Elaine Elkington, Registered Osteopath 07770 606 359
Elaine works in the nursery at the You & Your Baby Hub -Bransbury park Southsea on Wednesdays
I have been a Registered Osteopath since 2000 after training with The European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone. In this same year I undertook post-graduate training in London with the Sutherland Cranial College.
With osteopathy practices in Bethnal Green, East London, Primrose hill, Camden and Southsea, Portsmouth, I offer treatment for all the family, including babies and toddlers. I treat all ages from the very young to the very old! My youngest patient to date is 2 days old and my oldest was 95 years old. I have been qualified as an Osteopath for over 15 years and I work using both cranial technique and conventional osteopathy.
As well as treating babies, I enjoy treating children and teenagers although don’t get this opportunity as much as I’d like as many parents are not aware that Osteopaths can help children. I treat children with injuries such as a knee strain from dancing and teenagers for problems such as sport related injuries and head or neck pain as well as tension or anxiety from the pressures of school life and exams. I have also treated younger children for less obvious things such as being fidgety; easily distracted; lacking co-ordination in gross movements; being off-colour for a few days for no apparent reason. Children mostly have good vitality and usually respond well to treatment.
Patients sometimes ask why I have a practice in Portsmouth as well as London. This is because I have an elderly mother there who I am able to help by being close to hand. Family is important to me and being able to be involved in the care of my elderly father at the end of his life was something very special.
I have worked as a registered osteopath and cranial osteopath for over sixteen years in Bethnal Green, East London(E2), Primrose Hill, Camden, NW1 and Southsea, Portsmouth helping patients with a range of different problems, pain and loss of mobility. I regularly treat babies as well as women during pregnancy and following birth. More generally, I can help with gentle treatment to ease anxiety, tension headaches and stress.
What is cranial osteopathy?
Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is very gentle, safe and effective for all ages. This treatment approach engages the movement of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, the subtle movement of the bones of the head and sacrum to encourage the release of tension throughout the whole body.
Cranial osteopathy aims to release accumulated stresses and strains of the body and engage, through gentle pressure to the head and sacrum, the self healing mechanism of the body. All osteopathy is based on this self healing principle (homeostasis). Cranial osteopathy is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly.
Cranial osteopaths often see babies who appear to be in discomfort or are unsettled, for example a 9 month old was brought to me who had not slept through the night since birth.
A lot of babies have had an assisted delivery such as ventouse or emergency Caesarian Section and many mums have had a labour that was induced. Cranial osteopathy can be used as a way of helping with any retained moulding resulting from such interventions at birth.
Osteopathy is used to treat people with low back pain, problems resulting from car accidents, neck pain and stiffness, tension headaches, and shoulder problems all using soft tissue and manipulation techniques as well as subtle cranial osteopathy and gentle functional technique
Cranial osteopathy is very gentle and effective for most conditions and is my main approach when treating babies, toddlers and children. I use cranial osteopathy to treat women during pregnancy and after the birth. As a cranial osteopath, and as part of my continual professional development, I am following a course of biodynamic cranial osteopathy over eight years and am half way through this training programme. Biodynamic cranial osteopathy is built on the body of osteopathy as it originated in the late 1800’s and eary-mid 1900’s by the founding fathers Andrew Taylor Still and William Garner Sutherland.
How Can Osteopathy Help?
As an osteopath, I commonly see people for whiplash, sciatica, low and upper back pain, neck and shoulder problems, work related back pain and smaller joint problems as well as a host of other conditions. Unsettled babies, children and elderly people with aching joints all respond to gentle osteopathy. If you are unsure if osteopathy or cranial osteopathy will be likely to help you, please do give me a call: 07770 606 359 – I would be happy to talk things through with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will I need?
The number of treatments varies from person to person and depending on the condition and how long you’ve had it. Most commonly, three to six treatments are needed to improve or resolve the problem. Sometimes one treatment is sufficient.
How much does it cost?
Initial consultation/treatment = £50.00; follow-up £45.00
Babies and children follow-up £40.00
Mother and newborn (up to 4 weeks old) as new patients £85.00
Twins as infants £85.00; follow-up £70.00
Can I use my health insurance cover to pay for treatment?
Yes. I can invoice most health insurance companies directly once provided with authorisation codes.
Do you offer home visits?
I do home visits if necessary. I charge for my travel time and time to get set up with the portable couch etc. in addition to the treatment charge so they can be costly. In cases of hardship I would negotiate the charge. An example of a home visit was for a patient whose baby was delivered by forceps due to the difficult labour. She found it hard to get out for the first few months and I was able to visit her at home.
Can I be treated fully clothed?
Yes, although it may be preferable to partially undress so that assessment can be carried out more easily.
I am based in the Nursery at the You and Your Baby Hub in Bransbury Park on a Wednesday – it is at the rear of Eastney Community centre