Judith O'Sullivan - Mallow Osteopathic Clinic
- Mallow Osteopathic Clinic - Bellevue, Mallow
Judith O'Sullivan's Professional Background
I grew up in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. I qualified as a General Nurse in the U.K. (1999) and subsequently spent the next four years working as a General Nurse in hospitals in London, Edinburgh and Australia and also as a General Practitioner's Nurse.
In 2002 I decided to further my medical career by studying Osteopathy. In 2006 I graduated as a registered Osteopath obtaining a BSc. Honours Degree in Osteopathy. I am registered with the Osteopathic Council of Ireland and the General Osteopathic Council (G.Os.C.) which regulates my profession.
I have spent the last three and a half years working in Mallow at the Bellevue Surgery. I currently operate my own Practice in two locations – Mallow Osteopathic Clinic, Bellevue, Mallow and The Medical Centre, in Ballybunion.
I have experience in the practice of structural, functional, visceral, and cranial osteopathy, and I am able to offer my patients an integrated form of treatment which includes structural work, deep soft tissue massage, manipulation, visceral mobilisation, lymphatic drainage, cranial osteopathy, exercises and postural advice.
- In 1993, Osteopathy became the first complementary health care profession to gain statutory recognition.
- Qualification as an Osteopath requires completion of a four year BSc (Honours) Degree course in Osteopathy with extensive clinical training.
- All Osteopaths must have medical malpractice insurance and adhere to a professional code of conduct.
- Disc Injuries
- Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Hip, Knee and Ankle Pain
- Muscular strains
- Whiplash injuries
- Arthritic conditions
- Pre & Post Natal Care
- Pregnancy related back pain/Pubic Symphysis pain
- Birthing Trauma
- Disturbed sleeping patterns
- Feeding difficulties
- Behavioural problems
- Sinus problems
- Cranial for Babies
- Cranial for Adults
- Visceral Osteopathy
- Osteopathy in Pregnancy
- Osteopathy for Children
- Osteopath v Cranio-Sacral
What is Osteopathy?
In brief, Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
All osteopathic techniques are safe, gentle and highly effective. Everyone from the newborn to the elderly can benefit from osteopathic treatment. Commonly treated conditions include:
You can contact an Osteopath directly as they are trained as primary health care professionals. Whilst doctors and other health care practitioners refer patients to osteopaths, most patients self-refer.
More information on Osteopathy and Mallow Osteopathic Clinic
Cranial Osteopathy for Babies and Children
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle and soothing type of Osteopathic treatment. The Osteopath uses refined touch and gentle pressure to encourage the release of tension and the correction of mechanical disturbance throughout the body. It is a very gentle adjustment without any 'clicking' of the joints.
The brain is immersed in cerebral spinal fluid (C.S.F.) that bathes and protects the tissues in and around the brain. This fluid pulsates at around 6-14 times a minute in a healthy craniosacral system, this is known as the Involuntary Mechanism (I.V.M). Dr. William G. Sutherland first discovered this rhythm in the early 1900's.
The Osteopath works with their hands on the cranium (head) and sacrum (tail bone) palpating the motion of the bones and subtle rhythmic pulsation of the C.S.F. and corrects disturbances in the neuromuscular system.
Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. During labour the body is subjected to enormous physical forces. At birth, the head of the baby is relatively soft and pliable which makes it vulnerable to trauma, and even for so-called 'normal' deliveries, the baby's head is compressed, twisted and moulded in order to facilitate the birth.
After delivery the head gradually un-moulds, however this un-moulding process may be left incomplete especially if the birth was difficult such as: a long and difficult labour, rapid delivery, abnormal presentation, use of forceps, small maternal pelvis or a large baby's head.
Some babies cope extremely well with severely retained moulding and compression, for others they can display a variety of problems such as irritably, feeding difficulties, wind, and colic.
Practitioners aid the body's natural self-correcting mechanism to relieve traumas that may have occurred during the birth. Using their highly trained sense of touch they can identify and treat restrictions and disturbances using gentle pressure and this is not painful or uncomfortable for children.
Babies born by caesarean section, also present some compression problems, as the skull has not undergone the 'moulding' effect from the birth canal. After Cranial treatment the baby or child is very relaxed and sleeps well. Others may have a burst of energy after treatment, usually followed by a good night's sleep.
Cranial Osteopathy for Adults
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle and non-invasive manual technique that works to make sure that the body's framework is in alignment, allowing a good blood and nerve supply to internal organs, and relieving any tension in the muscles and bones that could be restricting these.
Cranial Osteopathy aims to treat the person holistically, i.e. not just the physical condition. It is helpful to people of all ages and has been successful in treating diverse conditions such as acute back and neck pain, migraines and sinus problems. Indeed treatment may also benefit general health and well-being.
When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. Any tensions in the body can restrict a person's freedom of movement and disrupt cranial rhythm. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with the accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.
During treatment some Patients may experience sensations of warmth or fluid movement whereas others may simply experience deep relaxation.
Visceral osteopathy relieves restrictions in the interconnections between the motion of all the organs and structures of the body nerves, blood vessels, and fascial compartments.
Viscera have slippery surfaces and are attached to the walls of body cavities and the spine by ligaments. Adhesions and tensions can alter or restrict these movements and stress the organs.
Osteopathic mobilisations of the viscera assist in the release of spinal and joint restrictions. This eliminates muscular spasms and tensions in the ligaments, thereby restoring complete mobility to the join.
Following early work by Andrew Taylor Still DO and William Garner Sutherland DO, Jean-Piere Barral RPT, DO built on these innovative therapies to create this method of detailed assessment and highly specific manipulation.
