Osteopath Treatments for Mother and Baby
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 Southsea and London, 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. I have been qualified as an Osteopath for over 18 years and I work using both cranial technique (especially with babies) and structural osteopathy. I also treat women during pregnancy and following birth.
As well as treating babies, I enjoy treating children and teenagers although do not get this opportunity as much as I would 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. Babies and children usually have good vitality and respond well to treatment.
Patients sometimes ask why I have a practice in Portsmouth as well as London. I grew up in Portsmouth and have been able to support my parents as they got older by being close to hand. Family is important to me and being fully involved, along with my sister, in the care of my mum and dad at the end of their lives was something very special.
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Osteopathic treatment using the cranial approach is very gentle, safe and effective for all ages. This treatment approach engages 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 and sciatica, 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 osteopathy.
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. 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
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