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Your Cranio-Sacral Therapist Svetlana Wise M.D, D.O

The General Osteopathic Council (the regulating body for Osteopaths in the U.K) have asked us to clarify that Svetlana Wise is not registered with them and therefore cannot use the protected title of 'Osteopath' here in the U.K.

Svetlana Wise gained her medical degree in Russia (1994) and then later visited the U.K to study Osteopathy (at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) (grad.2007)).  Most of her Cranio-sacral Therapy training was done here at the ESO in Boxley.  

A further 2 years of part-time postgraduate training was also undertaken at the JW College of Classical Osteopathy in Maidstone, before returning to Russia to practice.

Svetlana spent 3 years working as the Head of Education and as an Osteopath at the Russian Academy of Osteopathic Medicine in Saint Petersburg, Russia and was instrumental in the success of the two clinics (Adult and Children’s Clinics) that are integral to the continued growth of the Academy. 

Whilst in Saint Petersburg (Russia), she treated anyone who was suffering pain, from the new born baby and maternity patient (particularly expectant mums, children & babies) to the elderly using Osteopathy and Cranio-Sacral Therapy (she is a registered Osteopath in Russia and in Finland, but not the U.K.).

Svetlana quickly became highly recommended by her patients for her natural skill, kind nature and sound advice, all of which assisted them in leading a more pain free life.

Svetlana is now practising as a Craniosacral Therapist (not an Osteopath) at Baks Osteopathy Ltd in Maidstone and happily treats anyone who has a problem of musculo-skeletal origin.  If your problem is not treatable by Svetlana, she will refer you for further assessment/scans via your GP in order to ascertain the probable cause of your problem.

The General Osteopathic Council (the regulating body for Osteopaths in the U.K) have asked us to clarify that Svetlana Wise is not registered with them and therefore cannot use the protected title of 'Osteopath' here in the U.K.

What is Cranio-Sacral Therapy?

Involuntary Motion- The Cranial Rhythm

Your Cranial practitioner Svetlana Wise M.D, D.O, has been trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm.  The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. This rhythm was first described in the early 1900's by Dr. William G. Sutherland and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960's and '70's.

Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

Accumulation of stress and strain in the body

When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Any tensions which remain held in the body can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.

What To Expect From A Consultation

Here at Baks Osteopathy Ltd we want to make sure that your health is number one priority during your visit.  For this reason, we like to spend about one hour with you for your first consultation.  This gives us time to take a full case history to gain as accurate a picture of your problem as possible, prior to commencement of the appropriate treatment.

Your medical history 

Before we start to treat you, we will make a medical assessment of your health. We take time to listen to you and ask questions, to make sure we understand your medical history and your day-to-day routine. We’ll ask you about things like diet, exercise and what is happening in your life, as these may give clues to help our diagnosis, both in the short & long term management of your problem. We may feel your pulse and check your reflexes. We may also take your blood pressure and refer you for clinical tests, such as x-rays, if we think you need them.          

Your posture & body movements

We usually look at your posture and how you move your body. We may also assess what happens when we move it for you and see what hurts, where and when.  In order for us to fully examine you for the likely cause of your problem, it is usually necessary for you to undress either partially or fully down to your underwear.  This will be dependant on the case history and presenting problem, so please be aware that you will need to dress appropriately for this.          

Diagnosis 

Using accurate palpation (touch), we may also find the areas which are sensitive, tight  or restricted and this helps us to identify what’s going on.  When we have done this, we can provide a diagnosis based on the most likely causes of your pain. 

We may sometimes feel that Cranio-Sacral Therapy is not appropriate for you and refer you to your GP or another specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon.  These options will be discussed with you at the consultation if necessary.

Treatment 

Cranio-Sacral Therapists use a wide range of techniques to help relieve your pain.  Which ones we use will depend on your age, fitness and the diagnosis reached at consultation. 
Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints.

We may discuss exercises that you can do to improve your posture and movement in your workplace and everyday life. 

Hot & cold treatments and simple massage creams available from your local chemist may also be useful for those unable to rest from work - these will also be advised where necessary.


Common conditions treated by us here at Baks Osteopathy Maidstone include; 

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Tendonitis (inc. Repetitive Strain & Sports Injuries)
  • Muscle spasm
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Disc Injuries
  • Bad posture & postural pain 
    (e.g. maternity related pain & Repetitive Strain)
  • Some types of headaches and stress related pains
  • Overly Irritable babies

See below for more information.


