NIA MARIE MAY - Osteopath MOst BA(Hons)


Nia also trained at the British School of Osteopathy, graduating with a Masters of Osteopathy.  With a love for the great outdoors, she had been looking to escape the city confines of London.  She was delighted to be recruited to work in such a busy practice and provide care for the people of Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby and the surrounding villages of the Harrogate District.

Prior to studying osteopathy, Nia graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology but, as a physically active person herself, developed an interest in the human body beyond just the mind.  She first trained and worked as a sports massage therapist, before deciding to embark on a career in osteopathy.

Nia is keen to treat people of all ages and combines traditional structural osteopathy, if necessary, with her cranial osteopathic skills.  She enjoys using her osteopathy to aid recovery and promote healthy movement, and has been a part of event care at various sporting events. She also has a keen interest in treating both the musculoskeletal problems linked with pregnancy as well as chronic pain conditions.  She has had great success in relieving the pains and stiffness associated with ‘wear & tear’ and arthritis by treating the associated muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as the affected joint.  She can also utilise her qualification in Medical Acupuncture to assist with her treatment.

More about osteopathy:

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and manual treatment focusing on the structural integrity of the body. That is, the skeleton, but also the muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues that are intimately related; pain so often being caused by the protective reaction of a muscle to misalignment and restriction in the small facet joints of the spine or to the minor displacement of other joints in the upper and lower limbs.

Misalignment in one part of the skeleton will often affect and place undue stress on other parts. For example, a restricted / misaligned pelvis may cause apposition problems in the hip joints, tracking problems through the knees, uneven weight bearing through the lower limbs, apparent leg length discrepancy as well as a lateral curvature of the spine. The result can be pain and other symptoms arising from joint compensation, muscle spasm, tension or nerve root irritation.

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