Osteopathy worked wonders for my son. Since complications during his birth, Caleb Sedeman (12) of Cape Town has always struggled with low muscle tone, a speech impediment, epilepsy and ADHD. He also has a very high pain threshold which means he doesn’t always realise when he hurts himself. But his mom, Celestia, says osteopathy has worked wonders for her son. Caleb’s story “Hours after Caleb and I were released from the hospital following his birth, we were readmitted to the ICU unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital,” recalls Celestia.
After suffering from chronic sinusitis for 5 years. Trying various remedies including a sinus wash out and Acupuncture neither of which have helped I was feeling incredibly despondent. Dr Guy Ashburner Osteopath was recommended by a friend who also suffered from sinus related issues. I’ve been to him 4 times now and my symptoms are greatly improved. He uses stretching and massage to alter my posture which is allowing my sinuses to drain more effectively.
Osteopathic treatment for infertility which is when a woman is unable to conceive a child and can have numerous causes. Investigations do not always find the reason of this dysfunction. A basic principle of osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated. In order to treat the conditions and diseases of the reproductive organs that may be causing infertility, it is important to completely understand the anatomy and physiology involved.
Being born is a pretty strenuous experience for both mother and baby, and the strain on baby in particular can produce a range of post-birth problems such as colic, poor sleeping patterns, excessive crying and so forth. Paediatric Osteopaths can help relieve these strains and tension, and make for a much happier, healthier baby. By Dr Guy Ashburner OSTEOPATH on behalf of the osteopathic profession. Although it is a common belief that babies are flexible enough to recover from these strains, which can be the case for minor strain, with larger strains the problems often cannot self-heal.
Pregnancy and birth are a time when a woman’s body undergoes the most change. Rapid weight gain, physical and hormonal changes, stretching ligaments and skin and all the added strains of looking after a newborn mean mom needs specific help to recuperate while she’s spending all her time on the new addition to the family. By Dr Guy Ashburner OSTEOPATH on behalf of the osteopathic profession. Many women find it hard to make the time to look after themselves once they have a young child, but it is so important for a mother to take good care of her health so that she can meet the unrelenting demands of her young child.
Do alternative medical therapies work? In pain? If conventional methods fail, visit an osteopath. The Women24 team gives the treatment a ‘thumbs up’. Do you? In search of answers, I visited Dr Guy Ashburner, an osteopath. (On behalf of the osteopathic profession) Our first appointment was mostly talk and lasted for roughly 45 minutes. After exploring my health with a series of non-invasive questions, Dr Ashburner explained more about the practice, and I learnt that:
“An osteo what?” – The answer nine of my 10 friends gave me when I told them I was seeing an osteopath for a muscle injury. They’re not alone – most South Africans fall into this category. Fact is osteopathy, a “hands-on” manual therapy, has been around since the 1870s (before chiropractic and physiotherapy), but in South Africa it’s still relatively unknown. According to Dr Guy Ashburner (on behalf of the osteopathic profession), there are only 50 registered osteopaths in South Africa compared with more than 5 000 in the United Kingdom.
During the pregnancy of my second child I had treatments with Dr Ashburner. Despite a history of back problems, I was completely free of back pain during my entire pregnancy. I was also guided on what movements and posture were compounding the problem so that I could make adjustments in my daily life and feel empowered in the process. I highly recommend Dr. Ashburner for both pregnant women and anyone needing to get to the root of their aches and pains.
Can I see an Osteopath during pregnancy? Osteopathy is a safe form of physical therapy through all stages of pregnancy. Your Osteopath will only use techniques and forms of treatment that will enhance your health and well-being. Osteopathic treatment is helpful in assisting the body to adapt to the postural changes and makes the pregnancy much more comfortable. An important part of preparation for childbirth is to ensure that the mothers pelvis is structurally balanced and able to allow the passage of the baby down the birth canal.
I have worked alongside Guy for 2 years, at the Fulham Osteopathic Practice in London, and have a high regard for Guy both professionally and personally. As a Midwife and Osteopath, I have found Guy to be a safe, thoughtful and caring Osteopath who has a great sense of humour. He is confident and able in his treatment of all types of people including pregnant women, babies and adults.