Natural Bodylink provides dedicated highly skilled Osteopathic healthcare for the whole family. Our team of Osteopaths have a wide variety of skill sets that enable them to perform as primary health practitioners. From care of newborns through childhood to adult life and the elderly we facilitate optimal health and well being.
Osteopathic Natural Healthcare Ltd was established in 2003 by Paul Hume ND DO as a multidisciplinary clinic which included Osteopathy Massage and Homoeopathy. It evolved into Natural Bodylink which has retained a focus on Osteopathy. We have practitioners trained in three different countries and provide a wide range of treatment options. We have a female practitioner available if you prefer when you make your initial enquiry at reception.
Our team of Osteopaths have a wide variety of skill sets that enable them to perform as primary health practitioners.
Paul Hume – Osteopath
Deborah Attard-Manché – Osteopath
Shelley McCarthy – Practice Manager
To read their Biographies, click here
Natural Body Link are Osteopaths located on Boundary Road, Hamilton. We provide Natural Healthcare for all the family and cater to all ages – Adults, Children and Babies.
Realignment of spinal vertebrae is the most recognised technique of Osteopathy. In our clinic the practitioners use a variety of methods to achieve this. The importance of spinal mobility is that when dysfunction occurs pain is often the consequence. When normal range of motion of the vertebrae is restored nerve irritation is resolved and pain settles over a period of days.
Cranial Osteopathy was discovered and taught by William Garner Sutherland (1873-1954). He realised the eight bones that form the cranium had a subtle rhythmic motion and that the cranial sutures were not fused as medical anatomists had proposed. He termed this motion the Primary Respiratory Mechanism essential to normal function throughout the body. Birth trauma and injuries to the head or pelvis can reduce this motion affecting the flow of nutrients around the brain and spinal cord which the rhythm facilitates.
Sutherland’s five principles were:
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Chronic Tonsillitis
- Dizziness and Vertigo
- Head Trauma
- Migraine Headaches
- Visual Disturbances
- Postural Imbalances
- Behavioral Problems
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Delays
- Failure to Thrive
- Learning Disorders
- Otitis Media (ear infections)
- Plagiocephaly (misshaped head)
- Strabismus (Crossed-Eyes or Lazy Eye)
- Sucking Difficulties
- Back Pain
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sleep Disturbances
- Frequent Colds
- Recurrent Sore Throats
Research undertaken at the University of Michigan into cranial sutures has revealed blood vessels nerves and connective tissues that demonstrate they are normal functional joints. NASA researchers confirmed that small motion at the sutures was possible.
Our skilled practitioners can assess the cranium in newborns children adults and use the gentlest of pressures to release restrictions in sutures and intracranial membranes.
Jean-Pierre Barral RPT DO developed this method of treating attachments of internal organs to address all forms of organ dysfunction. Falls, vehicle accidents surgery and inflammation can all contribute to tension in the tissues that attach organs resulting in reduced blood flow. Assessing a subtle motion inherent in the organs tells the practitioner where tension is present and so pressure applied in a particular way enables the attachment to soften with resultant improved blood flow.
Barral was acknowledged in 2000 by Time magazine as being a great health innovator.
All connective tissues of the body are termed fascia and are fluid filled or viscous in nature which makes them slippery and able to stretch. Much research is now developing that shows fascia to be an important body system and Dr A T Still MD DO mentioned the importance of treating it in his writings. Damage to these tissues result in fluid loss that causes shrinkage which can affect blood flow and elimination of wastes from around cells. Poor nutrient delivery and toxicity result in inflammation and degenerative conditions such as arthritis. Techniques such as Myofascial release enable blood flow and waste elimination to occur.
- The inherent motility of the brain and spinal cord.
- The fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid.
- The mobility of intracranial and intraspinal membranes.
- The articular mobility of the cranial bones.
- The involuntary mobility of the sacrum between the ilia.
Osteopathy was founded by Dr A.T Still MD a US physician and surgeon. He opened the first school at Kirksville Missouri in 1892 and graduated his students as Doctors of Osteopathy. US qualified Osteopaths have full practice rights as physicians whereas in other countries Osteopaths are confined to manual therapy.Osteopathy is a non-invasive manual therapy that helps overcome the effects of past injury and stress that may contribute to pain, ill health and disease processes. Injuries may affect the function of muscles nerves ligaments and joints whereby Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to overcome tensions that reduce the individual’s ability to function on a daily basis.
By correcting musculoskeletal dysfunction the body’s innate ability to restore balance (homoeostasis) is achieved. As the musculoskeletal system supports all other body systems ensuring it is functional at optimal levels is an obvious advantage to achieving health.Osteopaths are trained as primary health practitioners in their ability to assess and diagnose disease processes. Where conditions are outside their skill level they will refer the patient to their medical practitioner for further assessment.
The techniques used by Osteopaths according to their college curriculum and to post graduate training courses they are required to attend each year. These methods ensure all significant areas of the body are able to be treated effectively. They may include spinal and joint manipulation, myofascial release techniques, cranial
Osteopaths have gained a wide reputation in the community for their effective treatment of infants affected by position prior to birth and the delivery experience.
What conditions do Osteopaths treat?
- Persistent crying
- Sleep problems
- Ear infections and colds
- Osteopathy is effective for a wide range of conditions including:
- Lower and upper back pain
- Sports injuries
- Trapped nerves
- Frozen shoulder
- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Neck pain
- Headaches and face pain
- Occupational Strain
- Joint pain/dysfunction – wrists, hips, knees ankles etc.
- Postural problems
- Digestive disorders
- Respiratory illness
- Problems arising in or after pregnancy and in preparation of labour
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