GENTLE TECHNIQUES

relief from pain
Effective at all stages of life –
from newborns through to old age

SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

Gentle techniques work to give lasting relief from pain, improving everyday activities and enhancing performance in sport and creative arts.

Ben Colyer works at the gentle end of the osteopathic spectrum often using cranial osteopathy and  similar techniques as a safe and effective alternative to joint manipulation. He has eighteen years experience and trained at the British School of Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

People with sensitive systems, often find they have no negative treatment reactions with this type of osteopathy.

Many people who come to see Ben are relieved to find that there is very little pulling and pushing and yet their pain resolves leaving them feeling better and looser than they have done in a long while.

APPOINTMENTS AND COVID-19

I am continuing to work during lockdowns both with existing clients, and taking on new clients.  My professional body advise that osteopaths are in the category of essential health worker and therefore are expected to continue working.

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Appointments take place in my clinic rooms in Henley and Prestwood; or I can still make home visits if required.
I am committed to keeping the practice and everyone who enters it safe.
Before and after consultations in Henley a full regime of airing and cleaning takes place.
On arrival hand sanitizer is provided and both patient and osteopath wear masks. Windows are kept open during the treatment. Patients are asked to bring their own pillow and blanket if needed.
In appointments for children, the parents wear a mask and the child only if old enough to do so. Parents are asked to bring toys to entertain children with, as toys are no longer kept in the Henley practice.
Patients must not come if they have any symptoms associated with Covid 19 or are cohabiting with, or have met anyone with Covid 19 in the last 2 weeks. I will of course inform patients if the same applies to me.
For Prestwood protocols please see the Prestwood clinic website as there are some differences due to increased practice size and staff numbers.
Vicki
Mother of twins

Ben is a skilled and intuitive osteopath with a sensitive approach to his clients and a focussed approach to his work. I am amazed at how much he can perceive through his light touch treatment and how effective the results can be.

Cynthia
Full-time carer

I can’t adequately explain how much Ben has helped me during the last 12 months of regular visits to him. I suffer from osteoarthritis and tinnitus and always leave his surgery feeling restored and energised and ready to return to everyday life. I call his surgery my oasis of calm. I highly recommend you use the services of Ben and see the improvement in your well-being first hand.

Pam
Former back pain sufferer

Having suffered with lower back pain for about 10 years, Ben was recommended to me by a friend. With his expert knowledge and gentle touch, my back pain ceased after four sessions and this has made such a difference to my quality of life – I haven’t felt this good for years! I now see Ben every 3 months for ‘general maintenance’. I highly recommend him.

 

Vicki
Mother of twins

My twins were born naturally, the first with venteuse and the second with forceps.  Cranial osteopathy was recommended to relieve any pressure the girls had experienced from the lengthy labour and birth.  The results were incredible, two results most markedly.  The first was within six weeks of their birth.  Asha has been struggling to breast feed and after a single treatment she was able to widen her jaw making breast feeding much easier for her and more comfortable for me.

The second most impressive result was the release of tension in her legs after she was a year old.  As the second twin she was in the womb longer than Sophia and she experienced not only her own birth but Sophia’s birth too.  I imagine during Sophia’s birth she felt squashed by the contractions with no passage out as that was blocked by her sister.  Prior to Ben’s treatment she wouldn’t allow anything to cover her legs, blankets, cushions etc. resulting in more than the usual sleepless nights, especially when it was cold.  She also didn’t like being tickled and was very insistent about me firmly rubbing her legs before she went to sleep, directing my hands to where the pressure was required.  After three of Ben’s treatments she was not only ticklish, but pulling the duvet over herself before she went to sleep and she was also significantly less insistent on me rubbing her legs.   

Ben is a skilled and intuitive osteopath with a sensitive approach to his clients and a focussed approach to his work.  I am amazed at how much he can perceive through his light touch treatment and how effective the results can be.  Asha now tells me when she wants to see Ben because she has ‘hurt legs or feet’.

Emily
First-time mother

I have taken Ellie for two courses of treatment with Ben since she was born. At 4 months, she was suffering from what appeared to be digestion pain and cried a lot. Ben linked this back to when she had to have a stomach pump just after birth as well as what he explained are common birth stresses. Later, a combination of factors including early walking, a spinal tap and a head injury led to her complaining about discomfort in her feet and legs, expressed particularly by writhing about at night. At 16 months, I took Ellie back to see Ben and through gentle treatment, he has made her much more comfortable and relaxed, and her night episodes have cleared up.

 

Katie
Mother of two children helped by Ben

Ben is an absolute ‘must have’ in my contact list and I recommend him without hesitation. He helped my eldest daughter, aged 7, who suffered with fluid in her ears – she couldn’t hear us talking at a normal volume whilst standing right behind her. After 6 sessions with Ben the fluid had completely drained without the need for surgery to have grommets fitted. She subsequently passed a perfect hearing test at the RBH. Two years on her ears are still absolutely fine. My youngest daughter started losing her hair in March 2020, aged 4. Within a few weeks she had a 6cm diameter circular bald patch on her scalp. We applied steroid cream for 2 months but the bald patch just kept growing. I asked Ben to help and after just 2 sessions I could see tiny hair growth. About 10 sessions later Ben finished her treatment. By then she had strong hair growth covering the whole area and it is still growing strong now. I can’t recommend Ben highly enough. He is highly experienced, exceptional yet understated, thorough and professional. He maintains strict Covid compliant cleanliness standards and won’t continue treatment any longer than is necessary.

Katie

Madeleine
I have a long history of back pain with severe congenital scoliosis and I have sought out the very best Cranial Osteopaths in London and Bath. I was anxious when I had to move to Oxfordshire but I was amazed and delighted to find Ben Colyer in Henley-on-Thames. Ben is one of the very best Cranial Osteopaths I have ever been lucky enough to work with. My back has gone from strength to strength and I have even been able to take up gardening, something I never imagined my back could endure. I have introduced a number of friends to Ben for back and hip issues and they are all delighted by the results of his treatments. We all have a huge respect for Ben’s ability as a Cranial Osteopath as well as really appreciating him as a wonderful and kind person.
Tony
Father

Having tried various things we were at a loss as to how we could relieve our son’s hearing and breathing problems with sleepless nights. We called Ben and after a very friendly and informal consultation suggested a course of action on which we agreed. The course was a success in bringing our son’s hearing back to normal levels and allowing him to breathe again through his nose after two years of suffering. It also meant he didn’t have to have surgery and got the all clear by the hospital. It was a great relief to our 5-year old, and a lot less sleepless nights for us. We would happily recommend this drug-free remedy to other parents whose children are suffering from ENT related problems.

Amanda
Mother

Both my children have had cranial osteopathy sessions with Ben Colyer.  My son was treated at around 18 months for persistant night waking and crying, as we suspected from his behavior he was uncomfortable in some way.  My daughter was treated at 6 weeks old as she was a fretful baby, paritcularly in the evenings and was very difficult to settle. His quiet and patient approach put the children at ease and a significant improvement was noted in both cases.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Ben.

Graham
Gardener

I have been receiving treatment from Ben for tension headaches. The treatment I received has been very helpful. My problem is now much improved. I found Ben very friendly and understanding and will always consult him in the future when needed.

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