Ann Farthing DO FSCCO graduated from the British school of Osteopathy in 1986. Over the years she has continued with postgraduate studies to complete the Sutherland Pathway in "Cranial Osteopathy" and has completed Pathways in the "Biodynamic approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial field" and "Biodynamic Paediatrics". A brief outline of each of these approches is below
Cranial osteopathy is known for its very subtle and gentle techniques applied throughout the body using osteopathic principles. It involves quietly feeling the body tissues for distortion or altered tensions in any part of the body. It is used as a diagnostic tool as well as treating conditions that would otherwise be too sensitive for other manipulative techniques. It can be used on anyone from the newborn to the elderly. ( Babies under six weeks old please discuss with your Midwife or Health Visitor)
Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch or palpation. They have an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and can detect very subtle physical imbalances in the body.
Osteopaths use methods of treatment such as soft-tissue massage, articulation and functional techniques as well as joint manipulation (this is the technique where a click can be heard as the joint releases) and of course the more subtle arts of Cranial Osteopathy and Biodynamic osteopathy.
During your consultation and treatment Ann will discuss her diagnostic findings and devise a treatment plan with you. Ann will help you to understand what is wrong so that you are fully involved in your own healing process and have control of the treatment plan.
Ann has studied with Dr James S Jealous over several years to complete the pathway in Biodynamics in the cranial field. This is the more esoteric side of osteopathy and looks at the health of the individual rather than disease. It acknowledges the presence of "the breath of Life " in the individual. It is a very subtle but very profound discipline. Patients are treated in an almost "meditative " state to a deep sense of balance, harmony and wholeness.
I often use this technique in the treatment of the newborn because it is the gentlest of all techniques and I believe it is particularly good at supporting babies as they unwind and unfold themselves after the birth process. It is so gentle babies often go to sleep during treatment. Although there is very little to see during treatment parents have reported that it seems like "magic" and noticed a more calm and relaxed baby or child afterwards. It can also be used for children or adults that have difficulting in relaxing or tend towards higher levels of anxiety.
Ann is aware that not everyone will be comfortable with this type of work and will ask your views as part of the treatment plan.
Ann Farthing Osteopath
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