Osteopathy is a discrete medical specialty, which concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of complaints involving the body's muscles, tendons, joints, discs, nerves, ligaments and, in particular, how they relate to the body's mechanics, function and posture. In practice, this most commonly relates to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain.
In response to physical knocks or emotional stress, the body's tissues contract. Any stresses, strains, tensions or traumas, which are unresolved in the body, restrict the body's functioning and may give rise to problems over the years. The effects may be both physical (such as back pain, migraine or digestive disorders) and emotional (such as anxiety or depression).
Osteopaths are trained to feel both the subtle and larger physical motions in the body, and use this to identify areas where there is congestion or restriction. Osteopathic treatment uses hands-on techniques to help restore motion, reduce inflammation and tension, enhance blood flow and lymphatic drainage, to enable the body to return to better function.
A detailed knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human musculo-skeletal system enables osteopaths to identify faults which occur because of injury or mechanical stress, and to treat not just the symptoms but the underlying causes of the problem.
The osteopath's assessment, diagnosis and treatment are patient centred and tailored to you as an individual. Factors such as your job, posture, sports and previous injuries will be taken into account when treating and giving advice. As some patients are on prescribed medications and under the care of a G.P, the assessment also takes this into account. The treatment is then tailored towards complementing orthodox medicine, keeping the GP informed and up to date of all treatment given.
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for individuals of all ages, from birth to old age. The human skull and face are comprised of several bones, each bone expressing a small amount of movement along the line where it joins its neighbouring bones. Collectively, the bones move, causing a very subtle, rhythmic shape change that is present throughout the head and body. This is known as the involuntary mechanism or the cranial rhythm. Cranial Osteopaths are trained to feel these movements and use gentle but specific hand holds to release compressions in both the head and the rest of the body.
Babies and Children
The bones of the newborn's skull are made of membrane and cartilage rather than bone as we know it. This material is flexible and deforms under load, like steel making its flexibility part of its strength. The tiny joints between the bones of the head are called sutures and allow even more flexibility to this living structure.
When an osteopath examines a baby, areas of tension are often found in the spine or head, which are indications that the baby is uncomfortable. A baby cannot complain of backache or headaches, and will typically express this by crying and being unsettled or irritable.
After treatment, children can be unsettled for 24 - 36 hours, this is normal. However, if you are concerned please don't hesitate to contact us.
In adults, cranial osteopathy can be used in conjunction with structural osteopathy to treat symptoms sustained in car accidents or falls, cervicogenic headaches, abdominal pain, jaw pain.
Myofascial Dry Needling
Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat.
Zubin Morar has had an interest in the human body since the age of 16, when biology was his favourite subject at school. He researched various medical professions, including optometry, physiotherapy and chiropractic, before deciding to join the four-year osteopathic degree programme at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), now known as the University College of Osteopathy (UCO).
Graduating from the BSO in July 2003, Zubin started his career at an osteopathic practice in Teddington, and worked under a BSO tutor at a practice in Feltham. There he developed a particular interest in treating sports injuries, specifically knee and shoulder problems, as well as acute back and neck pain.
In October 2007, Zubin established the Sheen Therapy Centre. With a dedicated team of specialists, his South West London practice has expanded to offer a variety of holistic wellbeing and health treatments, including Foundation Training, the Perrin Technique, psychotherapy, therapeutic massage and reflexology. In addition, Zubin has developed his osteopathic skills by completing courses in Cranial Osteopathy and Myofascial Dry Needling, and more recently has trained in therapeutic kinesiology taping using Kinesio Tape, RockTape or Miracle Tape.
Zubin runs a general clinic from Monday to Saturday, treating a range of ailments in patients spanning all ages, from young adults to the elderly.
He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSc 5176) and the Institute Of Osteopathy.
Cranial Osteopathy [All Ages]
Days: Tue, Thurs.
Philippa Last has been working as an osteopath for the past 20 years. Since graduating from The British School of Osteopathy (BSO), now known as the University College of Osteopathy (UCO), she has wholeheartedly embraced professional life, working in established practices in London and implementing an NHS osteopathic service in Dulwich based in three GP surgeries.
Following a seven-year period building a practice in the Midlands, Philippa returned to London in November 2009, joining the team at Caroline Wells Osteopathy in Mortlake, as well as working at a practice in Victoria. Philippa joined Zubin and the team at Sheen Therapy Centre in 2012, and quickly built up a strong patient following based on her reputation. She has forged links with UCO, working as a clinical educator for the past 11 years, delivering lectures and supervising third- and fourth-year undergraduates while they assess and treat patients.
Philippa has a broad range of interests and specialities, including the treatment of work-related disorders and pregnancy-related back pain. She has comprehensive diagnostic and technical skills and uses a wide range of treatment approaches, including joint manipulation, articulation, deep soft-tissue massage and muscle-release work. Where appropriate, she also uses cranial osteopathic techniques, and particularly enjoys her work with babies and young children.
In 2016, she completed a PG Cert in Academic and Clinical Education, which has enhanced the skillset she can share with her students and patients.
Philippa is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSc 3513) and the Institute of Osteopathy.
Osteopathy & Classical
Cranial Sacral Osteopathy (Adults)
Days: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat.
Jonny Spadaccini trained for a Masters in Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and qualified with a distinction, following extensive NHS experience as an occupational therapist working in plastics and reconstructive surgery. He joined Zubin and Philippa at Sheen Therapy Centre in 2014 and has established himself as a key member of our team.
In addition to osteopathy (and occupational therapy), Jonny is a qualified craniosacral therapist and holds a qualification in Myofascial Dry Needling. He is a member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy, having completed postgraduate training with them, and keeps up to date with research and best practice by volunteering for the National Council of Osteopathic Research (NCOR). This work was recognised by the Institute of Osteopathy in 2016 and he was awarded a 'Highly Commended' prize at the annual conference.
When Jonny is not in practice at Sheen Therapy Centre, he is a clinical educator and osteopathic lecturer at the University College of Osteopathy (formally BSO), delivering lectures and supervising third- and fourth-year undergraduates while they assess and treat patients. He is currently studying for a PG Cert in Academic and Clinical Education.
Jonny is interested in all aspects of osteopathy and overall health, and uses a range of techniques to help you achieve your treatment goals and manage your symptoms, including osteopathy, cranial osteopathy and classical osteopathy, always ensuring a truly holistic, patient-centred approach.
He is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOSc 8764) and the Institute Of Osteopathy.
A long established local private healthcare centre offering Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Myofascial Dry Needling, Psychotherapy, Deep Tissue Sports Massage, Foundation Training, Rock Tape, Pregnancy Massage, and Reflexology.
We aim to offer a friendly, welcoming and professional service to new and existing clients alike. All our practitioners are fully registered and insured within their respective fields.
Monday - Friday 08.00 - 20.00
Saturdays 08.00 - 13.00
334 Upper Richmond Road West
East Sheen, London. SW14 7JR
Phone: 020 8878 2731