Osteopathy

Karen Willis

Karen is experienced in treating a range of patients – including office/desk-workers, pregnant women, the elderly, dancers, athletes, babies and children.

She obtained a First Class Honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine, plus Diplomas in Naturopathy and Osteopathy from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was also awarded a prize for Natural Therapeutics.

During the four years that Karen spent studying Osteopathy and Naturopathy, she worked as a Natural Remedies adviser, and practiced Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage.

Since qualifying as an Osteopath and Naturopath, she has completed further training in Medical Acupuncture (dry needling), Cranial Osteopathy (Sutherland Cranial College), and Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). For more information on these additional therapies please see www.karenwillis.net.

Karen originally trained as a Biochemist at the University of Edinburgh. During this period she became deeply interested in the field of complementary medicine. Following some years of research into cancer, genetic disorders and disease diagnostics, her interest in natural therapeutics led her to pursue a career in the healing sciences.

Karen is a member of the General Osteopathic Council, British Osteopathic Association, General Council and Register of Naturopaths, British Naturopathic Association and is President of the UK chapter of the International College of Applied Kinesiology.

Pantelis Xenophontos

Pantelis qualified from the British School of Osteopathy with a Master’s degree in Osteopathy.

In addition to this, Pantelis has a Sports Massage diploma and is trained in Medical Acupuncture.

Pantelis has a sports background as he grew up playing football at a semi-professional level, and he thrives in the gym environment as he is able to work very closely with personal trainers. He also trained with British champions in the Escrima Philippino martial art system for four years.

His treatment utilises a structural approach involving massage, manipulation, mobilization, neuromuscular techniques, medical acupuncture and rehabilitation exercises. The treatment is tailored to each individual and is supported with advice on posture, lifestyle, nutrition and exercise. This clinical advice aims to help his patients understand the nature of their problems so that they can return to their everyday activities as soon as possible, and prevent further injury.

Pantelis treats many people suffering from work-related injuries. Occupational injuries can be caused by poor ergonomics, manual handling of heavy loads, misuse or failure of equipment, repetitive movements, and particularly, unsuitable posture. He can advise on correct posture and back care and also recommend preventative exercises.

Pantelis is a member of the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), British Osteopathic Association (BOA) and the Osteopathic Sports Care Association (OSCA).

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its main emphasis on the structure and function of the body. In 1993 Osteopathy became the first major complementary healthcare profession to be accorded statutory recognition under the 1993 Osteopaths Act.

Osteopathy is based on the simple concept that if the structure of the body is in trouble the body itself cannot function properly. It is a way of assessing and treating damaged parts of the body in tissues 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 degree of wear, stress and energy, thereby reducing pain and disability and leaving more energy for living.

For Whom is Osteopathy Suitable?

Osteopaths treat people of all ages and backgrounds. The techniques that the osteopath uses depend on the patient and the presenting condition. For example, the approach towards a 25-year-old rugby player will be very different to that for an 85-year-old arthritic pensioner or a pregnant woman.

Will Osteopathy Help Me?

Osteopaths look at the body to understand how it functions in order to discover what’s going wrong, and the best way to fix it. Most people think of osteopaths as spinal specialists. However, although the spine is very important, the body is more than just a spine. 50% of people with back pain actually have mechanical problems affecting their spines, which originate in the arms, legs, head or internal organs.

Although osteopathy is best known for the treatment of back pain, many other conditions can be helped. Conditions that can be treated by osteopathy include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Postural strain
  • Disc injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Frozen and stiff shoulders
  • Arm and leg pains
  • Tennis elbow
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Hip and knee problems
  • Ankle and foot problems
  • Trapped nerves
  • Strains and sprains
  • Arthritic pain and stiffness
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular strains
  • Structural problems in pregnancy
  • Childhood problems

The Initial Consultation: What to Expect

The initial consultation with an osteopath includes taking a full medical case history, a thorough physical assessment and evaluation. This is then followed by treatment. Each treatment will be tailored to the individual patient and presenting problem, and will be re-assessed at each visit. The treatment may include soft-tissue techniques, cranial osteopathy and articulatory techniques to free the joints, acupuncture/dry needling, and/or spinal manipulation (often producing the ‘click’).

Patients have complete choice in treatment techniques applied. Once the treatment is over it is likely that some form of advice will be given and a rehabilitation programme may be advised. Further visits may be necessary but the practitioner will be able to advise on this after assessing the body’s reaction to the first treatment.

Booking Information

If you would like more information or to book an appointment, please contact Karen Willis or Pantelis Xenophontos directly. See below for contact details.

Treatment Fees

The initial 45 minute consultation, which includes treatment, costs £80. Subsequent treatments are £55 for 30 minutes.

Contact Details: Karen Willis

Contact Details: Pantelis Xenophontos

Location

Clinic Central is located just off Upper Street in the heart of Islington, North London.

This is within easy reach of Angel, King’s Cross, Clerkenwell, The Barbican and The City, and within a couple of miles of Holloway, Camden, Kentish Town, Bloomsbury and Holborn.

 

Please note: These therapists are independent of Pilates Central.