Osteopathy in Pregnancy
Osteopathy can help to make your pregnancy and labour go as smoothly as possible. Gentle osteopathic techniques are perfectly safe at all stages of pregnancy. The osteopathic approach is a particularly gentle way of working with the body’s own natural mechanism for releasing and re-balancing tensions, without force.
Osteopathy during pregnancy may be of benefit in facilitating an easy passage of the baby through the birth canal. Firstly, it can ensure the pelvic mechanics are moving freely. Secondly, it can aid optimal foetal positioning to accommodate an easier birth for both mother and baby.
Enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place over a relatively short period of time, which can impose physical strain on all organs and tissues. Hormones are released in pregnancy, which slacken the ligaments that bind the joints. The same hormones also soften the ligaments in the spine and uterus which can make them susceptible to injury. These injuries respond well to Osteopathic treatment.
As your baby develops, there will be an increase in volume and weight held in front, making a number of distinct changes in the postural carriage of the body. Osteopathy can help by easing some of the physical discomforts common to pregnancy, and can prepare for the demands of labour as well as help the mother recover after birth. Osteopathic treatment can also help ease other side effects of pregnancy such as heartburn, indigestion, constipation, pain in the lower back, pain in the hip, mid-thoracic, buttock, groin or leg, and pubic symphysis. Treatment can be also beneficial in the post partum (after baby is born) period.
You do not have to have symptoms to see an Osteopath; if you wish, you can simply have an assessment to make sure everything is functioning well for the birth.
Osteopathy for Children/Teenagers
Children of any age can benefit from Osteopathy. As young people grow up, the body undergoes a number of changes. Children can suffer from musculo-skeletal problems caused by carrying heavy school bags, from sporting activities or from growth related posture problems, which carry the risk of sprains and strains and which can affect the well being of your child.
Osteopathy can prevent problems and allow the body’s framework to heal naturally and adjust to the postural and hormonal demands made on it. It can help to release these stresses on the body, treat an irritated nervous system, general restlessness, correct poor posture, or reduce muscular aches and pains.
After treatment, patients generally experience a better sense of well being finding they have more energy, sleep better, concentrate better and generally have a greater ability to resist disease.
Osteopathy could make a major difference to your child, ensuring they stay fit and healthy.
You do not have to have symptoms to see an Osteopath; you can have an assessment to make sure everything is functioning to its optimum.
What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Cranio-Sacral Therapist
The main difference between a Cranial Osteopath and a Cranio-Sacral Therapist is in the training and depth of understanding of human anatomy.
Craniosacral therapists may use techniques similar to an Osteopath but they may not have an osteopathic background. Cranial Osteopathy can only be given by those who have qualified as an Osteopath after completing their BSc Degree programme.
Qualification as an Osteopath requires completion of a four year BSc (Honours) Degree which includes extensive training treating patients in an Osteopathic Clinic. Osteopaths can only practice once they are registered with their statutory regulatory body (which is the Osteopathic Council of Ireland).
Dr. William Garner Sutherland developed Cranial Osteopathy in the 1950’s. He developed and refined his techniques which formed part of an Osteopath’s training for their degree. Certain Osteopaths teach simplified versions of these techniques to lay people who now practice what is known as Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
Mallow Osteopathic Clinic,
|Tel: 086 1063491|
Directions : Coming from Mallow Town Center Go down Main Street in Mallow in the direction of the Clockhouse. At the Clockhouse roundabout take the exit to the right. Go staight over the bridge, at the end of the bridge you will meet traffic lights - turn right at these traffic lights. Continue for 400 meters until you reach the Church of the Resurrection. The clinic is the first builing on the left hand side after the church. Parking is available at the front of the clinic.
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Directions to Mallow Osteopathic Clinic
Coming from Mallow Town Center Go down Main Street in Mallow in the direction of the Clockhouse. At the Clockhouse roundabout take the exit to the right. Go staight over the bridge, at the end of the bridge you will meet traffic lights - turn right at these traffic lights. Continue for 400 meters until you reach the Church of the Resurrection. The clinic is the first builing on the left hand side after the church. Parking is available at the front of the clinic.
Coming from Cork City Approaching Mallow along the N20 from Cork take the sliproad signposted for "R619 Coachford, Town Centre 2km & Industrial Estate". At the bottom of the sliproad turn right and you will pass under the main road N20 which you have just left. Continue straight and you will pass Dano's Supermarket on your left - keep travelling straight and you will see the Church of the Resurrection on your right. The clinic is located immediately before the church on the right hand side next to the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing.
Coming from Killarney Approaching Mallow along the N72 from Killarney, you will pass under the railway at "The Rounabout Inn" pub. Immediatley, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit which is sign posted for "N20 Cork". Continue for 700 meters, the road merges from a two-lane road to a one-lane road and you cross over the Blackwater River. Take the sliproad signposted for "R619 Coachford, Town Centre 2km & Industrial Estate". At the bottom of the sliproad turn right. Continue straight and you will pass Dano's Supermarket on your left - keep travelling straight and you will see the Church of the Resurrection on your right. The clinic is located immediately before the church on the right hand side next to the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing.
Coming from Limerick Approaching Mallow along the N20 from Limerick at the first roundabout you reach take the 2nd exit signposted for "N20 Cork & All Other Routes". Continue for 500 meters and you reach the second roundabout - take the 2nd exit which is signposted for "N20 Cork". Continue for 700 meters, the road merges from a two-lane road to a one-lane road and you cross over the Blackwater River. Take the sliproad signposted for "R619 Coachford, Town Centre 2km & Industrial Estate". At the bottom of the sliproad turn right. Continue straight and you will pass Dano's Supermarket on your left - keep travelling straight and you will see the Church of the Resurrection on your right. The clinic is located immediately before the church on the right hand side next to the traffic lights at the pedestrian crossing.