Laura Beard - Osteopath
Phone number: 07377 936925
My website: http://swansea-osteopath.com
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/VegaOsteopathy
“When a man works with his hands, his mind, and his heart, he is an artist.”
Andrew Taylor Still (Founder of Osteopathic Medicine)
Laura Beard (BSc & M.Ost) is a Registered Osteopath graduated from Swansea University with Master of Osteopathy degree.
Laura has an interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from a young age, pursuing this topic for her Dissertation entitled “An Integrated review of literature pertaining to PTSD and physical injuries within active and inactive military personnel, the effect of Osteopathy, Complementary and Alternative Medicine upon recovery and rehabilitation.”
Initially she began her career as a personal trainer and PE teacher while studying her last two years for a Bachelor’s Degree in sports and physical education of teacher and coach in Lithuania. Laura continued her work as a gym and aerobics instructor for a few years after relocating to live in Wales. Laura showed more and more interest in improving people’s quality of life and started working as a support worker in South West Wales. Working with people with various disabilities, Laura was inspired to study Osteopathy. To be able to combine sports, rehabilitation and improving performance, while helping people improve their quality of life was a lifelong wish for Laura.
While studying for her Master in Osteopathy Laura continue her work as a support worker in Carmarthen with Leonard Cheshire Disabilities (LCD). In her 4th year of the course she had an opportunity to start working as a volunteer with Swansea City AFC Ladies team, where she stayed after graduation. She was also invited to accompany the Swansea Ladies team to Romania for Champions League to work with a multidisciplinary team.
As well as working with the football team, Laura started to work as an osteopath with Loughor RFC 1st team in Swansea, she enjoys helping the team to recover from injuries and perform at their best.
Laura is passionate about continuing to work with people who have sustained brain injuries, amputations and suffer from psychological difficulties. During their recovery, Laura believes a multidisciplinary approach is the way forward, providing patients with the best possible care, supporting their individual needs and recovery.
Laura continue working with LCD to improve their residence quality of sleep and overall wellbeing.
Laura provides dry needling (acupuncture) as supplementary therapy, kinesiology taping (K-taping) and functional movement taping (FMT) to aid in recovery and sports performance.
Initial consultation cost £45, follow-up £35 and supplementary therapy and taping usually £5.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by Andrew Taylor Still in USA. A.T. Still believed that in order for the body to heal and achieve overall balance in body, mind and spirit, all parts of the body should work in harmony.
Osteopathy is a complete system of medical care, which looks at the body’s relationship to structure and function.
Osteopathy uses a holistic approach and aids in the body’s natural ability to heal itself, by applying hands on techniques such as soft tissue massage, mobilization, manipulation of the restricted joints, and lymphatic drainage. Osteopath practitioner can help people in rehabilitation of post-surgery and post injury by prescribing home exercises and advise you on lifestyle changes to aid in process of healing.
Who can have osteopathy?
Osteopathy is suitable for all ages, from all walks of life. No matter if you are a professional athlete, construction worker, elderly, pregnant mother or a chronic pain sufferer, osteopathy treats mild postural problems, various soft tissue injuries, neck, back, shoulder, knee and other joint pain. Also, it can aid in pain management and improve the quality of life for those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety.
What to expect from your appointment?
An initial consultation takes around 1 to 1.15 hours. In which time an in depth case history about your main complaint will be taken. Osteopath will be asking questions related to your past medical history, medication and other relevant questions. An osteopath will usually ask patients to undress down to their underwear to undertake a head to toe body assessment and testing. If treatments are suitable for you, the osteopath will discuss a diagnoses and treatment plan tailored to you.
Follow up appointments usually take from 30-45mins.