Osteopathy at Skylarks
The Osteopathic Clinic opened in September 2007 offering osteopathic treatment to children with additional needs and their siblings. The clinic ceased temporarily in autumn 2017 but we are pleased to say that the clinic started up again in January 2019 and is now running every Tuesday afternoon in term time with our fantastic team of three volunteer paediatric osteopaths.
Treatment sessions are held weekly during term time on Tuesday afternoons from 2.45 to 5.15 p.m.
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 book two appointments of 30 minutes each, so that you have a 60 minute appointment on your first visit. After that you may need a 30 minute appointment every 2 or 3 weeks, as advised by your therapist. 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.
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.
The therapists will recommend how often you should make an appointment. They usually suggest every 2 or 3 weeks. If you make more appointments than that, 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.
The photo above shows Janice and Gus
They will be very happy to talk to you in advance, or spend a session with you, if you would like further information about treatment.
An optional donation of £6.00 per session is suggested. This can be paid in cash or by contactless card payment on the day.
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.