TREATMENTS AVAILABLE AT THE RIVERSIDE PRACTICE
email: Nick Tuckley
Christopher Self - 07831 146500
Andrew Rayment - 07919 835204
Osteopathy is a patient centred therapy, which means no two treatments are the same – the treatment is geared to each patient as an individual.
During a treatment, there are a range of different techniques that may be used. One technique is Cranial Osteopathy, which is a particularly gentle technique that allows the osteopath to read tension and strain patterns in the body and to open a dialogue with the nervous system to restore the body to its optimal state.
The body tells a story
By paying attention to the tension patterns held in the body, the osteopath can “read” the story that the body has to tell. The more accurately the osteopath reads the story, the better the problems can be resolved.
Often the tension patterns have been held by the body for long periods of time and may relate to old accidents, injuries or life events, including emotional trauma, which can leave a lasting physical effect. The body can compensate for these, but compensating can put a burden on the body and symptoms will appear sooner or later.
Because the technique is very gentle it can be used for people of all ages. The newborn can benefit enormously from osteopathy which relieves a host of symptoms related to the trauma of birth. Treating children is of paramount importance – Osteopathy can help guide their growth towards its optimum by resolving strain patterns arising from accidents, sports injuries, illness, rapid growth phases and orthodontic work.
Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy helps the body adapt to postural changes and ensure the pelvis is in optimal balance prior to the birth. Treatment after the delivery is important to restore the mechanics and visceral pelvis to optimum. Retained parturition strains can cause many problems on a long term basis unless they are resolved.
Neck and Back pain
Osteopathy is well known for its comprehensive approach to neck and back pain. Correcting joint malalignment eases joint inflammation and muscle spasm thus reducing pain. Osteopathic treatment can help restore the body back to health after car accidents, lifting strains, falls and blows to the head, sporting injuries, dental trauma, occupational strains and disc prolapse.
The elderly suffering from arthritis can often gain relief using Osteopathy. Even if the joint has degenerative changes, the osteopath can very often decrease muscle contracture, decompress the joint, ease swelling and pain and improve mobility.
Sarah Major - 07989 287516
David Cocks - 01342 824305
Ping Ho - 07748 502605
Acupuncture is an ancient traditional medicine that has become widely accepted by the medical profession as an effective treatment for a broad range of problems and illnesses. These include infertility, back and joint problems, migraines, sleep problems, hayfever and other allergies, anxiety and stress, digestive disorders, and many more conditions. Acupuncture can also be used as a treatment for restoring good health, for example after flu, or for fatigue and the ill effects of stress. It can also be used as a support during pregnancy and for treating nausea.
Treatments last approximately 40 minutes. The first few treatments may take place at weekly intervals. Subsequent but less frequent treatments support and encourage further improvement and maintain vitality.
All needles are fine, high quality, disposable and unique to each client. The tip of the needles are placed in the surface of the skin at selected points of the body, mainly below the knee and elbow, depending on the diagnosis, and are left in for a short period of time. Most clients feel little or no discomfort.
Acupuncture is a highly effective treatment that can be used on its own, or in conjunction with other medical and alternative treatments.
Mark Cameron-Poland - 07950 525609
Michaela Alton - 07813 018717
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. People can change their destiny. Everyone given the right conditions and circumstances, has an innate tendency towards positive growth. The role of Counselling and Psychotherapy in moments of difficulty is to provide support for you to discover your opportunities, and to create new narratives for your life.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
You do not have to feel this way for the rest of your life.
You can free yourself from negative emotions.
You can have intimate, loving relationships.
You can let go of obsessive thoughts and behaviours.
You can be happy.
What to Expect.. Therapy is a collaborative process and is as unique as you are. The practioner will honour your experiences, so that together you can explore what meanings emerge from your emotional pain. Providing a safe, accepting and confidential environment.
Rachel Acworth - 07970 443598
EFT tapping is a unique therapy for letting go of many emotional issues, thought patterns and change deeper held beliefs and perceptions. It can help healing physical pain, past trauma, or coping with cravings.
When we lighten our emotional load, we actually give our bodies the opportunity to better deal with other chronic issues that need working out. Properly done, this can produce a calming effect, rewire a new neural pathway in the brain, reduce the negative emotion and shift to a positive state.
The free and uninterrupted energy flow helps activate the natural healing processes in each patient’s body as well as to restore their physical and emotional well-being.
Matrix re-imprinting is a powerful and advanced inner child healing technique that helps you to overcome traumatic events and has a deep, positive impact into your life situations, emotional wellbeing and general health. It is one of the most respectful therapies towards clients, and thats why it is so effective with resolving emotional traumas, life patterns and even chronic health issues.
You are in complete control of each process whilst the practitioner creates a safe environment for you and guides and assists you professionally to each step. Three principles are applied: We only go where you want to go, only do what you want to do, and work only on what you want to achieve. Great transformation happens and patients claim to feel relaxed and renewed after each session as your sessions are always tailored towards your specific goals and needs.
NAET (Practitioner: Rachel Acworth only)
NAET® was discovered by Dr. Devi S. Nambudripad in November of 1983. Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques, also known as NAET, are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.
