ANDY MANSFIELD ~ Osteopathy
BSc(Hons) Ost., DO., PGDip(OCA)
Experienced Osteopath. Special Interest: Cranial Osteopathy
Andy graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2003. He has been running his own multidisciplinary clinic since 2008.
Andy initially trained as an electromechanical engineer in the Royal Navy. His engineering training gave him a deep passion for understanding how things work. He brings this insight of integrated systems into his work with the human body. If one piece of equipment in a ship is broken it has a knock-on effect on the working efficiency of the whole ship. The human body works in much the same way, both emotionally and physically. We can’t have a physical injury without emotional change and vice-versa.
Andy practices a broad spectrum of techniques and approaches, addressing more than just the mechanical parts of the patients' pattern. His approach ranges from direct structural techniques to increase movement locally, to more subtle cranial osteopathy to influence the whole. Andy has experience treating pregnant women, babies and children, and he is qualified to treat animals, especially horses and dogs.
With more than a decade of experience in osteopathy Andy has used his skills to mentor a number of young osteopaths working in his clinic. He also teaches anatomy, philosophical principles of bodywork, and technique to osteopaths and other body workers. He teaches across Europe as an international lecturer for the Osteopathie Schule Deutschland.
Andy has a strong background in martial arts and yoga. He started out with Tai Chi and Aikido before marrying a yogini and becoming immersed in the yoga world. He now practices in London and at home with his wife (who, after 25 years of yoga practice, says, that despite not being trained as a yoga teacher, his understanding of the body means he gives some of the best yoga adjustments she’s ever had, and some of the most helpful guidance in how to approach a yoga practice).
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths use a wide range on hands-on physical techniques to achieve a release in the tissues of the body so that natural fluid motion and vitality are restored to both structure (the body) and function (how we inhabit the body). Osteopathy approaches the whole body through contact between patient and practitioner. Osteopathic techniques range from simple movement of the joints and gentle integrative stretches, to more subtle hold and release techniques. These manual therapy approaches are based on philosophical principles, developed in the 19th century by Andrew Taylor Still, of whole body unity and the reciprocal relationship between structure and function. Consequently, osteopathy can treat a broad range of complaints, from simple musculoskeletal pain to supporting a person through a process of change and healing. Treatment is therefore tailored to an individual’s needs at the time they are treated.
Osteopaths train full-time for a minimum of four years. Osteopathy in the UK is regulated by statute, therefore, to legally use the title ‘osteopath’, practitioners must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
Prices and Availability :
Adult Initial 60min assessment: £45
Adult follow up 45min appointment: £40
Child Initial 60min assessment: £35
Child follow up 45min appointment: £35