WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY
Osteopathy is a well-recognised system of diagnosis and treatment which can address a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including joint and muscular pain, headaches, anxiety and sleep problems.
Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Using a highly developed sense of touch, they identify problem areas of the body and work hands-on both to investigate and treat the underlying causes of pain identifying the root cause rather than just treating symptoms, effecting long term results.
A combination of gentle stretching, massage and joint mobilising techniques are used to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process, increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension and to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues.
The most commonly treated conditions are back and neck pain - but the scope is far wider. Osteopaths focus on the body's skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. Kathy also has a special interest in headaches, anxiety and physical trauma, which she approaches very successfully using a gentle osteopathic approach called cranial osteopathy.
This is a gentle method of releasing deeply held, chronic tensions throughout the body, and over-reactions in the nervous system which can be the result of a car accident, falls, stress, bad posture, or a long term illness.
Cranial osteopaths treat the whole body, not just the head. This approach is at the more gentle, subtle end of the spectrum of treatment styles. But although this feels gentle, it works at a deep level promoting lasting benefits to health and wellbeing, helping patients to feel more calm and balanced.
Typical problems that osteopathy can help with include:
• Neck pain
• Headaches and migraines
• Shoulder/Elbow and Wrist pain
• Knee and Hip pain
• Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
• Mid-back pain
• Lower back pain
• Inability to relax: symptoms of anxiety
ABOUT KATHY DRAKE
Kathy has a wealth of experience in healthcare and has practised as an osteopath for over 20 years after initially training and working as a nurse at St Bartholomews Hospital in London. For a number of years she ran a complementary therapy centre in Cirencester working with other healthcare practitioners including GPs. She has achieved Fellowship status of the Sutherland College of Cranial Osteopathy which involved many years of post-graduate study and training.
She is a Member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the UK’s main regulatory body and a Member of the British Osteopathic Association and Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Centre of Excellence. She is recognised by all private health insurers such as BUPA and AXA PPP.
Kathy grew up in Flushing where she spent her childhood and to where she has recently returned to live. During her leisure time she enjoys gig rowing and sailing and is a member of two local choirs.
If you're interested in a treatment please contact one of our Health Club Team on 01326 312 707, pop in to book a session or you can contact Kathy directly on 07394016554.