At the Natural Health Centre we have a Physioworld clinic offering musculo-skeletal physiotherapy for a wide range of injuries.
Recently we have welcomed a top neuro-physiotherapist - Miranda Baretto - who has vast experience and specialist knowledge at treating a wide range of neurological conditions.
In addition, we have:
Anna Cawthorne -an experienced physiotherapist specialising in neural manipulation and Visceral (organ) manipulation has joined our centre.
Kath Kelly - A physiotherapist with 23 years experience, specialising in the John Barnes method of Myofascial release
Neural Manipulation (NM)
Our nervous system includes all the nerves of the limbs, trunk and organs, the nerve membranes (dura) and the cranium (skull). NM techniques release the tension in nerves where they may have got compressed or tethered. Anna has also trained in Craniosacral Therapy, another method of addressing problems with the nervous system.
Visceral (organ) Manipulation (VM)
Pioneering French osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral developed Visceral Manipulation (VM) (and NM), a unique specialist bodywork therapy. Visceral Manipulation is used to solve problems throughout the whole body. It is an integrative approach that does not just focus on the bones, muscles and joints but also the internal organs, nerves and blood vessels.
A problem can appear to be from a joint or muscle but sometimes originates from another tissue, such as an organ. Shoulder pain for example could be due to a liver issue or a low back problem caused by digestive or gynaecological problems. A problem in any tissue can also cause a chain of tension and widespread symptoms throughout the body, for example a kidney issue may lead to hip and foot pain due to the nerve and soft tissue connections between these areas.
In VM the practitioner searches for the ‘source’ of the pain and works with the related tissues, this often may be far from where symptoms are felt. As the origin of the problem is released, the symptoms will start to reduce. VM is a gentle and precise hands-on therapy. It may help when other treatment has either not been effective or only given short term relief; this is because VM addresses the cause of the problem, such as an organ and if this has not been addressed symptoms recur.
How can organs cause problems?
Trauma, surgery, illness, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, postural problems, pregnancy, childbirth and emotional tensions can all cause organ problems and can be treated with VM techniques.
Emotions and Health
Our emotions have an impact on how our body functions. Different emotions affect different organs. Emotional reactions can cause heartburn, nausea, faintness, ulcers and more significant illness. VM techniques can enhance the health of an organ and restore physical and emotional balance.
Energy field healing is also a powerful therapy, it works with the body’s energy system, as a way to get to the core origin of issues and address physical and emotional symptoms, past trauma and mental distress (see leaflet on EFH).
What is a session like?
In an initial assessment, I would use specific physical examination techniques to accurately diagnose the problem and look at the underlying causes. Gentle manual therapy techniques would be used to release the tissue tensions in the body. Although some of the techniques make deep contact with the body it is non-invasive and not painful. During treatment the focus is not just on the current problems but also on preventing future health issues. I can also prescribe individualised exercises to optimise recovery, movement and performance; this is also useful in promoting better health.
Initial sessions can last up to an hour and follow up sessions 45 minutes.
Conditions that people may attend a visceral manipulation practitioner with:
Back, coccyx, neck, shoulder, knee or any other joint problems
Whiplash, strains, muscle injuries
Sciatica, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, facial pain
Acid reflux and heartburn
Bloating and constipation
IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
Post surgical pain and scar tissue
Pain related to heart, lung, abdominal, breast surgery, c-section
Larynx, pharynx or swallowing problems
Breathing difficulties from infection, surgery and allergies
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Women’s and Men’s Health Issues
Pregnancy and Postnatal problems
Chronic pelvic pain
Menstrual and menopausal problems
Long term Conditions
Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other long term disorders
Stress, anxiety, depression
and much more
About Anna Cawthorne:
Anna graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1995 and a Masters in Manipulative therapy in 2002. She has 20 years of clinical experience, specialising in musculoskeletal disorders and working in the NHS, private practice and also overseas. She has also completed advanced training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy (PGCert) for pregnancy/postnatal issues and other women’s health conditions.
Since 2010 Anna has been training in Visceral and Neural Manipulation which she is increasingly using with patients, this has further increased herscope of practice, and she can work with conditions that do not usually resolve with physiotherapy. Visceral and Neural Manipulation fit into a natural, healthcare model. To uncover the root cause of health issues, the focus is on the whole person (physical, emotional and mental balance). Instead of just treating symptoms, Anna believes in striving to find the causes and addressing them. She is passionate about promoting health, the prevention of disease and increasing the sense of power and control over your own health.
About Kath Kelly:
Kath has 23yrs clinical experience in physiotherapy, her focus being the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. After working in the NHS for 8 years, she emigrated to Australia. Here she continued to expand her experience and training into more specialist areas.
She was a clinical educator for physiotherapy students, both in the UK and Australia and became an examiner for qualified physiotherapists from overseas who wished to practice in Australia.
An injury eventually forced her to stop work and return to the UK
in 2015. Initially, unable to find a practitioner who was able to provide the treatment she required, Kath treated herself while setting out to increase her knowledge and training in Myofascial Release (MFR). She is now able to offer the John F Barnes style of MFR in addition to her already varied “toolkit” of physiotherapy techniques. Kath believes she can truly relate to what her clients may be experiencing after having been along the long road of injury and rehabilitation herself.
Kath can be contacted on 07597 264 841 for more information or to book an appointment.