Carla graduated from the University of Sussex with a Biology degree, specialising in Biochemistry. She later trained in Osteopathy and Naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she gained a degree and Masters, and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Her post-graduate training includes Medical Acupuncture, Paediatrics and Cranial Osteopathy. Carla is also a Yoga Alliance UK qualified teacher, having completed her training with Stewart Gilchrist.
Carla has a particular interest in spinal conditions, paediatrics and shoulder problems. Most recently she has specialised in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal conditions, having worked alongside a spinal surgeon for the past 4 years. She uses a structural, naturopathic, and classical approach giving her patients the optimum treatment to aid in recovery. She has an understanding of how to treat the patient holistically, taking into account influencing factors such as biomechanics, lifestyle, dietary and habitual factors, before deciding on the treatment regime, allowing her to be a very effective and caring Osteopath.
Exercise is key in recovery and prevention from many musculoskeletal disorders. Carla uses many yoga based postures, meditation and breathing techniques as the basis for prescribing exercises for patients, as well as teaching private yoga sessions. Combining an osteopathic approach with the ancient practises of yoga allows for an optimum approach to healing. Yoga is is a meditative form of movement and the benefits to health are extensive. It comes from the word 'yoke' which means 'union', as in union of mind, body and spirit. This can be compared to the osteopathic 'triangle of health'. Good health depends on the balance between three key elements; the physical structure of the body, biochemical/nutritional requirements and a person's psychological well being.
Carla has particular interest in treating the shoulder and has worked in a clinic specialising in Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder), along with other shoulder problems. The shoulder joint is made up of four joints and eighteen muscles. It sacrifices stability for mobility, which leaves it vulnerable to injury. Carla uses neuromuscular techniques which target a series of trigger points in order to cause a neurological process to help regain normal range of movement and strength of the shoulder.
The subtle, gentle and non-intrusive technique used in cranial osteopathy works well with babies and children. It can help relax and ease babies suffering with sleeping problems, colic or constipation to name just a few.
Osteopathy can help children at any stage of their development. Babies and children respond well to treatment as the bones that form the skull have not yet fully fused and are therefore more mobile. This is what helps at birth, this subtle mobility allows the baby’s head to be pushed through the birth canal. However, it also leaves the bones in the head more vulnerable to stresses and strains during labour, especially when there has been use of ventouse or forceps. Although many resolve on their own, some might remain causing much discomfort. Techniques used in Cranial aim at identifying these specific stresses and strains so that they can then be released. Areas of tensions or pressure which are not treated can not only have a musculoskeletal /postural effect but also affect neurological development by affecting the cranial nerves, which are small nerves that stem from the brain and travel down to the rest of the body. These nerves help control the digestive system and muscles in the face. This is why babies often present with latching problems and digestive discomfort.
Treatment may take place at the head, base of the spine and abdomen depending on the presenting symptoms. It is not uncomfortable for children, they can be held by parents, be fed, talk to or play with toys during their session. It can be very difficult for mothers to travel when they have just had a baby and therefore an option of a home visit in London areas may be offered.