Osteopathy is a physical therapy that uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain, restore movement and promote well-being.
Helena's and Vitor's focus as Osteopaths is in helping you function and feel better - whether that means keeping active as you get older so you can keep bowling; or as a sports person do better times, have less pain and reduce injuries; as a mum, feed your newborn more easily or all sleep better as a family; as someone working in a job with particular physical profile (whether that's on a building site or behind a desk or driving long distances), find ways to manage the strains or stresses that imposes on the body; or as someone with a chronic condition, live better with it through finding ways to manage it. Of course, Osteopathy isn't the only thing that can help keep you functioning well & feeling better - many things are in your control, such as a good diet, good quality sleep, social interaction, mental stimulation and many other therapies can help promote wellbeing too. But where pain, stiffness, restriction, discomfort, uncertainty about activities or exercises are part of what is holding you back, an osteopathic consultation with Helena or Vitor may be a good way to start to identify ways you can make changes yourself, supported by advice and treatment where appropriate, to feel better.
Jurassic Coast Osteopathy is the Dorset trading name of Helena Greenwood, Registered Osteopath and her associate, Registered Osteopath Vitor Abreu Da Costa. It is a family and community-orientated osteopathic practice in Weymouth located inside Lynch Lane Offices off Lanehouse Rocks. It is easy to find, easy to park at, convenient for Portland, Wyke, Chickerell and Weymouth and is a great place to start your journey towards feeling better and being able to do more. Helena worked as an osteopath for over 15 years in rural Surrey and moved to live in Dorset in 2016, commuting between Surrey and Dorset for 2 years before finally closing her Surrey practice in May 2018. She is well known for her calm and caring approach to all her patients and well-respected amongst her colleagues and other health-professionals. Vitor joined her in December 2020 as Helena felt that his values & approach closely aligned with hers.
Helena & Vitor use a variety of osteopathic treatment techniques including manipulation (also called high velocity thrust or HVT which is small rapid movements of joints that can produce a 'clicking' sound); deep tissue massage; articulation (rhythmic joint movements); and cranial (or craniosacral) osteopathy. The choice of technique(s) depends on what is suitable for each individual patient - what their problem is, history of relevant traumas or operation, current state of health, any medications and of course, patient preference, all of which are discussed (and any risks associated with particular techniques explained) before any treatment takes place. Helena & Vitor treat all sorts of problems, including sudden or longstanding back pain, muscle spasms, neck pain, headaches and many other issues - if you want to know if Osteopathy can help you, call Reception on 01305 237244 and request for an Osteopath to call you back.
Helena also has particular specialist skills and expertise in using the craniosacral ('cranial') osteopathic approach which she has both studied and taught at postgraduate level. She applies this more gentle approach to areas of special interest which are the treatment of pregnant mothers, babies and children and also to patients who for health or preference reasons cannot tolerate manipulation or strong massage eg people with osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, ligamentous laxity, acute disc prolapse, on warfarin and many other conditions. She also uses cranial osteopathy and a variety of other techniques in her treatment of animals, which she has also studied, taught and been an examiner in at postgraduate level. Vitor also uses cranial osteopathic technique and has joined Jurassic Coast Osteopathy in order to develop this aspect of his practice particularly in the treatment of children.
Helena and Vitor are registered with and statutorily regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) as required by law for all osteopaths. This means:
- they have been been trained to a high level at an osteopathic institution approved by the GOsC
- they are regulated and has to meet the high standards set by the GOsC to protect patients
- they have to keep up-to-date through doing annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- they will be re-validated every 3 years to keep their registration
- they have been trained to screen for medical conditions and refer patients to GPs, relevant NHS professionals or private consultants where appropriate.