Gabriella Ash

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From working as a health care assistant I realised that I wanted to work with people within a health care profession. It was through my discovery of osteopathy that I found a perfect way to satisfy this passion whilst combining my curiosity for the complexities of the human body.

I spent four years training at the European school of Osteopathy in the UK, and have since spent two years in the beautiful New Zealand where I have thoroughly enjoyed treating  a wide range of patients from babies to the elderly, as well as maternity and sports injury patients within the clinic. I work closely with the patient to find both the cause of the pain as well as the processes involved, by creating a treatment plan tailored to each individual.

I currently enjoy basing my examination and treatment on a combination of stronger, structural techniques and a gentle functional approach, depending on which I find suits the patient and their presenting complaint.

I also have a special interest in treating children and babies using Cranial. Below is an explanation of how that works!

Cranial Osteopathy for Babies

What is cranial osteopathy?

Cranial is gentle, non invasive, hands-on treatment, whereby the practitioner aids the body’s self correcting mechanism.  Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle, whole body motion named the cranial rhythmic impulse. Diagnosis and treatment is based upon this combined with an in-depth anatomical knowledge.

The movement of the baby through the cervix in labour causes the head to move in specific directions with the powerful pressure of the contractions, this naturally causes some overlapping of the skull and compression. Some of these compressions may be relieved spontaneously after birth as the baby cries or suckles; however this un-moulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. Babies who have experienced forceps delivery, a long labour or caesarean birth, or are of abnormal presentation often more susceptible.

What can cranial do to help my baby?

Cranial Osteopathy can help babies with the following symptoms:

  • Discomfort whilst lying on his/her back;
  • Headaches;
  • Difficulty turning their head to one side
  • Suckling/Feeding difficulties

The secondary effects of unresolved cranial compressions are wide ranging and can lead to:

  • Colic or Excessive Crying;
  • Regurgitation;
  • Sinus problems;
  • Sleep disturbances;
  • Unsettled restless babies.
  • Persistent ear infections.

The Osteopath will take a case history and examination to help isolate the reason for the symptoms, and will refer on to your GP or specialist if necessary.