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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

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The Centre of Osteopathy & Complementary Health

Pregnancy & Children's Clinic
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Pre & Post Natal Osteopathy
Pregnancy is a very physical experience and can cause general aches and pains including joint and and back pain can Osteopathy could help.

Poor posture, a history of back pain or, if the mother had suffered any significant trauma to her body before falling pregnant, can have a dramatic effect on how her body will cope with the postural changes required during pregnancy. A back that is already under strain from any pre-existing limitations, will struggle to accommodate the growing uterus. This can cause a variety of problems, from lower back pain, shoulder tightness, neck pain, headaches, aching of the legs and undue fatigue.

Osteopathic treatment may help relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and after birth.

After the baby is born, it is important for both mother and child to be checked to ensure that any variations that may have been created by either pregnancy or labour can be addressed. These re-assessments are recommended in an attempt to avoid unnecessary complications in later pregnancies. 


Enter the name for this tabbed section: Children’s Osteopathy
Each child has their own unique story to tell of their short life. They would have been influenced by an enormous amount of factors. Starting with the health of their parents before birth and the wide range of physical, chemical, nutritional and emotional influences during the nine months in the womb. Many people believe that babies and children are too young and pliable to suffer from structural stresses and strains, but in reality they can do. Birth itself can be a very stressful time for the baby, both physically and emotionally. If there are difficulties and complications with the birth, this can put immense strain on certain structure within the baby's body. 

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for children and babies. 

A number of types of osteopathic treatment and techniques are suitable for children and babies at all stages of development. Osteopathy is gentle manipulation that could help soothe and relax your baby. Only those techniques deemed appropriate at the time will be applied and each treatment plan will be discussed with the parent in advance.


Enter the name for this tabbed section: Homeopathy
Homeopathy is an alternative form of medicine used by people world-wide for over 200 years. It acknowledges that the body is capable of self-healing and is stimulated to achieve a curative state by prescribing the right medicine for the individual and supporting key systems of the body. The symptoms you are experiencing are only part of how you may have become ill. Homeopathic medicine is non-toxic and non-addictive and perfect for everyone including children, pregnant women and the elderly. It can be taken either on its own or alongside conventional medication.
For example, in conventional medicine, the treatment of Hay Fever is the same for everyone - antihistamines, but the Homeopathic approach is different. 10 people with the same disease of Hay Fever may each be prescribed a different Homeopathic medicine because it is given based on the person’s individual and unique character, rather than the disease.

The huge success of Homeopathic medicine is based upon this bespoke method because it focuses on how you became ill, your emotions, your diet and lifestyle and your unique response to the disease you have. No wonder Homeopaths have so many patient referrals!
  • Homeopathy can be given to babies, adults, the older generation as well as animals
  • Homeopathic pills are non-addictive and have no side effects plus they taste nice and easily dissolve on the tongue
  • It can be given alongside conventional medicine
  • The Homeopathic consultation is long enough to tell your unique story, everything you say is relevant to how you feel
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Play Therapy
Play is essential for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially. It fosters imagination and creativity and encourage concentration and confidence. It offers children the opportunity to consider and acknowledge their feelings. Our Play Therapy approach is based on the theories of Virginia Axline, Carl Rogers and Margaret Lowenfield, amongst others, who postulate that from an early age children are able to make choices and take responsibilities in line with their age and ability.
A play therapist works with children aged from 4 - 11 years of age, or adolescents, that may be experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioural or psychological difficulties. Through play and art the child can safely explore their concerns and make sense of them in a supported environment, in which it is not important for them to verbally express their difficulties. Through the play and creative media children can work through issues such as separation and loss, anxiety, abuse, trauma, etc. in a gentle and non-invasive manner. The therapist can help the child or the adolescent increase insight into troubling thoughts and feelings to understand and reduce internal conflict. Play therapists can work with parents/carers throughout the intervention to offer support to manage behaviour and to improve the parent/child relationships. 
Play therapy techniques allow a child complete freedom of choice within safe boundaries where there is no judgement, no right or wrong, allowing the child complete freedom to express him or herself verbally, physically or with the play and creative art materials. The child learns to develop strategies of how to manage situations in the real world more appropriately. they can learn positive
behaviour patterns, self-esteem and confidence can be raised, experience improved peer and family relationships, make sense of loss or separation, improve sleep patterns, and decrease anxiety. Play therapy can be helpful to children with learning, social, communication and behavioural difficulties and those with ADHD or on the Autistic Spectrum. If you feel your child may benefit from Play Therapy then the first stage is for a telephone consultation to establish whether to proceed to the initial assessment. Initial assessment lasts approximately one hour. Sessions are usually weekly at a prearranged time, and the number of sessions is agreed at the Initial Assessment with the date for review, after which further sessions may be arranged if required.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy Massage is a technique involved in deep bodywork designed to hopefully improve your circulation, take some of the strain off your muscles and joints.

Studies show that massage may reduce stress hormones in your body and may relax and loosen your muscles. As well as increasing blood flow, it may keep your lymphatic system working at peak efficiency, flushing out toxins from your body it can be very relaxing for the body and mind.

During pregnancy, regular prenatal massages may: help you relax, relieve insomnia, joint pain, neck and back pain, leg cramping, sciatica, carpal tunnel pain, and alleviate headaches and sinus congestion — all common pregnancy problems. Massage may also lift depression without the use of medication, according to some scientific studies.

Therapists are only insured to massage after a 12 week scan so please do let us know if you are in the early stages of pregancy. Check with your practitioner before receiving a prenatal massage if you have any of the following symtoms:
Diabetes, morning sickness, vomiting regularly or you have been diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, a fever, a contagious virus or have abdominal pain or bleeding.

In the duration of pregnancy we also recommend either of the following treatments: Hot Stone Massage and Reflexology.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Hypo-birthing
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Reflexology for Pregnancy
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Sidney
The Centre of Osteopathy and Complementary Health has been an established part of the community for well over ten years now. Based in Hythe, we offer a wide variety of treatments to help promote and improve general health and fitness.

We are also keen to promote and educate the younger generation in long-term spinal health. This is an important message. Learning about a good diet, the benefits of regular exercise to promote good bone development and an understanding of good posture will ensure the support of long-term musculoskeletal health.

Sidney is a very popular character around Hythe and has a busy time promoting spinal health. Sidney can be used in a fun way to teach children about keeping healthy, incorporating memory games, drawing and exercise.
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