Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Rebecca Popplewell - Principal Therapist
Rebecca set up Molford House Surgery in 1992 practising Osteopathy in North Devon alongside Sports and Myofascial Therapists, Counsellors Acupuncturists and Nutritionists.
Rebecca trained in London at the British School of Osteopathy ( now the University College of Osteopathy). Coming from a dance and fitness background after graduating she taught Anatomy, Physiology and Body Conditioning (Pilates!) to those on a performing dance foundation course. Rebecca established the original Sports Injury Clinic at the London Central YMCA and taught the Stretch component of their RSA fitness qualification.
Alongside her body alignment work and more classical osteopathy using joint manipulation and soft tissue work Rebecca went on to do post graduate study with the Sutherland College in Cranial Osteopathy. Using cranial osteopathic techniques Rebecca has worked over many years with local midwives and health visitors in North Devon supporting new mums and babies within the clinic.
After a skiing injury Rebecca benefitted from Bowen treatment and went on to do the Assessment Lead Bowen Training and has now added Bowen Assessments to her treatment protocols.
This clinic set up by Rebecca in February 1999 provides a homely and friendly environment for children of all ages from birth to adolescence. All our children's practitioners are familiar with the various therapies on offer and know the benefits of working together to combine the most appropriate therapy for each child. Just a few examples might be;
Cranial Osteopathy for babies with Colic or Glue Ear.
Sports Therapy for teenagers with problems resulting from lugging heavy schoolbags from classroom to classroom or specific sports injury.
Counselling for children or teenagers with anxiety, phobias or trauma.
Acupuncture is particularly useful for creating balance to hormonal issues which may for instance cause a surge in symptoms like migraine.
Massage and hands-on therapy in general can often help with relaxation in anxious children and teenagers.
Allergies and digestive problems might respond well to a combination of Cranial Osteopathy and Nutrition as would Teenage Chronic Fatigue, Post Viral Syndrome and Glandular Fever.
It is usual for any child under the age of 16 to have a chaperone whilst in a hands on clinic environment exceptions to this might be Counselling or EFT sessions where a teenager may be provided with a safe and confidential environment in which to discuss their issues.
The purpose and intention of all Practitioners within this clinic is to bring understanding to the child and/or parent, regarding the nature and cause of their symptoms together with a consensual explanation of their treatment.