About Debra Stackwood

Osteopathy and Pilates in ArundelOsteopath and Pilates Teacher in Arundel, West Sussex

Both Osteopathy and Pilates work to improve the structure and function of the body.

People typically come to me because they are in pain and/or because they cannot do the things they want to do.

If I could only list 3 things that my patients come away with, they would be: a positive movement experience, which gives you greater confidence in your body and its abilities, and a deeper understanding of pain and its relationship to mobility.

A positive movement experience is movement that aims to reduce pain.  My ambition is to make movement an enjoyable experience regardless of what problems you have.

There are relatively few Osteopaths who have also trained as Pilates teachers.  Fewer still have trained on Pilates equipment and will work with you on a 1:1 basis, as I do.  Working with you 1:1 enables me to focus on your individual needs, something that I would not be able to do in a class.   The two disciplines complement each other well.

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Osteopathy gives me an in-depth understanding of the anatomy of the body and what can go wrong.  It has enabled me to have a skilled hands-on approach to treatment.  For your body to work well and be pain free, its structure must also work well.  Osteopaths use a variety of touch-based techniques to make desirable structural changes to your body.  Whether these structural changes are improving the movement and alignment in the joints of the spine, or reducing spasm in a muscle, the Osteopath is looking to improve function.

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Pilates is a form of exercise which combines trunk or core stability with flowing movements, co-ordination and balance.  Most of the equipment uses springs and these can be used either to assist you in a movement or to provide some resistance.  There are a variety of springs, giving different strength and resistance.  This means it is very easy to grade exercise, so that a patient is always working at a level appropriate for them.  Pilates is perfect for rehabilitating all sorts of injuries.  It is also very portable; the skills you learn in the Pilates studio really can transfer to every day movements.  The positive movement experience that Pilates creates is extremely beneficial in cases of chronic pain, and other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis.

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