The distance a baby travels in birth is little more than the length of the baby itself. But the twisting and turning subjects the baby to enormous forces as it squeezes through the resistances of the birth canal and pelvis.
The baby’s head has an exceptional ability to adapt to these stresses: to reduce the head size, bones overlap, bend and twist to accommodate the movements. But the position of the baby’s head and neck at the onset of labour are not always optimal for the best delivery. This can result in some babies being born with odd-shaped heads. Fortunately, during the first few days, the head usually returns to its usual shape as the baby yawns, cries and suckles. However, in cases of extremely quick or long and difficult births, the unmoulding process is often incomplete. As a result, the baby may have to live with strains within its body, head and neck. We can help to treat the symptoms resulting from these strains.
In the vast majority of cases, a few visits to our paediatric osteopath in Cheltenham will enable the baby’s inherent healing ability to release the strains. The younger the baby is treated, the easier and more profound the benefits can be. Anybody, of any age, can benefit from osteopathy.
Prices: see individual therapists
Karl became an osteopath after a life-changing experience that was transformed by an osteopath. At the age of 15, Karl was hit by a lorry as he stood waiting for the school bus and, as a result of the multiple fractures, he was confined to a wheelchair and crutches. Searching for remedies, Karl stumbled on an osteopath from a recommendation even though, at 15, he had no idea what one was. The osteopath offered three options for treatment: 1) the gentle and painless, but very slow and therefore costly way; 2) the drastic and rapid result, but potentially painful way, which is therefore the least costly way; 3) a personalised compromise between 1) and 2). As a 15-year-old previously very active youngster, he chose the rapid result way; after a thorough treatment and a few yelps, Karl was helped on to his feet and the osteopath suggested he took a few steps unaided. Karl was mesmerised and immediately decided osteopathy was the job for him.
As his training began, it was soon clear that his passion to learn the skills to help others – as he has been helped – stood out and that this path was as much a calling as a career. Karl is in no way a specialist in helping a particular group, age, sporting type, injury type or ailment. He treats everybody. He has 21 years of practising the full range of osteopathic styles – from the gentle cranial style that is very helpful for babies, children, pregnancy ailments, autism, and the elderly – to strong powerful structural osteopathy that is beneficial for people who’ve been in traumatic accidents or suffered sporting injuries. Karl treats professional rugby players from Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors. He also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of cranial and structural osteopathy. So he can be effective yet still very gentle to new babies, premature babies, the elderly and frail as well as rapidly effective to builders, plumbers, carpenters, professional rugby players and marathon runners who all hope for a quick relief so they can return to work as soon as possible.
As Karl has matured with his skills, he has realised that, as much as he does everything he can to help people return to healthy, painless, wellness as quickly as possible, a single treatment can only relieve some of the problems that caused the symptoms. Often, one treatment can result in complete relief short term. However, it will take a few treatments to undo all the strain, injury, inflammation, the compensations to the problem and the habits linked to the problem etc. Karl has reached a point in his career where he can honestly say that, in most cases, it will take a succession of treatments to restore optimum balanced function to give his patients a sustained period free of any symptom and, ultimately, health and wellness. For people committed to this step-by-step road to wellness, there is a discount (which will be highlighted below)
The steps along the road to recovery and wellness
At Oakwell Health we all aim to help you BE AS WELL AS YOU CAN BE, FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN BE. To highlight the fact that the road to recovery and wellness can be a gradual process of undoing injury/tissue damage (as best as is possible) and the compensations and habits that occur, I have created two lists. An Action and Symptom list RELIEF > RECOVERY > IMPROVE > CORRECTING >HEALING > STABLE > ENHANCE > PREVENTION Less pain > more movement > feeling better > much better > ? stronger ? > feeling good > nearly there > optimum. The ?? are there because many of us think we are ‘fixed’ when all we are is out of pain – the problem is just less bad enough for it to not hurt. True wellness is being as best as you can be for as long as you can be. To undo all of the reasons we suffer pain so as to reach as close to a ‘cure’ as is possible, many things have to change, not just to relieve the symptom but to fix the underlying problems, too.
Some problems need drastic, vigorous and thorough treatment and some need a less drastic and far less intensive treatment, as too much change at once can almost be traumatising to an already exhausted body. I have, therefore, decided to offer more variety in treatment options. After an initial consultation, a course of treatment in sessions will be explained for your consideration. Some or most will be 15-minute sessions, but for some complex and serious cases 30-minute sessions will be suggested as the best course.
The half-hour session will be holistically focused and the treatment extensive, where almost every element contributing to the symptom will be addressed. A fully-focused transformational approach is taken to undo the injury, the compensation to the injury, and a “service” to the less affecting parts of the skeleton, to ensure the healing process is as best it can be.
The 15-minute session will be a little less holistic and a much less intense approach to hands-on health care. Instead of trying to fix everything, the appointment will deal with the main components to the injury/symptom, aiming to restore function and pain relief in a not-so-fully comprehensive and potentially overwhelming way. If you have had severe symptoms from a list of damaging traumatic incidents (whether of a physical or emotional nature) please do not hope a single 15-minute session will offer the same benefit as a single 30-minute one might.
TWICE AS MUCH HALF AS OFTEN, OR HALF AS MUCH TWICE AS OFTEN
Along the road to wellness, it can be considered that two 15-minute sessions in a fortnight will offer the same results as one 30-minute session in the same timescale. Acute flair-ups to an old injury or a recent injury that is painful and immobilising is more likely to benefit from half as much twice as often (two 15-minute sessions close together). A chronic debilitating problem is more likely to respond better to twice as much half as often (one 30-minute session with a fortnight to recover and rehabilitate ) but we will get you to wellness all the same.
Commitment to wellness discount is as follows:
for 1 — 30-minute treatment £62 (also initial consultation)
for 3 — 30-minute treatments £58 a session
for 5 — £55 a session
for 10 — £50 a session
Babies 1 hour treatment — £110
Follow-ups if necessary, as above
for 1 — 15-minute treatment £40
for 3 — 15-minute treatments £38 a session
for 6 — 15-minute treatments £35 a session
for 10 — 15-minute £33 a session
This is a loyalty offer with no implied schedule – and in no way an attempt to suggest you opt for frequent and unnecessary treatments.
This price change does not apply to the chronically ill, over 65s, and those receiving palliative care.