Deryck Breinburg has been involved with the practice for 28 years. He trained at the British School of Osteopathy and qualified in 1989. Deryck, a biochemistry graduate, worked in medical research before training as an osteopath. He has a wealth of experience in the treatment and management of musculo-skeletal disorders.
Deryck is registered with several Health Insurance companies. If you wish to claim treatment please check with your insurance company prior to consultation.
Many people ask what attracted me to Osteopathy. From an early age I was fascinated by nature and spent many a summers evening in the garden concocting various lotions and potions from petals, leaves and mud; then applying them to my family, friends and pets to make them “feel better”. Luckily they all survived! This interest in nature developed into a love of science and the desire to help others developed into a wish for a career in health care. After a few years working in the city, I started to investigate various alternative therapies. At an open day at one of the Osteopathic schools, I was completely hooked; Osteopathy seemed to offer just whatI was looking for. So I embarked on a 4 year Osteopathy degree at the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 2000.
After graduating, I joined the Complementary Health Centre in Lee. It was here that I developed my interest and experience in Cranial Osteopathy. A couple of years later I opened my own practice in Beckenham. I currently work from both practices which are very family orientated, serving the local communities caring for newborn babies, their siblings, parents and grandparents. I have also worked for a number of years in a NHS funded GP practice and taught and examined Osteopathic technique at the European School of Osteopathy.
Over the past few years I have been continuing to study and develop my skills and experience of Osteopathy in the cranial field, attending many courses, particularly those run by the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy. I am proud to say that I have successfully gained Fellowship of the College having completed their comprehensive postgraduate pathway in cranial osteopathic education. Since having a family myself, I have become particularly interested in the treatment of women during and after their pregnancy and the treatment of babies and children. I have completed many obstetric and paediatric post graduate courses to reflect my interest.
I love Osteopathy. I feel privileged to help my patients find health and well-being.
Helen graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) with an integrated Masters degree in Osteopathy. Before pursuing her Osteopathic career, Helen’s second career choice was midwifery. Throughout her Osteopathic training, she maintained her interest in Women’s Health and is now studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Health at the prestigious Molinari Institute of Health.
Helen combines a variety of osteopathic techniques, including cranial, visceral and mechanical adjustments, as well as some medical acupuncture, to treat patients of all ages and backgrounds, including elderly and maternity patients, as she feels that Osteopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for everyone at any stage in life. In her spare time, Helen likes to bake and play hockey, having played at a national standard for the under 21s side.
Previously known as Helen Reeves
Graduated from The British School of Osteopathy in 1991.
Graduated from The British College of Acupuncture in 1994.
I have worked in a wide variety of clinical settings, from sports clinics and athletic care of elite sportsmen through to General Osteopathic practice and specialist infant and mother clinics.
Areas of special interest:
Pre and post-operative rehabilitation.
Trauma/overuse injuries of peripheral joints, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and hand.
Injury prevention and performance in sports and performing arts.
Pregnancy,newborn and infant.
James Britton D.O, Lic Ac
I have been practising Osteopathy for 16 years since I qualified in 2000 with a First Class Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine and a Diploma in Naturopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hampstead, north London, where I also tutored for a few years after graduation. I have worked at the Complementary Health Centre for over 15 years as well as other practices in north London. Prior to that I was a State Registered Nurse at The Royal London Hospital.
I was attracted by the whole person approach of osteopathy after being part of the work force in orthodox medicine in which patient care is compartmentalised according to the nature of their complaints. I found satisfaction in being free to consider a patient’s symptoms in the context of their whole body and life style, and treat accordingly. I have never lost the thrill of hearing a patient say how much better they feel, often after just one or two sessions!
My philosophy is where there is life there is hope, and unless contra-indicated, osteopathic treatment can nearly always bring about an improved sense of well being and increased ease of movement, if not a cessation of symptoms as is the case in chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
As well as muscle and joint problems, I also treat abdominal discomfort and digestive problems. I welcome people of all ages from school-aged children to the elderly. Post-operative patients following joint surgery or those who have been hospitalised for a long time and have stiff or weak muscles through inactivity can be greatly helped by osteopathy. I also treat pregnant women with low back and pelvic pain.
Additionally I see patients with no specific symptoms, but who experience the all pervasive feeling of being out of sorts as a result of poor posture and lack of exercise. Many of these have office-based jobs and I am able to give them ergonomic advice on office furniture, how best to arrange their work stations and advise on convenient exercises which can be done during working hours and don’t involve lying down or wearing special clothes.
I treat people who have voice problems and sometimes difficulty swallowing associated with tight musculature around the larynx. These include people who have a heavy vocal workload such as singers, actors, teachers, and also those who have had surgery of the throat and certain throat pathologies.
