Mallow Osteopathic Clinic was establised in 2007 by Judith O’Sullivan. Judith qualified as a General Nurse in the U.K. (1999) and subsequently spent the next four years working as a General Nurse in hospitals in London, Edinburgh and Australia and also as a General Practitioner’s Nurse.
In 2002 Judith decided to further her medical career by studying Osteopathy and graduated in 2006 as a registered Osteopath obtaining a BSc. Honours Degree in Osteopathy. Judith is registered with the Osteopathic Council of Ireland and the General Osteopathic Council (G.Os.C.) which regulates the osteopathic profession.
Judith has experience in the practice of structural, functional, visceral, and cranial osteopathy, and is able to offer her patients an integrated form of treatment which includes structural work, deep soft tissue massage, manipulation, visceral mobilisation, cranial osteopathy, exercises and postural advice.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and soothing type of Osteopathic treatment. The Osteopath uses refined touch and gentle pressure to encourage the release of tension and the correction of mechanical disturbance throughout the body. It is a very gentle adjustment without any ‘clicking’ of the joints.
The Osteopath works with their hands on the cranium (head) and sacrum (tail bone) palpating the motion of the bones and subtle rhythmic pulsation of the C.S.F. and helps address the among other issues the difficulties associated with both a natural birth and caesarean section.
Cranial Osteopathy aims to treat the person holistically, i.e. not just the physical condition. It is helpful to people of all ages and has been successful in treating diverse conditions such as acute back and neck pain, migraines and sinus problems. Indeed treatment may also benefit general health and well-being.
When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. Any tensions in the body can restrict a person’s freedom of movement and disrupt cranial rhythm. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with the accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.
Osteopathy can help to make your pregnancy and labour go as smoothly as possible. Gentle osteopathic techniques are perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy. The osteopathic approach is a particularly gentle way of working with the body’s own natural mechanism for releasing and re-balancing tensions, without force.
As your baby develops, there will be an increase in volume and weight held in front, making a number of distinct changes in the postural carriage of the body. Osteopathy can help by easing some of the physical discomforts common to pregnancy, and can prepare for the demands of labour as well as help the mother recover after birth. Osteopathic treatment can also help ease other side effects of pregnancy such as heartburn, indigestion, constipation, pain in the lower back, pain in the hip, mid-thoracic, buttock, groin or leg, and pubic symphysis. Treatment can be also beneficial in the post partum (after baby is born) period.