Osteopathy can treat all ages from new-borns to the elderly and is a patient centred manual therapy that may be helpful in treating a wide range of conditions such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, all joint pain, whiplash and soft tissue injury. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. Osteopaths will use different techniques such as; soft tissue therapy with manipulation and adjustment; lymphatic drainage; myofascial release, visceral and cranial sacral osteopathy.
We offer two types of Osteopathy at reCentre Health, Traditional Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy.
Traditional Osteopathy is a hands on therapy treating many musculoskeletal conditions including many of the techniques above and focuses on the body as a whole.
Cranial Osteopathy is a different type of treatment and is very gentle and subtle and is often very effective for babies. Although gentle, cranial treatment is extremely effective and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages. For information about Cranial Osteopathy, visit our Cranial Osteopathy Page
You can book your Osteopathy appointment online below. For information about making a claim for treatment through your Private Medical Insurance, please visit our Private Medical Insurance Page
CHRISTOPHER GAIA BSC (HONS) OST
Christopher is an experienced Osteopath who has practiced in Balham for many years. You probably already know someone local who has visited him. He has expertise in conventional Osteopathy as well as Cranial Osteopathy and Western Medical Acupuncture. This varied approach enables him to treat a wide range of ailments and a wide range of people, from babies through to the elderly.
Christopher qualified from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 with an Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine, a Diploma in Osteopathy and a Diploma in Naturopathy. He completed Cranial Osteopathy training levels 1, 2 and 3 soon after. He is also qualified to perform Western Medical Acupuncture and has to prescribe orthotics (tailor made shoe inserts to balance the body).
He has recently completed his Masters in Stress & Pain Management.
Chris is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, WPA and others.
ALEXANDER HOOPER M.OST LSSM DIP
Alex Hooper is a registered osteopath and sports massage therapist who has been at reCentre since 2012.
Alex worked as a fitness instructor while studying sport science and advanced exercise instruction before going on to study sports massage at The London School of Sports Massage.
He worked in a clinical setting providing massage therapy for over 6 years before deciding to become an osteopath, graduating with a Master's degree from The
British School of Osteopathy.
Alex has field experience working alongside physiotherapists at Tooting and Mitcham Football club and with the osteopath for Oxford University men's rowing team; he has also worked on set as an osteopath for film production companies, looking after the cast and crew members.
Alex provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment plans for a number of musculoskeletal based complaints, as well as providing sports and remedial massage for relief of general aches and pains. Clinically, his main interests are in clinical communication, pain and injuries related to physical activities.
Alex currently works at reCentre Wednesday to Saturday while completing a part-time Masters degree in Sport Rehabilitation at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
PAIGE KERN M.OST
Paige graduated from Surrey Institute of Osteopathic medicine (SIOM) in 2017 with a first class honours M’Ost degree. Paige’s love for helping others and improving their quality of life is the main reason she became an Osteopath. She is very passionate about Osteopathy and is keen to make a difference.
Paige enjoys treating patients from all walks of life and adopts a structural, holistic approach to all of her patients. Her treatment is patient centred and involves using a wide variety of techniques including soft tissue massage, joint manipulations, articulations, muscle energy techniques, and stretching in order to help relieve pain and improve functioning. She also looks at your overall wellbeing and provides advice on how you can prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Before training to become an Osteopath, Paige was an International swimmer, training over 4 hours a day and competing for London GB on a number of occasions. Having a long history in sport and being an athlete herself, Paige understands the need for all parts of the body to be fully functioning and in optimal condition in order for one to be at their best. This knowledge has helped her treat a number of athletes and runners competing in the London marathon, where she has volunteered for CRY Charity on a number of occasions.
Paige believes it is important to lead an active lifestyle and regularly partakes in swimming, Pilates and rock climbing.
She is qualified in dry needling, sports massage and APPI Matwork Pilates. She is fully insured and registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Paige is keen to expand her knowledge and plans to incorporate some additional qualifications into her skill set in the upcoming year.
MARCIA HUGALL BSC (HONS) OST, MSC PAED. OST
Marcia Hugall is a fully qualified, GSoC registered osteopath. She became a MSc in Paediatric Osteopathy in 2009 and has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy.
Marcia has lectured at the both the British School of Osteopathy and the London School of Osteopathy. She is also a member of the Cranial Academy, a branch of the American Academy of Osteopathy, having carried out post-graduate study in the USA.
Marcia is a registered osteopath with BUPA, AXA PPP and other private medical insurance companies.
RUTH LEVITAN M.OST
Ruth is one of our resident Paediatric Osteopaths. With over 20 years’ experience as an osteopath, she specialises in the treatment of babies, children and post-partum mothers. She holds a Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy from the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy, and is a tutor at the University of Osteopathy on their Post-graduate Diploma in Paediatrics.
Ruth uses a variety of techniques when treating you or your child, and particularly favours gentler methods such as cranial osteopathy, which suit a wide selection of patients and problems. She uses her extensive experience as a practitioner and lecturer in the UK and Australia to treat patients of all ages.
In her spare time Ruth enjoys walking, cycling and yoga. She is a mother to young twin boys.
APPOINTMENT TIMES IN BALHAM SW12 & TOOTING SW17
Monday–Friday: 8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 3.30pm