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What is osteopathy? Osteopathy was developed in the 19th century as
an alternative to medicine as it was then practiced.
It was originally
based on the manipulation of joints and bones to diagnose and treat illness.
In the US, training for osteopaths, who recieve the title DO, is now
similar to that of MDs (4 years of medical school + 3 years of residency)
and they are licensed to practice medicine and surgery in all 50 states.
There are 26 colleges of osteopathy in the US. With a couple of exceptions,
medical schools that train MDs do not train DOs.
See Wikipedia for more info.
Osteopath for new born and new mom
Do you have a recommendation for a good osteopathic doctor
(OD) who will be able to care for my new born (working on
his skull and skeleton, colic if any).
Also, if you have any OD recommendations for me, post-labor,
to help with my sacral region, that would be helpful.
El Cerrito/Berkeley/Oakland region.
I enthusiastically recommend Holly Edson. She worked on both
myself and my newborn daughter. I had a separated pubic
symphysis and my baby had uncomfortable gas, and she did
wonders for both of us and was very gentle. I was amazed at
her subtlety and effectiveness. I remember that she is very
committed to mothers and babies, and was also willing to
come to my home, which was hugely helpful. Here is her website:
Congratulations and Happy Healing~
Laura from Berkeley
I highly recommend Catherine Henderson on Solano Ave.
She was educated in Great Britain, but not all credentials are
accepted here. She is, however, very skilled and gentle with babies.
Took my baby to her after a traumatic birth and long hospital stay,
and prior to surgeries. Made a huge difference.
I highly recommend Catherine Henderson in Berkeley or Brian Esty in
San Francisco. Years of experience, an amazing touch,successful
outcomes.They are simply the best. What more can I say?
Osteopath for chronic neck and shoulder pain
I have chronic neck and shoulder pain and am looking for an osteopathic doctor,
preferably in Berkeley or Oakland. Thanks!
I've been seeing Michelle Veneziano, D.O. with good results. She is very skillful
and nurturing. She just closed her Berkeley practice, but is still seeing
patients in Mill Valley: (415) 924-7604.
She is referring her Berkeley patients to
Carmen Herring: (510) 526-5256, who I believe has an office on Solano Avenue. I
haven't yet seen her, but I intend to
Good luck to you
I see a wonderful Berkeley osteopath named Dr Runa Basu. She is in practice with
Katherine Henderson on Solano Ave. Dr. Basu is very skilled and very intuitive
about how to fix problems that other doctors cannot. She is also great with kids.
Her office is on Solano Ave. at Ensenada, around the corner from the Thai
restaurant. I;ve been to other osteopaths, and she's one of the best. Call her
today (526-5256) - she is popular and it can take a few weeks to get an appt.
Re: Alternative Treatment for Separated Shoulder
I'm not sure if your condition is the same but I injured both
shoulders, where the joints were not moving smoothly, such that
it was painful to raise my arms. The joints would also 'click' as
I moved them. I had an Osteopathic manipulation done by Dr. Basu
and the pain went away and the freedom of movement returned. My
understanding is that once you injure the joint, it is more
susceptible to re-injury. This was true in my case and the second
time I had to seek treatment, the improvement was not as
dramatic. Best of luck.
Runa Basu, DO
I have been breastfeeding for 7 months and have recently
started to feel pain in my right shoulder joint. At first, it
only hurt when I bent my shoulder a certain way - now it seems
to hurt all the time, even when I am trying to sleep. I read
the posts about tendonitis and several people recommended
seeing an osteopath. But the osteopath recommendations section
only focus on osteopaths for babies or children. Have any
mothers had good experiences with an osteopath for themselves?
It would be nice to find someone who is particularly
knowledgeable about the kind of strain a breastfeeding mother's
body faces. Preferably someone in the Berkeley area. Thanks!
I'll be interested to see who people recommend in the East Bay -
- in fact, if you've gotten any recommendations offline, I'd
appreciate it if you could forward them to me.
Having said that, if you can't find anyone in the East Bay, I
would highly recommend Hennie Sholars over in SF (29 29th
Street). I went to her for severe back pain and she was
absolutely wonderful! Her work is both subtle and powerful --
she'd do these very gentle manipulations which somehow seemed
to realign my whole body -- I could almost feel everything
settling back where it belonged! Unfortunately, her location
is inconvenient for those who live in the East Bay, but I've
found her to be well worth the trip!
We've used an osteopath in San Francisco for a bunch of adult
things as well as for our kids. Theresa Hong is FANTASTIC--
people fly in to see her... She has cured my husband's 15-year
battle with repetitive stress in his arm, I had a bunch of post-
partum things, including nursing shoulder that are totally
fixed, she has fixed our neighbors repetitive motion strains
from sewing, I had a fall and had a damaged ACL (?) in my knee
that is now totally better... Love this woman. Theresa Hong,
(415) 673-2771, 2041 Polk Street, 1/2 block south of Broadway.
Dr. Stephanie Nani is a great osteopath. After my sessions
with her, I feel like I understand my body in a different and
more relaxed way. I highly recommend calling her and seeing
what she has to say about your shoulder. Her number is
Re: Where can I get craniosacral massage?
You can't beat Catherine Henderson --she's an osteopath, but I understand that it's
similar to Craeo-sacral work--for infants. She helped our (then 2 month old) son
out immesurably after a fall. I understand she has a huge waiting list,
but I also know she will see infants fairly quickly if there has been a birth (or other)
trauma. Good luck!