Back, neck and shoulder pain

Back, neck & shoulder pain can commonly be caused by the reversible overstrain of joints, ligaments and muscles – this is the most common reason people come to see an Osteopath or a Craniosacral Therapist.  

These strains can occur due to either short term (acute) injury, like twisting sharply, waking up with a jolt or overstretching.  

It could also be something more long term (chronic) such as your workstation position, poor posture or a recurrent movement that you do at work/during sports that gradually develops into a chronic overstrain of certain muscles, ligaments or joints. 

Osteopathy & Craniosacral Therapy is well suited to helping you with this sort of injury.  We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.

There are other causes of back, neck & shoulder pain, which are not treatable using Osteopathy or Craniosacral Therapy.  If this is found to be the case, then your therapist will refer you to an appropriate health care specialist for further medical attention.


Tendonitis

Tendonitis can come in many forms such as frozen shoulder, tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow.  They are common amongst everyday non-sporty people and not just people who play tennis and golf for example.

The main causes of Tennis & Golfers’ elbow are repetitive overstrain (RSI) of the arms and hands and is usually related to office or manual work (computers & hand tools), or in the case of frozen shoulder can occur as a result of a relatively minor shoulder injury which doesn’t heal very well and is not rehabilitated properly.

With all of these conditions, they can come on for no apparent reason – which basically means that the joints and muscles involved have been under a constant strain for quite a while and that the last time you put it under strain (when you felt that initial big pain), it was 'the straw that broke the camel's back'.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work to help reverse this musculo-skeletal tension and get to the root cause of the problem, which should help to decrease the likelihood of your pain recurring.  

We also give advice for you to help yourself thus enabling you to take more control of the situation and this also helps to prevent recurrence of the same injury in future.


Sprains

Sometimes injury occurs because of sprained ligaments (ankles, wrists etc), we can help your body to recover quicker than it normally would if there happens to be underlying restrictions or inappropriate strains on your body structure that prevent the ligaments from healing properly.


Muscle Spasm

Muscle spasm can commonly be due to muscle overload or overstrain caused by repetitive work, excessive sports training without appropriate stretching or poor posture.  

The pain is very sharp and is often mistaken for other more serious conditions such as Disc Injury with nerve entrapment (such as if spasm affects the Hamstring muscles it's commonly mistaken for sciatica).

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can help to relieve the stress placed on the overstrained muscles and realign the joints to affect the overall posture – taking the long term stress away from the body to help prevent recurrence of injury.

We can also advise you how best to alter your work/sports routine to bring most benefit your body balance.


Arthritic Pains

As we age, our joints can wear (known as osteoarthritis) and our muscles can become more contracted as a result.  This often leads to what are commonly known as 'Arthritic Pains'.   

The pain can be due to a number of factors, but commonly it is due to the wear and tear of joint surfaces and the pain associated with muscle contraction.  

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can’t help repair joints unfortunately, although you might be able to help yourself do it to some degree, with the correct diet and gentle exercise.

Osteopathy, Acupuncture & Craniosacral Therapy has great effects with managing the pain of contracted muscles, associated with these conditions.  

When you couple our treatment here at Baks, with your self help, you can normally have a very positive effects with producing pain relief and increasing joint mobility.


Disc Injury

The injury of a disc occurs when so much pressure is put on the disc, that the outer fibers tear.  This is commonly due to a memorable event such as bending, lifting or a fall. A disc can also be damaged by less memorable events such as bending while gardening.  

The most common place for a prolapsed disc to occur is in the lumbar (lower back) region although it may occur in the cervical region (neck) or, less commonly, in other places down the spine

Disc injuries are characterised by a band of pain over the sight of the injury, with or without symptoms into the leg or arm. 

If the disc injury is in the neck the pain may be accompanied with arm and hand symptoms. In the case of a disc injury in the low back then the pain can be accompanied with symptoms into the legs and feet. The symptoms in the arms and legs can vary from being a deep ache, to tingling, numbness and weakness.

In some cases the back pain is worse than the leg symptoms and in other cases the leg symptoms are worse than the back symptoms. 

In some cases there are leg symptoms but no back pain and in some cases there is back pain without leg symptoms.

