Ulrike is a registered osteopath and physiotherapist. She is specialised in the assessment and diagnosis of musculo-skeletal disorders and sports injuries as well as cranio-sacral treatment for children and babies. Ulrike has been working in primary health care since ten years.
Osteopathy is now recognised as an effective treatment for a wide range of painful disorders. It helps restore the function of the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and ligaments) The aim is to relieve pain and get you going again as quickly as possible. Patients of all ages can obtain benefit. The treatment is tailored to suit.
Osteopathic treament consists of gentle manipulation and stretching of the muscles, ligaments and joints. Treatment is not painful and rarely uncomfortable.
The following is a list of some problems treated by osteopaths. The list is by no means complete and if you have any queries, please telephone for further advice:
Low back pain, sciatica, Disc problems and trapped nerves, Neck and shoulder pain, Upper and lower limb pain, Headaches, migraines, sinusitis, Whiplash Work-related/repetitive strain injuries, Sports Injuries, Ailments during pregnancy, Problems in children and babies
Osteopathy and Physiotherapy treat and prevent sports injuries as well as enhance performance.
It is very important to come for treatment as soon as possible after a sports injury to minimise swelling and pain. Treatment approach in the acute phase is soft tissue techniques and gentle massage to reduce swelling and pain and to speed up the recovery phase. One week after injury, the treatment also incorporates gentle stretching and exercises. If necessary, the patient is advised to do some exercises at home. When the swelling and pain subside, a more vigorous exercise program is developed tailor-made to the need of the patient.
Sports people can have mechanical restrictions in their body without being aware of any clinical symptoms. Therefore, it is also important to check for any restriction in the spine and pelvis or any muscle shortening because these imbalances in the body.
Pregnancy and Post-natal Care
Many pregnant women have to cope with a whole range of symptoms from back pain to morning sickness. The growing baby in the womb results in a changed centre of gravity and postural changes from week to week. This can lead to pain in the buttock, groin or leg (commonly called sciatica) or symptoms such as heartburn or indigestion.
Treatment includes relaxing soft tissue techniques, articulation and mobilisation of restricted joints, tailor-made advice and exercises for home.
Positions in labour and for breastfeeding will be explained in detail to avoid shoulder tension and back problems.
A postnatal check for the mother aims at loosening muscles and mobilising restricted joints to avoid back pain in future.
Children and Babies
Many of the problems babies and children suffer from are caused before, during or immediately after birth, and the child may be left with uncomfortable stresses within its head and body. These stresses can lead to problems such as:
Feeding or digestive problems. Hiccups, sickness, painful wind. Inconsolable crying and sleep disturbances.
Teething problems. Flat head
Ear, nose and throat problems.
Headache, aches or pain. Problems with physical development.
All these conditions can benefit from cranial osteopathy. This treatment uses soft touch to encourage the release of any tension or strains throughout the body.
The aim is to establish normal movement in all joints, organs and soft tissues of the body to enhance health and physiological growth in babies and children.
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body including the head.
Treatment can address physical aches and pains, acute and chronic disease or simply helps to improve health and well-being. Cranial Osteopathy is so gentle that it is suitable for babies, children and the elderly as well as adults and people in fragile or acutely painful conditions.
The practitioner will make contact by placing her hands lightly on the body of the patient and tuning in to what is happening by ‘listening’ with her hands. Using very subtle and gentle techniques, the accumulated stresses and strains in the body are gradually released. The aim is to relieve the current symptoms and to improve the underlying health of the tissues.