Osteopathy 

At Molford House we wish to create an environment that is comfortable and safe where we can tackle both acute and chronic pain issues and help our patients in their total health and well being.

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.

First treatment £55

Ongoing treatment £40

Child/ Student treatment £35

EFT session £55

Children's Clinic

This clinic set up 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.

 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.

 Caroline Thomas - Osteopath 

Caroline graduated from The British School of Osteopathy in 1998 and quickly established her own practice in London. With a wide range of patients from the very young to the elderly, Caroline learnt to focus on the person and not on the condition. She believes in good communication empowering patients through knowledge and self awareness to prevent future reoccurrences of pain. 

 An interest in pregnancy, birth and the postural adaptations of the body at these times inspired Caroline to complete a 2 years Masters Degree in Paediatric Osteopathy.  Her treatment of babies and children combine the practical knowledge gained from being a mother herself with osteopathic knowledge to offer understanding and insight to other parents. Cranial Osteopathy, which is a very gentle treatment is used when assessing and treating babies and young children. 

 Caroline works using predominantly massage and stretching techniques however treatments are always adapted for the individual patient. Patients are very welcome to phone first if they are unsure whether their problem is suitable for Osteopathic treatment and would like to discuss it first. All the major health insurance companies cover osteopathic treatment and Caroline is registered with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, amongst others as a provider of osteopathic treatment. 

 Caroline moved to Somerset in 2012 with her husband and son having sold her London practice to be nearer to her family in Devon. She is a passionate believer in home cooking and eating properly and believes that love and care should go into our daily food preparation. She is concerned about the hidden dangers within processed foods, the chemicals we use at home and the knock on effect that this has on our health.