Often it can take 12 – 48 hours for the symptoms to develop from a low back twinge into stiffness, then pain and then leg or arm symptoms.

How bad is a disc injury?

All disc injuries are serious and are completely different from the kind of low back pain that Osteopaths are  famous for “clicking away” in a few sessions.

A small tear to the outer fibers of the disc can cause local inflammation which is very painful and can sometimes cause irritation of a spinal nerve (for example the sciatic nerve causing leg symptoms).

However, in a more serious injury the gelatinous material from inside the disc protrudes out of the disc and can compress spinal nerves. This is called a disc prolapse or herniated disc (or “slipped disc”). It is completely impossible to click the disc back into place with a swift manipulation as is sometimes thought by the general public.

Occasionally a severe prolapse may cause sciatica down both legs simultaneously. 

IMPORTANT A severe prolapse may even affect the nerves to the bladder causing the sufferer to become incontinent, unable to pass water or to lose control of their bowels. If you have any change to your bowel or bladder functions you must go to your nearest accident and emergency hospital immediately.

Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing the restriction to areas around the injured disc and  advising you on the best practice to increase your chances of a swift healing time.


Bad Posture/Postural Pain

It is common to get neck and back pain during pregnancy due to the changes in your posture and this can become severe as the weeks & months pass.  

This is partly because of the natural release of a hormone called ‘Relaxin’ at around the middle of the second trimester, which leads to laxity of your ligaments and joints. 

This can result in a higher strain being put on the whole body.  

Resolving any background pain that you have in advance of pregnancy (or in earlier stages) could reduce the likelihood of you developing severe back pain during the later stages of your pregnancy, although this cannot be guaranteed as we are all individuals and have varying daily routines, some of which can act to re-trigger your pain in the future. 

Even if you develop pain within the last trimester (6 - 9 months) then Osteopathy and cranio-sacral therapy could still help ease your pain and get you through to the final stages in the best possible health.

Somebody who has generally bad posture may suffer similarly but for different reasons (such as poor work posture).  Philip Wise, your Osteopath and Svetlana Wise, your Acupuncturist & Craniosacral Therapist, can help by reducing restriction in areas which are tight and allowing a more normal body balance to resume.


Some types of headaches and stress related pains

Another common cause of pain in our ever-increasingly stress-filled world is cervicogenic headaches.  

These are commonly linked with stress and tension in the muscles of the upper neck and shoulders. 

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists can't take away the stress elements of your emotional or work life – but they can work to alleviate the physical stresses that your body has to endure due to any physical restrictions that may be occurring on your body which are leading to the unnecessary tension in your neck and shoulders – thus helping to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.

'Migraines' are difficult conditions to deal with and it's certainly very difficult to get rid of them, but by no means impossible.  

The Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist can help by assisting in the adjustment of key mechanical areas of the body which in turn, can release the tension associated with certain types of headache.

Certain types of headaches can indicate more serious conditions and may need medical attention.  

Your Osteopath & Craniosacral Therapist is trained to diagnose musculo-skeletal causes of pain and if it is deemed that your headache is not of a musculo-skeletal origin, then you will be referred to your G.P for appropriate testing to be carried out.


Overly Irritable babies

A prolonged or drawn out birth, possibly with the use of  birth delivery tools (such as forceps or ventouse) can lead to a relative malalignment of the cranial bones, which could result in discomfort for your baby. 

This may be displayed as prolonged periods of crying, maybe with their legs drawn up to their chest and for which your midwife may recommend medications such as ‘Infracol’.

Osteopaths & Craniosacral Therapists work gently, making very fine adjustments to cranial bone positioning and releasing restrictions in other key areas of the body which may become strained during birth.  

Why not ask your midwife about how a Cranial Osteopath or Craniosacral Therapist can help you or your child?


App launched for patients with chronic joint pain

ESCAPE-Pain stands for ‘Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain’ and is a 12 session rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain in the lower extremities. The result of over 25 years of research, informed by patients, service providers and commissioners, this successful programme is now supported by an ESCAPE-Pain app that includes engaging animations and informative videos to help people to remain active whilst coping with joint pain. 

The app can be downloaded for free by patients from the Google Play and Apple app stores. For more on the ESCAPE-Pain programme visit their website.  



Page updated 8th March 2017


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