BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine
Hello, and welcome to my website. I'm Matthew, an Osteopath working in Brighton, Crowborough and Haywards Heath.
I completed a four year full time degree course in Osteopathy and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. Since then I have worked with a number of leading Osteopaths and learnt many new skills. I am continually undergoing professional development and have completed a Dry Needling/Acupuncture course as a well as a Postgraduate course in Cranial Osteopathy which has enabled me to treat expectant mothers and newborn babies more effectively.
Originally from a small village in Oxfordshire, I have had a love of the countryside and nature since I was a small boy. I have also travelled extensively and spent some time working in a street clinic in Calcutta, India, where I was fortunate enough to meet Mother Theresa. Now living in Brighton I enjoy gardening and a wide range of sports including tennis, running, cycling and cricket which have helped to deepen my understanding of the injuries associated with them.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you improve your quality of life.
As an Osteopath I consider each person as an individual and will take time to uncover what has prevented the body from healing naturally. The body has the ability to recover from many traumatic events, however sometimes the body is unable to do this without assistance, and this is where Osteopathy can help. At my clinics I focus on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. Osteopathy is based on the principles that the body has the ability to heal naturally and as an Osteopath I aim to restore you to your optimal functioning capacity.
ABOUT CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY
Osteopathy during Pregnancy
Gentle osteopathic techniques are perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy and after giving birth. Aches and pains are common during pregnancy as the body changes shape to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the uterus. Osteopathic treatment aims to help the mother return to normal, both physically and emotionally, after birth by releasing strains from the pregnancy and birth.
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle type of osteopathic treatment that is an extremely effective approach in treating a wide range of conditions. Due to this gentle approach it is particularly effective at treating new born babies and children. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle rhythm that exists within the body - this rhythm can be disturbed by problems with any part of the body and cranial osteopathy can restore balance to the body by gently releasing these strains.
Birth strains during birth
The stress of being born is thought to be beneficial as it enhances the infants ability to survive, promoting breathing and circulation as well as assisting the development of the immune system. The body's skull is designed to cope with these strong forces and after the birth any moulding or compression of the skull is released naturally. However, a difficult pregnancy or a complicated labour, or a caesarian birth, can leave the baby with compressions and strains that developed during this time. Cranial osteopathy can help relieve these strains shortly after birth and help treat a wide range of symptoms in babies that are unsettled and fractious. Often tightness can develop around the abdomen and diaphragm and lead to trapped wind and pain after feeding. Gentle treatment can result in calming the baby's nervous system and reducing irritable behaviour, colicky crying and improve sleep patterns.