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cardiff Osteopath from Barry Ostopathy and Pilates Clinic at Gaia cardiff
My name is Sharon Sylvester and I am an osteopath and Pilates teacher working in both Cardiff and Barry. I have a special interest in two areas - Cranial Osteopathy, which consists of many gentle techniques for the whole body and exercise prescription using my Pilates training to aid health and recovery. So if you come and see me, you may have structural osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and/or exercise prescription, whatever combination is best suited to you. I am a member of the Institute of Osteopathy, Sutherland Cranial College and am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (registration number 8020). I am a qualified level 3 Pilates instructor and a qualified APPI Pilates teacher.
Osteopathy is a therapeutic system of diagnosis and treatment that considers the mechanics and structure of the whole body. While osteopaths are well known for treating back pain, we diagnose and treat musculoskeletal symptoms and dysfunctions from head to toe, assessing and treating from a functional, postural and mechanical viewpoint.
 If one area of the body is not working effectively there may well be an effect on another part of the body. This is why osteopaths take a holistic approach to treatment. Osteopathy  considers health to be more than the absence of pain and disease, but a state of harmony and balance both within the body and between the body, mind and spirit.
Cranial Osteopathy
  Most of us have experienced stressful physical or emotional events at some time in our lives; the effects of these events can accumulate challenging the body to cope and adapt and symptoms may develop. Areas of restriction or tension will change the balance throughout the body. Osteopaths have a highly developed sense of touch/ palpation paired with an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology and can detect these subtle physical imbalances in the body.

Cranial osteopathy is one of the tools in an osteopath’s kit. It is known for its subtle and gentle techniques applied throughout the body using osteopathic principles, treating the whole body not just the head. Encouraging the release of stresses and the balancing of tension within the body, helping the body to return to a better state of balance and harmony.
I find Pilates very useful as exercise prescription for my patients. Pilates is exercise for the whole body. The exercises are designed to helping you to stretch, strengthen and improve muscle balance and tone.Improvements in posture, balance and flexibility will often be the result of practice. Pilates promotes a stronger more supportive core.
Common conditions treated with Osteopathy
Below is a list of conditions treated by an osteopath.
  • Musculoskeletal problems – eg pain and dysfunction in muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons
  • Back pain and sciatica                                                .     
  • Neck pain
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Shoulder problems and pain (including frozen shoulder) 
  • Elbow pain (including tennis elbow)
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Arthritic pain and stiffness
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Neuralgia
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Generalised aches and pains
  • Inability to relax
  • Minor sports injuries
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