Imogen Budd - 07971 000250
Kate Leppard - 07989 287516
What is homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine with a long tradition. It is a holistic therapy meaning it treats the whole person as a unique individual and is completely safe for people of all ages, including pregnant women and babies. The remedies are specially prepared, highly diluted substances given mainly in tablet or liquid form. Each prescription is tailored to the patient according to their specific symptoms and character. The remedy acts as a catalyst to stimulate the patient’s own healing powers, releasing the vitality needed to restore health. A homeopath views good health as much more than simply not having any symptoms – good health is an active, positive state without any limitations on physical, emotional and mental levels. Homeopathy is a natural, safe and effective way of achieving this.
Does homeopathy work?
Yes! Many people who are sceptical to begin with become completely convinced that Homeopathy works when they see the results in themselves or their children. There have also been quality randomised clinical trials demonstrating Homeopathy’s clinical effectiveness. For example, the Swiss Government commissioned a report that concluded that Homeopathy is clinically effective, cost effective and safe, while The Bristol Homeopathic hospital recorded the outcome of homeopathic treatment in 6,500 patients and found that 70% of patients reported an improvement in their health. The best way to find out is to try it yourself.
What to expect when visiting a homeopath?
The initial consultation takes at least one hour in order for the homeopath to gain a thorough understanding of the patient, their health and what symptoms they are experiencing. Follow-up consultations vary from patient to patient, but the aim is to help the patient improve as rapidly as possible. All information is kept confidential. It is always recommended that the patient maintain their relationship with their GP.
Practitioner: Patricia Patterson-Vanegas - 07766 705272
The Journey is a powerful healing process that uses simple yet profound tools to help people heal from anxiety, depression, stress, chronic pain, fatigue, anger, low self-esteem and issues relating to abuse, violent crime, relationships and business, as well as physical illness and disease.
Awaken your enlightened awareness, be who you really are!
Practitioner: Tessa Hodsdon
Integrative & Remedial Massage
Massage is available to treat a wide range of physical, functional and, in some instances, psychological symptoms by manually manipulating soft tissue in the client’s body.
Target tissues can include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints or other connective tissue, in addition to lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
Massage can help reduce swelling and promote lymphatic drainage. It can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows and forearm.
Integrative Massage is the application of specific treatment protocols targeting a specific problem the client presents with. It is the practical application of several hands on techniques to treat the specific area of a client’s dysfunction during a massage session.
Practitioner: Amber Callafiore - 07817 492013
Massage can treat a wide range of physical, functional and, in some cases, psychological symptoms by manually manipulating soft tissue in the client’s body.
Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, and/or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
Massage can help reduce swelling and promote lymphatic drainage. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows and forearm.
Practitioner: Elizabeth Andrews - 07394 088984
What is Nutritional Therapy?
Nutritional Therapy use a wide range of tools to identify imbalances, such as analytical information formed from detailed health questionnaires, functional testing, epigenetics, and latest research in nutritional medicine.
How does it work?
We combine the wisdom of healing through traditional natural approaches, whilst learning about you as a person; caring about what your life is like, how you sleep, are you happy and fulfilled in your work and personal life.
From this a complete picture is built in order to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances which maybe contributing to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. It offers a client-centred approach to health, putting you at the centre of the consultation, recognising your unique biochemical status.
According to the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT)
Nutritional Therapy is the “application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care…it is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing”
“Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. Dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and genotype (i.e., “personalised nutrition”) can be used to prevent, mitigate or cure chronic disease”.
Practitioners: Melanie Pearce - 07428 602855
Remedial Massage Therapy
Remedial massage therapy simply means using manual therapy techniques to “remedy” a problem. But, for the remedy to be effective, it is necessary to do more than simply relieve pain – the therapist must be able to understand how the problem came about and how it can be avoided in the future. To achieve this, our therapists use a range of massage and advanced soft tissue techniques set within a framework of assessment and rehabilitation procedures. As well as dealing effectively with a variety of musculoskeletal problems, remedial massage can also be used to help recovery and reduce the symptoms in many medical conditions too, including chronic pain, fatigue, and many others.
Like Remedial massage therapy, Sport massage therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments and is typically used to help prepare athletes for optimal performance during an athletic event, during training and for recovery after an event. Its purpose is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Our therapists work with a broad range of clients in assisting with preventative treatment and injury recovery.
Practitioner: Alison Beckett - email@example.com
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasises the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.
Pilates is a holistic exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and condition the body. It suits all ages and fitness levels and is helpful for overall wellbeing and general fitness.
It targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine and focuses on improving postural awareness, coordination, endurance and breathing control using gentle exercises and stretches.
It can assist recovery from injury and muscular pain and prevent reoccurrence.
Alison developed her Pilates skills as a natural adjunct to her extensive physiotherapy expertise. She trained and qualified with The Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) in London .
A Chartered Physiotherapist with over 25 years experience she has treated a broad range of conditions. She continues to work in the NHS, treating patients with neurological conditions.
Pilates has become an integral part of her physiotherapy programmes. It compliments all her treatments and is beneficial for general fitness, specific health conditions and overall wellbeing.
