Osteopathy for Babies - Birth Presentations

treating babies Jun 11, 2020

Osteopathy for babies required good hands on skills, and that develops as you treat more babies.

However, one of the way to fast track those hands on skills which I will explore in the video below is to have an understanding of birth trauma and the forces on baby during birth. As having that knowledge allows your hands to better understand what you are feeling under your hands as you treat baby.

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Learning to cope with babies that cry is a key element when treating babies

treating babies Jun 04, 2020

If you looking to learn pediatric osteopathy it's really helpful to be up front with yourself about what to expect when you actually start treating babies.

 Because yes it is awesome fun, and yes treating babies is amazingly rewarding, but let's not sugar coat this, babies cry and when you're first starting that can be unnerving.

So it's really key to realise that it's ok, it doesnt mean you're a failure as a baby whisperer!

In fact often it's even more than ok, as it's also a great opportunity for healing for some mums - how, wellI'll discuss this more in this video.


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Hot hands during treatment


 Hot hands during treatment - What does it mean ?

Often patient's will comment favourably on the heat of a practitioners hands, but it can happen that it can sometimes be too hot for a patient.

So Hot hands, cold hands,  why does it change and what does it mean for our treatments. This video explores this topic.

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Is our diagnosis getting in the way of a good treatment?

treating adults Apr 26, 2018

We are taught to always get a diagnosis before treating and yes that's important but the way the human brain works often means that that mental diagnosis actually narrows our perceptive field and decreases our palpation skills and hence our ability to treat our patient.

This short 3 minute video suggests an answer to this problem.


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Getting Better by Doing Less !

treating adults Mar 22, 2018

I discovered this by accident after struggling to treat low backs when I first graduated, it will help with low backs but the idea will also really help you improve all aspects of treating patients. 


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Seated Treatment of the Knee

treating adults Jan 10, 2018

Have you ever struggled treating knees? I know I did when I first got started and that's why I wanted to share this video. It shows a muscle energy technique - a method of treatment some of you may be familiar with - but regardless of whether you know this style of treatment or not I think you'll benefit from this video as I focus on  three specific aspects which will give you a new perspective when treating the knee. 

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The Three Biggest Communication Mistakes


If I could give every practitioner one rock star talent in treating clients you know what that would be? The ability to communicate better.


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If I could give every practitioner one rock star talent in treating clients you know what that would be?  The ability to communicate better.

When I first started out, I wouldn’t talk to clients much during treatment, and at the end of the session I would say “Ok see how you go and call if you need us”.  Disastrous communication!

But why? Why was I communicating like that?

I didn’t want to appear pushy with the client; I also had massive amounts of fear that the patient didn’t get anything from the treatment.  But really if I dig a bit deeper the real reason was that I wanted accolades, and I didn’t want to ask directly for them.  Because that would be weird!

We don't want to ay to clients,...

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Therapist Isolation Factor - Why being a one to one therapist can be the loneliest job in the world.

practice development Dec 19, 2017

Being a therapist/healer/bodyworker can be very lonely.

Once you take your client into the room with you, you're on your own. Encapsulated in four walls doing your life's work - one gig at a time.

I love being an osteopath. I still get a little thrill when I take a new client into my treatment room for the first time. Even after 18+ years of seeing 40 clients a week.

It wasn't always this way, for the first couple of years the 'thrill' was less excitement and more crippling 'fear'.

I have to be honest when I first started it was exciting taking my first client. I remember it well I thought I was good at doing osteopathy, I was more than a little ego driven.

My first client on my second day as a brand new osteopath presented with syringomyelia. Awesome it was not!

It was painful. I thought I knew everything I needed to know, after all, I had been to a private university in London. Touted as one of the best osteopathic teaching institutions in the world.

I had landed a plum job...

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The Placenta & Babies & Bonding

Always ask about the placenta when treating babies & acknowledge this area if baby is unsettled or struggling with bonding.

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When I work with babies I always ask about the placenta and what happened with the delivery of the placenta.  It’s important for baby as well as for mum.  It does influence mum or course but we are going to focus on baby and the placenta connection.

When I have treated a lot of babies that are unsettled and unhappy, often there has been an issue with placenta. 

Warning: This is from my own personal experience and it’s purpose is to get you thinking about the placenta and its connection to treatment of babies.


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The Seated Position For Babies With Reflux

Uncategorized Sep 07, 2016

The seated position is a good position in which to treat babies who have reflux, as you'll see in this video.



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