Osteopathy at Skylarks
The Osteopathic Clinic at Skylarks opened in September 2007 offering osteopathic treatment to children with additional needs.
Treatment sessions are held weekly during term time on Tuesday afternoons at the Crossway Centre. We usually have 2 osteopaths offering treatment at the same time in the same room.
We also offer play sessions, music therapy, drama and karate at the Crossway Centre on Tuesday afternoons, so you are welcome to combine your osteopathy appointment with any of our other activities. Please book these separately.
If our osteopathy appointments are fully booked, please put your child's name on the waiting list for the dates you are available and we will contact you if a space becomes available. Sometimes cancellations can happen at the last minute due to illness etc so please also check the website for last minute availability. The waiting list is here:
Appointment times are as follows:
2.45 – 3.15
3.20 – 3.50
3.55 – 4.25
4.30 – 5.00
*These appointments are highly sought after. If you cannot make an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can offer it to someone else. Thank you*
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an ideal treatment for babies and children because it is safe and very gentle.
It can benefit a wide range of health problems from glue ear, asthma, and allergies to digestive disturbances such as colic and reflux. Osteopathy can also help in more complex situations such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism and learning difficulties, as osteopaths look at the health of the individual as a whole not just individual symptoms.
Osteopaths use a very subtle contact to release tensions within the body, freeing blood and nerve supplies to encourage the body’s natural healing process, helping to restore health and well being. Most children find the treatment relaxing and enjoyable.
Treatments are offered in a relaxed informal atmosphere and are tailored to meet each child’s needs. An initial assessment is made on the first visit where a comprehensive case history is taken, an osteopathic examination is made, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. This takes about an hour and we try to include some treatment on the first visit. Follow up treatments are 30 minutes.
If you are taking part in our osteopathy clinic for the first time, please aim to book two appointments of 30 minutes each, so that you have a 60 minute appointment on your first visit. If this is not possible, please don't worry - just book a single appointment for your first session and the therapist will concentrate on taking a medical history in this session - treatment can then wait till the next session.
If your child has had osteopathy treatment with one of our therapists before, please book a 30 minute appointment. The therapist will then suggest how often to book appointments after that.
The therapists will recommend how often you should make an appointment. They usually suggest every 2 or 3 weeks. Please don't book more sessions than you are advised to. We adhere to a fair access policy which you can read here. If you make more appointments than advised, we may ask you to cancel some or may have to cancel them ourselves. Please be considerate of other people who also would like to use this service. Thank you.
Our volunteer osteopaths, Janice, Gus and Gayle, are registered with the General Osteopathic Council and have completed extensive postgraduate training specialising in the treatment of children. Gus and Gayle are the therapists who deliver the treatment and Janice is their supervisor. Please book your first appointment with either Gus or Gayle and then try to book all further appointments with the same therapist.
Our osteopaths will be very happy to talk to you in advance, or spend a session with you, if you would like further information about treatment.
How much does it cost?
All our services are free of charge, in order to allow everyone to participate. However, we hope that you will find this service useful and wish to make a donation. An optional donation of £6.00 per session is suggested. This can be paid by contactless payment on the day or via our website.
What do I need to do before I come?
What do sessions at the Crossway Centre look like?
Buggies and prams can be left under the stairs where they will not obstruct exits or access to the lift.
All staff wear purple Skylarks T-shirts and all volunteers will wear orange T-shsirts, so that you can recognise us!
We can make you a cup of tea or coffee. Please keep all hot drinks out of the reach of children.
You may bring your own snacks, but please do not share them and please do not bring anything containing nuts or sesame. Please do not leave water bottles where they might be used by others. Please supervise your children when eating to make sure they don’t leave food lying around and please clean up any spillages or leftovers.
If your child has a toileting accident, we ask you to clean up. We will provide gloves and cleaning materials. Please have a spare set of clothes with you.
Donations can be made by contactless card reader, not in cash.
Thank you for helping to make Skylarks a safe place for everyone