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ABOUT THE OSTEOPATH
Helen Wither (BA BSc(Hons)Ost) is a registered Osteopath who has been in family practice for over 15 years. Helen comes originally from Ynys Mon and has recently moved back home, having run a successful practice in Knutsford, Cheshire for the past 14 plus years. Helen's new practice - The Island Osteopath - Osteo Yr Ynys - is based at the Seiriol Wellness Centre, part of the Canolfan Beaumaris and Beaumaris Library. The practice is conveniently situated for access from all over Anglesey, with fast connections to Menai Bridge, Llanfairpwll and Bangor via Beaumaris Rd A545; connections to Pentraeth, Benllech, Amlwch and beyond via the B5109; and fast connections via the A55 to Gaerwen, Llangefni, Valley, Rhosneigr, Trearddur Bay and Holyhead.
Helen offers osteopathic care for the whole family, from babies and children to adults of all ages, including business people, sports people, busy parents and the frail and elderly. Osteopathy is suitable for treating a wide range of problems including back pain, tension, sciatica, joint pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, sport injuries, headache arising from the neck, digestion problems and migraine prevention.
Helen has a first class BSc Honours degree in Osteopathy from the College of Osteopaths and has been registered with the General Osteopathic Council since 2007. Helen was the winner of the Reg Oakes Prize for "First in Class" in 2007. She is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Obstetric, Pelvic, Abdominal and Respiratory Association. Since 2009 Helen has been a member of the Cheshire Osteopaths Group and meets regularly with other osteopaths and professionals for training and research. Helen has completed Breastfeeding Support certification for Health Professionals through the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and has worked for a number of years as part of a network of professionals supporting babies and new parents - Cheshire "Pregnancy, Baby and You". Helen has special interests in treating babies, children and during pregnancy; and in treating performing artists (dancers, musicians, vocalists). She continues to provide specialist osteopathic treatment for young dancers and teachers at a ballet school in Cheshire.
Helen is Mum to four awesome neurodivergent children. She enjoys ballet, walking, outdoor swimming, gardening and the sea and loves the opportunity to chat to patients about what they are reading!
Thank you from my heart for all that you have done for my well being. You are an excellent practitioner and I have benefitted from every session. I thank you especially for the care you took during the Covid times to keep us all safe.
Osteopathy is a safe and gentle form of manual therapy based on the principle that when the body’s structure (e.g. joint alignment, muscle length, posture) is not optimal, the body functions poorly, leading to injuries, pain, fatigue and even chronic illness.
Rather than treating symptoms alone, your Osteopath will strive to find the root cause of your imbalance and pain to create a longer term change. This will often mean treating the whole of your body in an integrated way, not just looking at the "sore" part in isolation. Sometimes this "wider lens" means osteopathic intervention can succeed in alleviating stubborn pain, even when people have tried a lot of other approaches.
Osteopaths are regulated health professionals who train to Batchelor of Science degree level for four or five years. Your Osteopath will always work alongside any medical care you are receiving. She will take a full medical history at your first appointment and, where needed, can refer you back to your GP or consultant for further tests and advice.
Osteopathic treatment can be gently adapted to treat people of all ages and our patients range from babies and children to older people and pregnant women. Osteopathy is a hands on approach and your osteopath will use a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage alongside other gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy and myofascial release.
In the Osteopathic approach to healthcare, the patient is an active partner in the healing - therefore you may be given exercises to do at home, dietary advice or other lifestyle suggestions.
Initial consultation and treatment (patients complete a detailed online case history form prior to attending; appointments are approximately 45-50 minutes face to face examination and treatment) - £55
Follow up consultation (around 35-40 minutes face to face) - £50
OSTEOPATHY FOR BABIES, CHILDREN AND DURING PREGNANCY
Osteopathy is a very gentle and adaptable treatment approach and can be used to help a wide range of patients, including babies, children and during pregnancy.
Helen has a special interest in treating babies, children and during pregnancy and, as part of her undergraduate training, she spent two years treating under the guidance of expert clinicians in the College of Osteopaths' Paediatric Clinics. As part of her undergraduate training Helen also completed elective modules in cranial osteopathy, visceral osteopathy and naturopathy.
As a qualified Osteopath, Helen has continued to develop her additional skills in Paediatric Osteopathy, completing courses at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, London; with the renowned Visceral, Obstetric and Paediatric Osteopaths Caroline Stone and Miranda Clayton; and at the University College of Osteopathic Medicine, London. Helen has completed Breastfeeding Support certification for Healthcare Professionals with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and for a number of years has been part of a network of professionals working with babies and families and during pregnancy - "Cheshire Pregnancy, Baby and You".
Osteopathic techniques are suitable for children at all stages of development and the Osteopath will assess your baby or child to see what help is needed. Our patients have included active teenagers, primary school age children, toddlers and babies. We will often use gentler techniques such as cranial osteopathy when treating babies and young children and gentle osteopathic manipulation can often help to soothe and relax your baby.
Pregnancy and new parenthood can be a very physically demanding time, causing stresses and strains on your body and contributing to general aches and pains, including joint and back pain. Osteopathic treatment may help you adapt to these increased physical demands during pregnancy and after giving birth.
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