My name is Kelly Watts and I'm a female Osteopath providing Osteopathy to Belper, Buxton and Redditch. All clinics provide treatment to surrounding areas and home visits may be available upon request. I treat children and adults of all ages.
I've always been interested in the human body, manual therapies and in helping people, leading me to train as an Osteopath. I studied for 5 years part time and graduated from Oxford Brookes University, and am now registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and the British Osteopathic Association (BOA).
Photo courtesy of Kampfner Photography/The General Osteopathic Council.
5 Dangerous Words... Maybe it Will Go Away!
If you are suffering at the moment and are unsure what to do about it, or if indeed anything can be done, treatment by an Osteopath might be the answer! Sometimes pain doesn't always go away and can make your life difficult. You may think that it's 'one of those things' or 'your age' and that 'maybe it will go away'. I see a lot of patients who seem to accept that their problem is now part of their life. It doesn't have to be! The sooner you are treated the quicker the problem will be resolved.
"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease" Buddha.
Why Choose Osteopathy?
A lot of people don't know what an osteopath is, and if they do, they don't realise that we treat the whole body and not just backs! With that in mind, why would you choose osteopathy over seeing your GP, physiotherapist, chiropractor, masseuse..., the list is endless! The simple answer is, give it a go! I often find that people have favourite therapies to use. From my point of view, osteopaths look from op to toe and try to work out why the problem has occurred, and therefore trying to prevent it happening again. All osteopaths work differently, my approach is using soft tissue, ultrasound and manipulation, followed by a tailored stretch prescription.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a natural complementary therapy founded in the 18th Century by A.T. Still. Nowadays Osteopathy is an alternative therapy to Physiotherapy and Chiropractic treatment. Osteopaths will look at the whole body rather than the specific problem, in an attempt to balance the body and have a long term effect.
"Osteopathy is based on the perfection of nature's work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. When the parts are readjusted disease gives place to health. The work of the Osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health is the result of the normal condition." A. T. Still
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What conditions can Osteopathy help?
It doesn't just help back pain! Osteopathy can help many issues to do with the body. The most common conditions treated are:-
Aches and pains, including rheumatic pain and arthritic / hip and knee joint pain from Osteoarthritis (OA).
General backache / back pain, including lumbago, sciatica, general muscle spasm and neuralgia.
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck.
Neck ache and neck pain not after trauma/injury, also headache if it arises from the neck, and migraine prevention.
Sports injuries. Some injuries may be due to your posture and / or structural imbalances causing a stress or weakness in certain areas. By addressing these issues, along with the injury in question, the chances of injuries coming back may potentially be reduced.
General conditions are treated, such as inability to relax, circulatory problems, cramp, tension, digestion problems and fibromyalgia.
Photo courtesy of Kampfner Photography/The General Osteopathic Council
What happens during an appointment?
An appointment will involve me taking a case history to get to know your background and to give me an idea about what might the issue might be. I will then assess you, looking at your posture and looking for any potential causes of the issue.
During the treatment I may use massage, mobilisation and / or manipulation techniques. I often also use ultrasound. I tailor the treatment to the patient so feel free to tell me if you don't like something and I can adapt the treatment.
My aim is to get you better and feeling 'yourself' again as quickly as possible. I might also get you involved in the healing process by giving you stretches if I think that they will help. This hopefully cuts down on treatment time and therefore saves you money long term!
Osteopathy and Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the postural and skeletal adaptations in mums body can lead to many areas of discomfort. Osteopathy can be used throughout pregnancy for issues that may arise, such as back pain, sciatica, SPD, heartburn and swollen hands. Treatment approach might be adapted to suit you during pregnancy, especially in the early stages.
Don't forget that you may have aches and pains too! Many mums, understandably, put their children first, but don't neglect yourself! If you are on form and able to function as normal, your household will be a happier place!
If you have any concerns or have questions please refer to my FAQ page. If you need an Osteopath in Belper and Buxton, give me a call on 07957143149 for an informal chat to see if I can help.