I am a member of the Voice Clinic team at Lewisham Hospital, where I have gained a good deal of experience in this field, working alongside Jacob Lieberman who is a leading expert in laryngeal manipulation, ENT surgeons and speech therapists. I lecture speech therapists on the role of palpation in assessing voice problems.
My other passion is being in the great outdoors, coastal-path walking, and open air swimming, and I’m rarely happier than when shovelling barrow loads of manure on to my allotment! I have an ongoing project converting my once derelict 1930’s semi into an energy-efficient home with solar panels, wood- burning stove, heat-recovery system and a rain harvesting tank that supplies water to the toilets and the washing machine.
My yearning to be a doctor/surgeon was changed after a chance visit to The British School of Osteopathy in the early 70’s. I graduated from the BSO in 1976 and went on to practice in central London, Kent, Buckinghamshire and Cambridge over the next 10 years . I returned to BSO as a Clinical tutor from 1977-1982.
I have been working at Complementary Health Centre as an Osteopath for 29 years and have also taught Pilates/ Remedial exercise classes in our studio for 18 years. My passion for exercise and prevention of injury has helped patients and non-patients to improve their Posture,strength and flexibility and likelihood of symptoms recurring. An interest in Dance led to me working at The Urdang Ballet School (1986-1988) and at Laban School of Dance (2011-2013) where I was assessing young dancers and where I developed a love of analysis of foot mechanics and how crucial this is to general posture.
I began working within the NHS 2 years ago with The Lewisham Hospital Voice Clinic as part of a small team of ENT Surgeons and Speech therapists . Osteopathic treatment of the neck and larynx can help with vocal dysfunction and I also see patients at CHC……often Singers/Actors /people with heavy vocal use or following surgery on the larynx.
Patients come for treatment with a wide variety of Musculo/Skeletal complaints. Acute and chronic joint injuries,degenerative and more acute disc problems and Post Surgery Rehabilitation ie joint Replacement . Being able to assess,diagnose and treat people holistically has and continues to be immensely rewarding .Prevention of further injury via gentle Pilates and postural awareness is also a major part of my treatment.
As I have lived in Blackheath 29 years I have established good links in the community and with local GP practices and when not working am happiest when out on a long walk .
“I’ve been seeing Nikki for help with various different injuries for 20 years now and she’s helped me hugely. I originally saw Nikki for a long-term back problem which she helped solve permanently and that was life-changing for me. Nikki is highly skilled, professional and sympathetic – I can’t recommend her highly enough.” Duncan – long term patient
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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment that focuses on the structural integrity of the whole body. When the body is correctly aligned, the systems within work more efficiently with the minimum of wear, stress and use of energy, which may reduce pain and disability, and help to bring about a sense of well-being.
A subtle form of touch known as palpation is used to detect muscular strain, tissue congestion, and to assess quality of movement in the spine and other joints. Various manual techniques are employed which may relieve pain and stiffness, relax tense muscles and help to stimulate the circulation, the lymphatics and the nervous system. These include spinal manipulation, stretching and moving joints through their range of motion, and gentle pressures and stretches of soft tissues.
In addition to the treatment we aim to help each patient understand his problem, appreciate why it has occurred and provide him with strategies to speed recovery and help prevent further episodes occurring. These might include exercises, advice on posture, correct breathing, relaxation, positioning at work stations or dietary changes.
What conditions may be seen by an Osteopath?
Osteopathy is widely recognised for its success in treating patients with low back pain,
but may also be effective for patients with a variety of other symptoms/conditions such as:
Postural re-education and ergonomic assessment are an integral part of osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathy is also suitable for those who do not have any specific pains but feel they are developing a poor posture and are generally unfit due to a sedentary job and lack of exercise. The hands-on treatment helps people to become aware of areas of tightness and tension that they have come to consider as normal, and how they might be using their own body incorrectly.
Who is osteopathy suitable for?
Everyone! Osteopathy may help babies, children, adults, the elderly or disabled , pregnant women as well as athletes.
What happens when I see an Osteopath?
On your first appointment a case history will be taken and a physical assessment performed. As part of the physical examination, you may be asked to remove some outer clothing and do a few simple movements. This will provide an overall impression of your posture and build, and highlight areas of stiffness and pain. After a thorough assessment, the Osteopath will explain what he or she believes to be causing your symptoms and will proceed to your first treatment. Problems that have been going on for several months or years are likely to need a series of treatments over several weeks, whereas those which have just developed can often be resolved with one or two treatments.
Cranial Osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment to encourage the release of tension in the body. This is accomplished by the application of gentle pressure to the head and body and it is suitable for people of all ages, including babies and children. This approach can also be used when treating joint and back pain resulting from postural changes and softening ligaments associated with pregnancy.
Cranial Osteopathy is a safe and gentle treatment suitable for children and babies. Osteopaths do not treat specific conditions but aim to encourage balance within the body to improve well being. Such gentle manipulation could help soothe and relax babies.