What Alison’s clients say
“Alison is a gifted and experienced physiotherapist and pilates teacher. She is always well prepared and makes every session enjoyable, building from the one before, but also responding sensitively to the needs of the moment. I don’t know how I would have recovered the full use of my arm (after injury) without Alison’s help. She really knows what she is doing.”
“I have been working with Alison on my lower back and hip pain for several months now and she has really helped me. My discomfort is greatly reduced and mobility is increased. Thanks for all your help Alison and look forward to our next session.”
“Alison provides both pilates and physiotherapy in one package. Because she is a fully qualified physio you feel completely safe with all the movements. If you are having a bad day, she can adapt the movements so that you always manage something. Pilates has given me back movement in my spine and upper back, more strength in my legs and a feeling of wellbeing. After years of pain in my lower back, hips and knees, pilates really has been a life-changer.”
Dr Pablo Jeczmien MD, MRCPsych - 020 8123 7065
Mark Cameron-Poland - 07950 525609
Through the journey of life we keep developing as individuals. As part of this path we invariably face difficult circumstances and we respond by using inner “tools” we have gained throughout our lives. Sometimes these “tools” are not effective enough and we react by experiencing anxieties or depressions. Phobias, Panic Disorders or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders as well as Depressions are all very frightening and disabling conditions.
Sometimes, severe traumatic experiences in our early formative years affect our development and the results are known as Personality Disorders. Other times, one traumatic event is so profound that we respond with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. These conditions and many others, including what we tend to describe as severe mental health disorders, whether Psychosis or Eating Disorders, do not need to be treated only with medications or viewed exclusively as a medical condition. We, human beings, are not only physical but also psychological and spiritual beings and therefore diagnoses cannot be based or “rooted” solely on the physical realm. Only a comprehensive approach, which combines these three elements can give us, not only the true picture of our difficulties and their symptoms but also provide us with the necessary understanding for comprehensive interventions.
Psychotherapy or “talking therapy” – sometimes known as “counselling” is a very useful intervention which can – in certain conditions – replace medications. It aims to explore, with the careful guidance of the therapist, our inner feelings, thoughts and beliefs which lay at the basis of our difficulties and conflicts.
Psychotherapy can be individual but also for couples and families. It then addresses not only the individual but his/her relations with the other significant persons in one’s immediate surroundings and life.
Practitioner: Heiko Geritzmann - 07864 078140
Heiko is a certified Personal Coach and Therapist specialising in Leadership, Intimacy, Relationships and Trauma/PTSD. He works with individuals and couples. Since 2008 he has supported people in their inner growth processes and their embodiment. In his work he carefully combines classical methods of the East with current Western concepts like ‘Person-centered therapy’ or ‘Somatic Experiencing®’.
Clients love Heiko‘s calm presence and his capacity to create a safe space; this helps them to build trust and deepen into their personal journey.
Some issues for Coaching and Therapy…
- Relationship issues
- Intimacy issues
- Coping with stress / Burnout
- Trauma / PTSD
Our Practitioners have been hand-picked to be part of the team at the Riverside.
There is a real wealth of expertise and experience in a wide range of therapies. Whether the Practitioners use their hands, herbs, remedies, needles, nutrition, counselling, or whether they use cutting edge diagnostic equipment – they all share the same vision.
Following my wife’s recommendation I have been seeing Nick Tuckley once a week for about 6 weeks as I could hardly walk which transpired I had put my pelvis out.
Due to Nick’s magical hands I can now walk as normal and I cannot recommend him highly enough. No matter what your problem is Nick can work magic.
Nick Tuckley is a man of great integrity and experience with a gentle strength and wisdom. His compassionate treatments alleviate both long standing pain and injury and at the same time encourage healing and any necessary re-alignment and are wonderful at reinstating balance and initiating healing after an injury or surgery. I whole heartedly recommend him.
After months of pain from a frozen shoulder, I finally went to the Riverside practice.Just a few treatments from Nick and it was healed completely. Now I know to call here first.
Nick’s treatments are a curious combination of feeling very gentle whilst at the same time being profoundly effective. Over the past 8 years, Nick has successfully treated me for a wide range of problems and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
Alison provides both pilates and physiotherapy in one package. Because she is a fully qualified physio you feel completely safe with all the movements. Pilates has given me back movement in my spine and upper back, more strength in my legs and a feeling of wellbeing. After years of pain in my lower back, hips and knees, pilates really has been a life-changer.
I have been working with Alison on my lower back and hip pain for several months now and she has really helped me.
My discomfort is greatly reduced and mobility is increased. Thanks for all your help Alison and look forward to our next session.
Alison is a gifted and experienced physiotherapist and pilates teacher. She is always well prepared and makes every session enjoyable, building from the one before, but also responding sensitively to the needs of the moment. I don’t know how I would have recovered the full use of my arm (after injury) without Alison’s help. She really knows what she is doing.
Nick transformed my life from being in continual pain for years
to be able to resume my former active life again.
After 10 years of recurring lower back pain, after a couple of treatments with Nick, I experienced instant relief … and have been pain free ever since!
I highly recommend Nick Tuckley to anyone suffering with similar!