Having worked as an osteopath in Brockley since I qualified in 1991, I have treated newborn babies who’ve grown into university students and have had the privilege of treating several people until the end of their lives. I have come to know a wide network of other very talented and interesting practitioners in the area. The standards of quality of care, knowing my limits and developing a wide web of connections with other disciplines have been the cornerstones of the way that I work.
Health is an ever changing picture, being complex and at the same time incredibly simple. The complexity lies in the web of influences from our genetics, birth story, nutrition, postural habits, accumulation of injuries and accidents, even our attitudes towards health, ourselves and our relationships can shape how we function, the amount of ease/disease in our bodies. Much of this can remain hidden, or unconscious and responding to questions in the first consultation can unearth some surprising connections. The ‘detective work’ is ongoing throughout the course of treatment and often important information surfaces within or between treatments as the body starts to change. The simplicity lies in being able to work with innate healing forces in order to enhance the person’s connection to their stream of health.
I love the challenge of new cases as much as carrying out a long term treatment plan with someone who has a number of health issues. My aim always is to assist the person to better understand what is going on in their body, in their life, assist them as best I can and for us to look together to see what the person can do to help themselves.
Having received cranial osteopathic treatment from Joanna over the last months, I've noticed significant improvements with muscular issues which have troubled me for years. Not only is she skilled at understanding and pinpointing muscular issues, she is also very conscious of instructing on applying mindfulness to your day to day life. I've now come to learn how this can have a massive impact on how your body feels. Since becoming more aware of my day to day with her help I'm learning how not to let stress overpower me. Joanna is a very calming presence and is always a pleasure to be around. I strongly believe that having this kind of presence not only makes the experience more pleasant, especially as somebody who has a certain level of hypersensitivity, but also makes the treatment more effective.
I attended a meeting with Joanna at the Sunflower Centre. I was made to feel at ease for the complete 90 minute session. Joanna informed me of what she was doing right throughout the meeting. All my previous visits to an osteopath I have told them about my problems and they have straight away started treating that problem. Joanna asked for my full medical history before starting work on me. I visited because of my knee pain and have seen osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists for the same problem and they have all cracked my bones and given me exercises to carry out at home, most of these exercises have made matters worse. After one session I am feeling a whole lot better and Joanna has told me a lot of my problems are from medical trauma from my previous encounter with the NHS.
I’m very grateful for the holistic care and support I’ve received during my time as a patient at the sunflower centre. Having such a complex symptom picture might have phased some practitioners but Jo’s patient, thorough and thoughtful approach to treatment has improved my overall health despite my reaching a dead end with conventional medicine. Jo took the time to really listen to how I was feeling allowing her to try different approaches to support me in managing my condition. This hasn’t always been straightforward but Jo has always been responsive to feedback and is diligent in standing back to review the whole picture allowing her to give me tailored treatment, support and advice. I would recommend the centre to anyone looking for excellent care in a comfortable, relaxed and welcoming setting.
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