthcare professionals, who work in private practice and in NHS settings. All osteopaths are qualified to treat babies and children and many osteopaths hold specialist post-graduate qualifications in paediatric osteopathy, such as those offered by the SCCO.
Our osteopath and clinical director Joanna Waterworth has a special interest in Paediatric Osteopathy. In 2003, she enrolled on the Sutherland Cranial College's Pathway for learning, and in 2010, completed the pathway to become a fellow of the college (FSCCO), one of a handful of osteopaths in the North East to hold this qualification. Recently, she was invited onto the faculty for the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy to develop and deliver their post-graduate Paediatric Osteopathy Diploma. She was awarded the Diploma in 2016.
For more information, please visit the SCCO website where there is lots of information about the history and philosophy of cranial osteopathy and the treatment of babies and young children.
Leanne & Freddie, Northallerton
An ancient medical system based on Traditional Chinese Medicine in which fine, disposable needles are inserted at specific points in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. In Western society acupuncture is a commonly used complementary medicine used to treat a number of conditions.
Our Acupuncturists treat the patients as a whole and not just the issue they’ve arrived with. The evidence base for acupuncture is increasing and here in the UK, NICE recommends acupuncture for specific health related issues.
Below are some of the conditions that acupuncture can help treat at Northallerton Osteopaths.
- Back pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
- Muscle pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Sports Injuries
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Cancer Care
- Chronic Rhinitis (hay fever)
For more information on Acupuncture see the websites of our Acupuncturists Stacey and Amber.
Check out Stacey's blog post on Acupuncture and Migraines.
What is a podiatrist?
A Biomechanical Podiatrist is a clinician that specialises in problems of the lower limb and feet that can affect your lower limb, back and gait.
A biomechanical podiatrist uses off the shelf Orthoses, made to measure Orthoses, pressure deflective insoles, heels raises and shoe modifications.
A new patient appointment lasts on average one hour and a follow up appointment 30 minutes.
How can it help me?
Problems that a biomechanical podiatrist can treat include:
- Heel pain, including calcaneal spurs and plantarfasciitis
- Burning/numbness of toes including plantar interdigital neuromas
- Pain under the ball of the foot including sub metatarsal and intermetatarsal bursitis
- Hallux valgus/Bunions
- Clawed toes
- Knee pain
- Shin splints
- Ankle pain and sprains
- Hip pain
- Lower back pain
- Leg length discrepancies
A biomechanical podiatrist can also help improve your running style, improve your running times, and improve/alter your gait.
Massage has been used for centuries as a way of aiding relaxation, helping with sleep, as well as relieving anxiety and stress. It is usually a safe therapy for all age groups.
This helps to promote deep relaxation and a sense of calm and relieves anxiety and stress.
Massage signals the brain to release ‘endorphins’ – the chemicals which give us the feelings of wellbeing and are also our natural painkillers. Endorphins reduce the amount of stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) that we make – high levels of which these hormones have been shown toslow healing and impair the immune system.
Lymphatic drainage techniques are particularly helpful for releasing tension.
Therapeutic/ Remedial Massage
This style of massage involves working with tissues on a variety of levels and is often used after injury or strain, but can also be used on a regular basis to “maintain” well being. Remedial massage may reduce stress induced muscle tensions.
During treatment we may work on specific ‘trigger points’ where an area of contracted muscle refers pain to a distant area.
This style of massage is an excellent way of helping to ease musculoskeletal problems.
Deep Tissue/ Sports Massage
These types of massage may benefit people participating in sports and regular exercise and those working in demanding physical jobs.
Treatments vary from back and shoulder work, to deep tissue and muscle work of the legs for runners or people playing sport regularly.
These massages may aid the bodies own natural lymph circulation which eliminates toxins and transports nutrients to the cells.
Back, Neck & Shoulder Treatments
Various levels of pain and sometimes loss of mobility can be caused by problems arising from the head, neck and shoulder areas.
Problems may be caused by stress, injury, posture and other lifestyle factors.
Many of our pains and strains are caused by routine activities such as desk and computer based work, repetitive strains from driving, or even awkward sleeping positions.
As a lot of tension is carried in the neck, shoulders and chest, this massage focuses on opening up the chest, relaxing the shoulders and relieving tensions in the back. This treatment combines a number of stretching and passive movements, guiding the joints gently.
Your feet are like a mirror of your body…they can paint a picture of your health over the last 6-12 months.
There are over 7000 nerve endings in your feet and by treating the reflexes they send nerve signals and stimulate the central nervous system in quite a precise way, which will re-balance your body systems and aid in improving and managing your physical and psychological health.
Up to 75% of illnesses are thought to be stress-related in some form. The aim of reflexology is to encourage your body to heal itself and relieve stress and tension in a totally non-intrusive way, just purely by generating a very deep relaxation within you, which will bring your whole body into total alignment.
Some of the key benefits of reflexology are improved blood circulation, respiratory function, endocrine (hormone) flow, immune activity, pain relief, digestive movement, fatigue, muscle tension, as well as reducing stress and anxiety. It helps detoxify your body by flushing toxins and waste out and thus facilitating better transportation of nutrients, basically it aids the body get to a state of homeostasis (stability), which is the key to life at the end of the day.
