“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
- Hippocrates -
What is Naturopathy/Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine recognises the different factors that can affect a person’s health and uses natural diet, nutrition and lifestyle advice for treating and preventing both acute and chronic conditions.
How long are the sessions?
Naturopathy consultations are one hour and treatments are 30 minutes.
Zoë can combine Naturopathy and Osteopathy to treat you physically and talk about Naturopathic advice in the same session or you can have a separate Naturopathy session.
What happens during the first visit?
In your first session, Zoë will ask you questions about your medical history, any current symptoms, your aims of treatment and questions about your job and lifestyle. It is important to get details of these aspects of your life to suggest treatments and improvements more effectively. A physical examination may be carried out, such as postural assessment, abdominal examination and blood pressure testing. After the assessment, Zoë will talk you through her findings and begin giving advice and information. Further information may be sent to you in the post or via email if necessary.
Follow up appointments will reassess changes since the last session and continue treatment. In the first visit, Zoë will have explained the expected number of sessions needed and her long-term aims from the treatment.
What is Cranial Osteopathy and how does it work?
Cranial Osteopathy is a very subtle form of Osteopathy, not a separate method altogether, which uses the very sensitive sense of touch Osteopaths develop (called ‘palpation’) to feel tissues in the body and treat any problems that it senses. Despite the name, it can be used on all areas of the body, not just the head. Osteopaths will usually spend time palpating tissues and listening to the body to locate any areas of tension or dysfunction. Then using very subtle movements, they will work to support the re-balancing of problematic areas and assist the body’s natural self-healing mechanism.
Who is it suitable for?
Because it’s such a gentle and safe form of assessment and treatment, Cranial Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages, including babies and women during pregnancy. In older children and adults, Cranial Osteopathy can help identify problems caused by previous injuries or traumas as well as treat more acute (recent) injuries.
What does Cranial treatment feel like?
Cranial feels different for each person and can differ depending on the part of the body being treated too. The most common sensations people describe are feelings of warmth, feeling tension or that tension “lifting” or “releasing” and feelings of relaxation- some people are so relaxed they fall asleep, which shows what a calming experience people find it!
What evidence is there for Cranial Osteopathy?
Although it is difficult to perform scientific research to explain and prove how Cranial Osteopathy works, there is growing evidence for it, partly because of the public’s growing interest in natural healthcare. Recent research has shed more light on the anatomy and physiology that both Cranial Osteopathy and Structural Osteopathy work on, including fluid movement in the body and the structure and function of connective tissue called fascia.
“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”
- William Garner Sutherland, founder of Cranial Osteopathy -
Zoë practices ‘dry needling’, which involves inserting small acupuncture needles into specific areas of muscles that are causing pain. They are usually inserted into ‘trigger points’, areas of tightened fascia and muscles caused by overuse or injury. Pain can be felt both locally at the trigger point and also elsewhere in the body (referred pain) and dry needling aims to relieve this pain.
Single-use sterile needles are used after the area is cleaned well, so there is minimal risk of infection. The needles are very fine so usually nothing is felt when the needles are inserted, other than a light ‘tap’. The needles can be left for a few minutes to allow the muscle to relax.
Zoë uses dry needling in her osteopathic treatments as needed and there is no additional charge. She will explain dry needling thoroughly if she thinks it would be beneficial for you and is happy to answer any questions prior to treatment.