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Osteopathy helping through pregnancy and post natally

By |2017-09-26T16:35:47+13:00July 27th, 2015|Osteopathy: Blog, Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Here’s a small testimonial from one of our patients, who has received care through both of her pregnancies and post natally at Twig.

“I was first treated by Debbie Ryan in 2008 when I was heavily pregnant and had sciatic pain down my right leg. From the first treatment I was hooked! I was amazed by how such a gentle and relaxing process could relieve pain that had me hobbling and finding sleeping almost impossible. Debbie helped me through the end of my pregnancy and then treated both my son and I after his birth. I remember seeing him just melt into a peaceful sleep through the treatment. On-going osteopathy helped my body recover post birth and then through my second pregnancy also. Debbie was also on hand to treat my second son when he fell and broke his leg. She has treated both my sons and I for quite some time now and has assisted us in many situations and circumstances such as toileting, sleep issues and growing pains to name a few. I feel so lucky to have found a practitioner whom I totally trust with my health and the health of my sons. Debbie has helped me more than I can say and I can’t imagine how birthing, recovery and my son’s lives so far would have been without her support and skill.”

Growing Pains

By |2017-09-26T16:43:41+13:00April 20th, 2015|Osteopathy: Blog, Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Helping Children with growth, with osteopathy through all ages is something that can make a big difference to kids and families.

Growing pains are common, but not normal, it usually means that there’s some unresolved strain in the body. It can be more common in really active sporty kids, and due to common universal ages of growth spurts, is very common in children around the ages of 9, 12 and 14.
The osteopath can gently and quickly release these strains leaving kids way more comfortable and able to continue with the activities they love.

Here’s a testimonial:

“Some years ago my daughter developed intermittent pain in her knees. It would come on near a growth spurt and at one point she couldn’t walk up the hill to school as it was so uncomfortable. I took her to a few different doctors and x-rays were taken. There was no diagnosis or suggestions to make it better. I was reminded to visit Deborah Ryan at the Twig Centre. I had had a few treatments myself following a pretty scary skin flare and these I had found very beneficial. My daughter had a few treatments with Deborah and the knee problem disappeared! We occasionally go for a treatment if my daughter indicates some discomfort but this is only ever very minor pain so I consider the treatment like a WOF to straighten things out. The only way my daughter and I can describe the effect of the treatment is that, where her growing somehow glued things up in her knees, Deborah was able to unstick it! My son is also treated by Debrorah- he is a typical boy who has fun outdoors banging, twisting and scraping bits of his body … my son reports that he is always far more comfortable immediately after a treatment.”

S. Hutt Valley 20/4/15

Osteopathy recommendation

By |2017-10-11T19:07:38+13:00May 10th, 2011|Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Deborah Ryan – Osteopath.

I first started seeing an osteopath for my son. I saw great results, but it took almost a year before I thought about it for myself. Somehow I thought I didn’t need it or deserve it ‘as much’ as a child!   That was 4 years ago, since then I’ve come to see my osteopath for small things (like a pulled muscle) and big things (like recovery from major surgery).  In 2010 I had 5 months of chemotherapy, I saw Debbie every week and came through the chemo treatment much better than any of my specialists expected, i.e. I never vomited, never had mouth ulcers and while I lost all my hair, it also started growing back during my treatment. While I slept alot, I was by no means bed ridden throughout that time.  While I don’t understand how osteopathy works, I can testify to how it feels, which is like connecting myself back together, physically my symptoms reduce, and at a mental or spiritual level I always feel more whole, more calm and resilient.  Now, because of that I use osteopathy to keep myself well as much as to recover from anything!

– N. Wellington


Family treatment

By |2017-09-26T16:48:15+13:00May 3rd, 2011|Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Osteopath: Deborah Ryan.

I have been to Osteopaths before but since I was recommended to Deborah I would not go anywhere else. Although I am sure the other Osteopaths did help – with Deborah it has been the first time I have felt and seen before my eyes the treatment taking effect.

Going to Deborah has certainly been a ‘family affair’ with my husband, 3 daughters and I all have been treated by Deborah. Also numerous friends that I have recommended have either been to Deborah or other practitioners at the Twig Centre and have been grateful for the recommendation and the treatment that they have received.

While I was pregnant with my twins I felt so much relieve being treated by Deborah – my chest and tummy were so tight from getting bigger quicker than my other pregnancy. After seeing Deborah I would have instant relieve and feel like I could breathe so much better. After having my caesarean for the twins I went to Deborah & she was able to help the uterus contract properly as with a c-section your body does not know properly that the babies have been born – I could feel this working and also the treatment then and other times have given me the much needed energy I have required to run around like I do.

With the twins who are now 10 months old they had a bit of a rough start to life being born early and a bit squashed in as I am not tall. Twin A was pretty good but due to being squashed in had a bit of a crick in her neck which Deborah was able to sort and just recently after a virus had knocked her around a bit I could see during the treatment that she was going from a grizzly kid we had for a couple of weeks to being happy and having her ‘batteries charged’ in the ½ hour appointment time – it was amazing.

