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By dembones, Apr 23 2013 03:25PM

Many people ask what is Cranial Osteopathy and how does it differ from just 'Osteopathy'.

In training, Osteopaths are taught a variety of treatment methods and techniques, ranging from the well known 'high velocity thrust' with its dramatic clicks, to the very gently applied methods used by so called 'cranial osteopaths'. Osteopaths vary their treatment methods depending on their own personal preference and individual patients' problems. Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of any stresses found throughout the body during examination, including the head. Cranial Osteopathy can be so gentle that often the patient feels very little, however the key with this type of treatment is the identification of specific areas of stress and dysfunction in the body, and the release of these specific areas. The beneficial effects can be far reaching and often unexpected because the aim of treatment is towards harmony and balance throughout the musculoskeletal system of the whole body.

Cranial osteopathy is particularly beneficial when treating babies, small children, the elderly and chronic stubborn problems that have not responded to other physical therapies. For further information please call Julie at the clinic.

By dembones, Mar 27 2013 10:33PM

The importance of the relationship between osteopathy and dentistry can not be overstated. The face is a complex bony structure composed of a number of different bones, some of which are very delicate and intricately linked together in a complex way. All the bones of the face, like those in the rest of the body, are free to move very minutely which they do in a gentle rhythmical fashion. This movement is important in maintaining free drainage of the sinuses, and permitting the free passage of air through the nose. Trauma to the face may restrict the normal movement between the bones, and can have wide reaching effects in the whole body.

Most often dentistry is skilfully performed with the minimum of stress to the mechanics of the face. However, there is an important connection between the stresses resulting from dental treatments (such as tooth extractions, dentures and plates, and orthodontic work) and the types of problems osteopaths treat (clicking jaws, bruxism-grinding teeth, headaches, sinus problems and neck pain).

It is worth consulting an osteopath if you are suffering from pain or tension in the face, head or neck especially if in association with on-going dental treatment. A combination of osteopathy with dentistry can ease this process in the short term and prevent problems in the long term.

By dembones, Mar 13 2013 08:54PM

Hi all,

BabyBloom Mother & Child clinic is having a coffee morning on Thursday 21st in the Julie Ellwood Clinic. This is a great opportunity to come into the clinic and find out for yourselves what the new Mother & Child clinic is offering the community. There are many different therapies focused on the needs of women and their family. Dad's and grandparents are also very welcome. The rooms of the clinic will be opened so people can wander through and get a feel for the place. All therapists will be at hand to answer any questions that people might have. Otherwise, it will be a nice opportunity to meet with other young families and chill out.

Please feel free to come along. It will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. And let your friends know about it.

Julie :)

By guest, Jan 28 2013 08:30PM

Colic is the general name given to a range of infant digestive disorders that include

- Reflux

- Infant gut irritability

- Lactose intolerance

- Allergy.

Each of these types of colic has different signs and symptoms, and needs to be managed or treated in different ways therefore it is helpful to distinguish between them.

- The earliest signs of colic is that the baby is very flatulent (farty), and the stools are explosively delivered

- The baby is obviously uncomfortable and often seems in considerable pain

- The stomach is distended or swollen and loud gurgling sounds can be heard in the abdomen

- The baby may arch his back during a colic attack, and bring his knees up to his stomach

- The baby may cry inconsolably for several hours and nothing seems to pacify her

- The baby may also suffer from low level colic, when he is restless and uncomfortable but not crying.

Facts about colic

It is the most common and sometimes the most distressing affliction of young infants, affecting up to 30% of babies. Research has shown that approximately half of all affected babies improve naturally by 3 months, and by 6 months nearly 9 out of 10 babies have improved.

Signs of colic appear soon after birth but rarely after the first month. At 6-8 weeks after birth the symptoms seem to peak. Generally those infants that display the earliest symptoms will be the ones most severly affected.

Stress that affects the mother in pregnancy, during labour or after the birth, has also been shown to be a cause of infantile colic. Reseach studies have shown that if a baby suffers from severe colic then other brothers and sisters are more likely to be affected.

Julie is currently undertaking her PhD research into investigating the possibility of underlying mechanical causes of infantile colic and will continue to feed this blog with more information on how the symptoms of colic can be most effectively managed.

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