The result is a natural balance and you will feel an immense sense of tranquility, calmness and well-being if you make reflexology part of your life. A soothing foot bath prior to your treatment and a relaxing foot massage during and afterwards will enhance your wonderful experience.
What is Hypnosis?
Simply put, it is an altered state of consciousness. We all go in and out of trance states on a daily basis, for example, day dreaming or driving your car from A to B without remembering exactly how you got there. Even though Hypnotherapy involves the induction of a trance like state, you are not asleep. On the contrary, you are fully in control, and although deeply relaxed, have an enhanced state of awareness. Under hypnosis, you experience a sense of deep relaxation, and your attention is focused on the suggestions made by the therapist. The therapist bypasses your conscious mind and speaks directly to your subconscious mind, making suggestions that will bring about the desired lifestyle changes, firmly planting the seeds of change in your subconscious mind.
What happens during a treatment?
Initially you will be invited to consult with a hypnotherapist so that a full assessment of your problem can be made. This allows you to plan and agree an effective programme of treatment.
If hypnosis is agreed as a way forward, you may then be invited to experience hypnosis by being guided towards a state of deep relaxation, which most people find very pleasant. A full treatment will be made to affect the desired positive changes.
Can I be hypnotised?
Yes, everyone has the ability to enter a hypnotic state, but you must want to be hypnotised. The hypnotherapist does not take over control of your mind and cannot make you do anything that you do not want to. Hypnosis is simply a way of communication with your subconscious mind in order to make changes that are good for you. If you do want to be hypnotised, then hypnosis can work very effectively for you.
What can be helped with Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool in contributing towards the successful treatment of a range of conditions including:
- Stress, anxiety and panic attacks
- Sleep problems
- Chronic fatigue and chronic illness
- Problems with confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness
- Body image problems
- Weight loss
- Stop smoking
- Pain control
Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine, in fact the World Health Organisation estimates 85% of the World’s population is still dependant on the healing properties of plants for health and treating disease.
Herbalists treats each person as a unique individual and prescribes herbal medicines to obtain or regain optimum health. The condition treated may be of a short or long term nature.
Medical Herbalists are trained in similar diagnostics and clinical skills to orthodox doctors but they treat in a holistic way by seeking and identifying the underlying cause of the problem, not just the symptoms of the disease.
Our Pilates instructor Helen Dixon offers 1-2-1 Pilates classes from our very own Pilates studio here at Northallerton Osteopaths. Classes are expected to return to our in-house studio at Hale House as the COVID restrictions ease in May 2021.
What is Pilates?
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and wellbeing.
Pilates exercises are done on a mat or using special equipment, such as the Reformer table. With its system of pulleys and springs, handles and straps, the apparatus can provide either resistance or support, depending on your needs.
Who is Pilates for?
Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. The apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge their body.
What are the health benefits of Pilates?
Practitioners say regular pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. For elite athletes, including dancers, pilates can complement training by developing whole-body strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.
What's the difference between Pilates vs. Yoga?
While the methods are different, pilates and yoga both develop strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.
Both systems emphasise the connection between physical and mental health, although yoga places more emphasis on relaxation and uses meditation. Pilates is performed both on apparatus and mats, whereas classic yoga does not require any equipment.
Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement without the static poses associated with yoga.
To book an appointment please call the clinic or Book Online.
Yoga classes from our in-house studio at Hale House will be able to go ahead from May 17th 2021. Here are the classes that were taking place before the COVID restrictions came into place:
Hatha Yoga – Tuesdays 7:30-9pm (Suzanne Calvert)
Kundalini Yoga Thursdays 6:15 - 7:30pm (Nicole Jackson)
Yin Yoga Thursdays 7:45 - 8:45pm (Nicole Jackson)
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an old discipline from India. It is both spritual and physical. Yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise and meditation. It aims to improve physical and mental health.
A person doing yoga will move from one posture (called asana) to another. For example, the “sun-salutation” contains 12 poses of asanas, one after the other, and is said to help balance body and soul.
There is often a confusion about this branch of Yoga. People think that all Yoga is Hatha. Hatha Yoga is the physical aspect of Yoga, not all Yoga. Hatha can be broken down into 'Ha' meaning Sun and 'Tha' meaning Moon, balancing the Yin and the Yang. A typical Hatha class starts with Pranayama ( breath work), then a series of warm up movements, we then move onto the main asanas (poses) with a focus on alignment before slowly winding down and ending with Savasana (relaxation).
Yin Yoga gives us the space to slow down, a chance to stay with our experiences rather than rushing. Yin Yoga focuses on the fascia of the body- connective tissue, tendons and ligaments, together with the joints. Yin Yoga is a very slow practice and works the area of the body 'above the knees and below the navel'. All postures are practised seated or lying down and often held for around 5 minutes. During this sustained hold there is an encouragement of softness and muscle has a chance to release. It gives us a chance to be still and really turn inwards and listen to the body. It can become a deeply relaxing and nurturing practice.
Please note all bookings and general enquires must go direct to Suzanne or Nicole.
Northallerton Osteopaths at Hale House is only a venue for these classes.
Nicole Jackson – Yin Yoga
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Suzanne Calvert – Hatha Yoga
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