Twin B was only 3 pounds (1300 grams) when she was born due to having a smaller placenta and umbilical cord. She was shoved up under my ribs which did not do her neck any good. Due to this she favoured one side and got quite a flat head on one side. Deborah has been working on this and it is looking much better – still a little way to go but we will get there.

I have taken the twins to Deborah after each immunisation and this helps them process the jab quicker and they deal with them quite well.

My 5 year old has been to see Deborah more as ‘tune-ups’ and to help with the growing process but there has not really been any issues.

We have all found the people at the Twig Centre to be very helpful and lovely to deal with.

– Avril.


Back pain

By |2017-09-26T16:48:47+13:00May 3rd, 2011|Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Back pain
Treatment type: Osteopathy.

After suffering from back pain for almost ten years, and having tried both chiropracty and physiotherapy to no avail, a friend suggested that I see an osteopath at the Twig Centre. It happened to coincide with being 8 weeks pregnant with my first child and I was worried about how my back would cope. I started having regular cranial osteopathic treatments and I was very quickly, almost pain free.

I continued with treatments after my baby was born and could literally feel the epidural leave my body. I had felt lopsided from it after the birth and immediately felt normal again. I’m still having regular treatments to maintain my ongoing lower back condition.

My baby suffered from silent reflux, gut problems and allergies from birth but regular treatments have helped him to manage these problems and he is now a very happy, healthy 8 month old who is a great sleeper and has slept through the night from an early age. Treatments also help when his teeth and gums are bothering him or if he has a cold. I would recommend osteopathy to any parent even if their baby doesn’t seem unwell. Their bodies change so much so quickly and treatments help their bodies to adjust to that change. People often comment on what a happy and settled baby we have and I honestly believe it’s because of his regular osteopathic treatments.

I can’t recommend the osteopaths at the Twig Centre highly enough. Osteopathy has literally changed my life.

– Penny, Lower Hutt.


Osteopathy and Post Natal Care

By |2017-09-26T16:55:05+13:00March 8th, 2011|Osteopathy: Blog, Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Osteopathy: Case study.

A lady expecting her second child came to see me for a check up at 37 weeks pregnant. Her last pregnancy had Osteopathy and Post Natal Care Post-natally osteopathy can have an important role in how a woman feels and copes with her first year of becoming a mother.

Labour can leave strains in the body, through the pelvis but also affecting the whole spine and head. A woman’s body is designed to delver babies, but sometimes things don’t go to plan, or the labour was longer than we might of hoped for. Unresolved labour strains may lead to back and tailbone pain, headaches, tiredness and in some cases low mood. When treating women after the birth of their baby, we are once again seeking to restore symmetry and balance throughout the body.

Strains in the tailbone (sacrum and coccyx) and at the front of the pelvis (symphysis pubis) potentially can have long term effects. These effects can include: pain felt, pelvic floor function and general health of the pelvic organs.

Osteopathy – New Mum

By |2017-09-26T16:55:34+13:00March 7th, 2011|Osteopathy: Blog, Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Osteopathy: Case study.

When her baby was four months old Sandra was getting increasingly fed up. She’d had four bouts of mastitis with four lots of anti-biotics. She was feeling realy tired, which she couldn’t understand because she was actually getting a good nights sleep. Her low back was also aching.

Sandra had had a good delivery, her baby was born after four hours of labour, she needed no pain relief & there was no tearing. She therefore expected to heal well & was a little confused as to why she felt so dreadful.

When I examined Sandra I found that there was sacral sag- dural drag. This is when the tailbone gets dragged down between the two hip bones (ilia). This is very common after any delivery, but is more severe after a very rapid or long delivery. Sandra’s immune system & lymphatics (the drainage system) were very sluggish.

Treatment was focused on removing the sacral sag- dural drag, & improving the immune & drainage function. When I saw Sandra 2 weeks later, she was well. She had loads more energy, she was feeling happier with no back pain. She was pleased because although she’d had one episode of a blocked milk duct, she had successfully used compression to treat it, which had not worked with the previous episodes which had then therefore progressed to mastitis.

Osteopathy and Pregnancy

By |2017-09-26T16:56:15+13:00December 13th, 2010|Osteopathy: Blog, Osteopathy: Testimonials|

Osteopathy: Case study.

A lady expecting her second child came to see me for a check up at 37 weeks pregnant. Her last pregnancy had ended with an induction due to pre- eclampsia (toxemia), the outcome was a caesarean being performed. She was keen to avoid a repeat of this experience and was planning a vaginal delivery.

On examination I found that there was a lot of boney and muscular tension through the pelvis. With the pelvis sitting in a very “square” position rather than the opened out position that we would expect at this late stage of pregnancy. This resistance through the pelvis could potentially slow a vaginal delivery and possibly even prevent it.

Osteopathic treatment was focused on helping the body and pelvis accommodate the baby. The patient’s vitality and health were good and she responded well to the treatment.

On the second treatment, there was much improvement in the pelvis. Osteopathic treatment was again directed making sure that the pelvis was in optimum position and able to make the movements necessary for labour. Her daughter was born by normal vaginal delivery 2 weeks later with no interventions.