Ruth Levitan | SW London Osteopathy

Osteopathy and cranial osteopathy for newborns, babies and mothers-to-be

About Ruth

Ruth has over 12 years experience as an osteopath. She graduated from the British school of osteopathy in 1999. Since graduating she has worked in general practice and as a clinic tutor and lecturer both in Australia and London. She believes osteopathy can be used to treat people of all ages. However, Ruth has developed a speciality in treating babies, children and post partum mothers. Straight after graduation she volunteered to work at The Osteopathic Centre for Children a charity based in central London which treats hundreds of children a week.

More recently Ruth has completed a 2-year Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy which incorporates the charitable clinic of The Osteopathic Centre for Children. The foundation is the only one of its kind in the world and provides treatment for all children who come through its doors. It provided 30,000 free treatments in 2008 and is a centre of excellence for the teaching of paediatric osteopathy.

Osteopathy for babies and children

Cranial Osteopathy is a safe and natural approach to health care for all life stages, which treats the whole body, not just the head. Cranial osteopathy works with the innate internal forces which are always steering us towards health and normal function. This gentle technique can be used to treat women during pregnancy and after the birth, for babies as soon as they are born and for children in their early years.

Osteopathy for mothers-to-be

Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy can be beneficial in a number of ways:

Pregnancy is a time when the body's open to rapid change. It is a time when muscles and ligaments soften. Hormonal changes (the action of relaxin and oestrogen) increase fluid uptake in collagen fibres, making the spine and pelvis more flexible. Sometimes symptoms or aches are simply an expression of the body adapting to these changes and can be released effectively.

In the second half of pregnancy, postural changes accommodate the weight of the bump and breasts. The lumbar spine, hips and pelvis must all be free to move, in order to allow the postural adaptations to occur easily.

Pelvic Girdle Pain formerly known as SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) is common but not "normal". The degree, location and type of pain varies. Some women experience mild discomfort, others can have severe pain, sleep disruption and difficulty with daily tasks. The degree of pain may be related to the degree of pelvic instability and the width of the pubic symphysis. Negotiating stairs, squatting or turning over in bed can all aggravate pubic pain. Osteopathy can help normalise and balance the pelvis thus reducing or if seen early enough even eliminating the symptoms of pelvic girlde pain.

The change in weight bearing in pregnant women also put lots of stress around the upper half of the body and cervical spine pain and neck pain is not uncommon.

Common complaints that osteopathy can help with during pregnancy and after:

Fees & Contact

All treatments are approved by BUPA, Norwich Union (now Aviva), AXA PPP, HSA and more.

Initial consultation for Adults and children- £60
Follow up consultation - £55 for adults & £40 for babies and children under 10 years.
Home and hospital visits start from £80. Cost of consultation depends on duration and travelling distance.

Mobile: 07810 188520

Covering Wandsworth, Putney, Wimbledon, Earsfield and Southfields (London SW18 and surroundings)
Clinic Address:
95 Replingham Rd, Southfields
London, SW18 5LU