My family will be moving to the Wanut Creek area from out of
state in a few months and I am hoping to find a good osteopath
for my family in the general area. I have read the posts but
wanted to see if there were other recommendations. Ideally, I
would love to find an osteopath covered by health insurance. I
am not sure what insurance we will have, but this would
definitely sway my decision if I knew it had osteopaths in it's
policy. I would also like to hear any recommendations for
rolfers in the area as well.
There are several osteopaths around; the only one I know
is Theresa Hong on Polk Street in SF 415 - 673 - 2771.
I'm looking for a recommendation for an osteopathic
doctor and/or physiotrist to help me with my chronic
back pain and numbess. I'm running out of people/methods
to try and getting exhasperated witht the chronic pain
and tingling in my upper back and arms. I don't know
how it originated several years ago, but it is uncomfortable
to hold my 10 month old daughter, which saddens me. I've
tried accupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractors. If
you know of anyone in the Berkeley area, the recommendations
would be much appreciated. Thank you.
I have had chronic pain for 3 yrs. I have fibromyalgia.
I sympathize greatly. There is a oestopath named Micheal
Salveson who my father uses regulary and I tried a physiatrist
at Alta Bates who helped not at all. I do believe in
Orthobionomy, there are a few on Solano Ave in Berkeley.
I think it is time for me to go again. I have never
been to them personally, the ortho's but I trained in
it and know how well it works and a friend went to one
of them and was impressed. Good luck. Have you tried
a rhuemitologist for a dio?
I just received a referral to Dr. Maude Nermann, an
Osteopath who is located at Larkspur Landing, just over
the Richmond/San Rafael bridge. I haven't seen her yet,
but Christine Ciaravella, a homeopath in Albany, speaks
very highly of her. Dr. Nermann's phone number is 415-924-7604. Another
option for chronic back pain is seeing a Rolffer, if you can handle deep
tissue massage. I see a Rolffer who is also a licensed physical
therapist. He does wonders for my chronic upper back and neck pain, and
because he is a physical therapist you may be able to get some insurance
coverage. His name is Patrick Hannum, his number is 524-6422, and he is
located at 4th and
Gilman in Berkeley. If East Oakland is more convenient
for you (out 580), you might be able to get an appointment
with Art Riggs. He is one of the top Rolffers around,
and is Patrick's mentor. I saw Art a few times, and he
referred me to Patrick because of the better location
for me and because of insurance coverage. Art's number
Re: Craniosacral for fibromyalgia
Cranialosacral bodywork has helped my mother with her
fibromyalgia tremendously. Most chronic illnesses respond
to more than one type of treatment at the same time. If you
can find an osteopath in your hmo, that might be worth
Osteopath's are Md's that also include alternative
medicine/practices in their work. You get the best of both
worlds. Unfortunately, even in the East Bay, finding an
osteopath that is covered by health insurance isn't easy.
There is a good osteopath on Telegraph and Prince (I think).
Her office is parallel to the Blue Oak Therapy center. You
could call or stop by and ask them what health insurance
Does anyone have experience, positive or negative with:
Osteopath Catherine Henderson especially dealing with children's issues?
Thanks very much.
Is her name spelled Katherine? I am quite sure I know who you
are referring too. She is from England. If so, I had a marvelous experience
with her. My son was born on 12-11-98, he had a difficult delivery, his
Agpar score was 1. They used suction on him 7 times, they would have done
a C section on me if he hadn't come out on the 7th try. Anyway he had a
large contusion on his head, was on an IV and was pretty quiet. My doula
recommended Katherine. She came to the ICU unit at Alta Bates on Saturday
evening (he was born early Friday mornnig), and probably spent 15-30
minutes with him. It was interesting! I had to hold him (the nurses were very
leary of anyone else holding him) and she placed her hands under his belly for
a couple of minutes and then did the same on his head. She said that she
could feel alot of the stress/energy being held in his stomach area and
was able to "release" that. Anyway there was a remarkable difference in
his movement the next morning. He was not as listless, his eyes were much
more alert and on Sunday evening they took the IV out and I was able to start
breastfeeding. She gave him one more session about 3-4 days later before we
left the hospital. Krystyn
We took our daughter to Catherine Henderson after getting her
recommended highly from several people--one who said that her baby's
blocked tear duct problem went away after one visit. We went for both a blocked
tear duct as well as to help our daughter's flat head problem. Indeed, my
daughter's blocked tear duct did seem to disappear after 2 visits--it's
hard to say whether or not this was directly from Catherine, but we're
still taking our daughter to her and it seems to be a good thing. Her flat head
is still somewhat flat, but so it goes. . .We like Catherine and more
importantly our daughter seems to respond well.
I used her for both my children in their early years, and
highly recommend her. the first time was for some mild birth trauma
my older daughter suffered from a c-section birth, and I felt her
treatment made a real difference. the second time was when my 2nd
daughter was getting ear infections with every cold. I took her to
Catherine for 4 treatments, and she never got another ear infection, now 7
years later! She was great to deal with and wonderful with both my
I brought my 2 year old to Catherine for cranial sacral work
related to ear infections and had a positive experience with her and good
results over time. She's got good hands and training.
Has had anyone had any experience with an osteopath, Katherine Henderson,
and the use of cranial therapy to treat recurrent ear infections in an
infant? This was recommended to me by Christine at the Hahnemann Clinic.
I can highly recommend Catherine Henderson who's office is in Walnut Square
in Berkleley. Phone:464-1370. My 8 year old son who had cronic ear infections
and short term partial hearing loss has gotten alot of help from Catherine.
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