Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment, a patient-centred therapy that lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. It is a way of detecting and treating damaged/injured parts of the body (and thus alleviating pain) in tissues such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced (in alignment) it will function efficiently with the minimum of wear, stress and energy, thereby reducing pain and disease. It is our aim as osteopaths to achieve such balance. Such wear and tear can, after years, irritate the nerves to our muscles and organs leaving them sensitive, overworked or both. This is usually the main cause for symptoms such as migraine, heartburn, asthma, IBS, constipation, dietary sensitivities, headache, backache, neckache – the list is long.
Our main strength lies in the unique way that the patient is assessed, from a mechanical, functional and postural (a holistic) point of view.
The treatment you receive will be tailor-made to your individual condition. We combine a variety of different techniques depending on what will best aid your recovery and reduce your pain. This includes spinal manipulation, cranial osteopathy, soft tissue massage, mobilisation, dietary advice, postural and ergonomic support, specific exercises and stretches and acupuncture. For certain conditions like pregnancy or IBS, for example, the osteopath might suggest you also have another therapy to ensure a swift and full recovery, like massage or reflexology or colonic irrigation.
At Oakwell Health Centre we have two osteopaths: Karl and Kerri. Each has their own unique source of inspiration and passion for healing with integrity. If the osteopath you were recommended cannot see you at the time you most preferred, then please be assured that the other osteopath at Oakwell Health will be able to help you. By having two osteopaths, who, between us, work morning to evening Monday to Friday and daytime Saturdays, we are able to offer you an osteopath to suit the time you request and the treatment style you’d most prefer.
The osteopaths at Oakwell Health Centre are fully qualified, with a minimum of four years full-time training and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. At the time of its discovery, it was thought only to work on the head/cranium, hence its name. Because it is gentle, this type of treatment is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.
New Baby – 60 min – £150.00
New Adult – 30 min – £80.00
Returning baby/adult – £80.00
Concessions – £45.00
Prices are different for Karl Turner (click his link below)
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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 injuries, 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 and, after a thorough treatment and a few yelps, the osteopath helped him on to his feet and 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 – soon stood out above others and that this chosen path was as much of a calling as it was a career. Karl in no way is a specialist in helping any 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 but also has an interest in treatments which relieve the strains of pregnancy and labour, as well as complications of delivery using a mix of both 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 fully 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 help 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.