- Written by Andrew Woodhouse BSc (Hons) Ost
- Category: Osteopath & Acupuncturist
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Osteopath for structural, visceral & cranial osteopathy, acupuncturist, electro-dermal screening with Asyra PRO and NAET practitioner.
Andrew Woodhouse was originally from the Neston (Wirral, Cheshire) area and returned to the area having attained his honours degree in osteopathy in '98 from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London. The BSO has more recently been renamed as University College of Osteopathy. Andrew studied as a mature student, having worked in industry for 10 years as an instrument technician & electrician. For 4 of his 5 years at college he participated in a voluntary clinic using cranial osteopathy for children with severe physical & mental Special Needs.
Following graduation Andrew initially worked at;
- A long established osteopathic practice in Rodney Street Liverpool for 9 years before moving up the road to the Liverpool Wellbeing Centre in Hope Street Liverpool.
- Margaret Lavender's other osteopathic practice for 10 years, originally in Irby village, then the practice moved to Thingwall Wirral.
- NHS sites, within the physiotherapy departments of St Catherine's hospital Birkenhead Wirral and Victoria Central Hospital in Wallasey Wirral for 5 years.
Since graduating in osteopathy further study has included courses in:-
- Cranial osteopathy, also known as cranio-sacral osteopathy (studied at undergraduate and post graduate)
- Visceral osteopathy (internal organs)
- Western Acupuncture (1999)
- NAET - Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques - a natural approach for allergies, hypersensitivities & food intolerance.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (Study ongoing) incl;
- Acupuncture, postgraduate certificates incl;
- Auricular Acupuncture,
- Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation
- Chinese Scalp Acupuncture
- TCM Gynaecology CPD Course
- Tuina (TCM massage, articulation, manipulation)
- Fire Cupping
- Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (Study ongoing)
- Acupuncture, postgraduate certificates incl;
Andrew's Teaching accomplishments include;
- Talks & Lectures to the general public and to other healthcare professionals i.e. GP's, Nurses & Physios about Osteopathy.
- Taught Western Medical Acupuncture at a post graduate level.
- Lectured on Anatomy & Physiology at Degree level.
- Taught Meditation to individuals & groups for 20+ years.
Andrew's areas of special interest include:-
- Allergies, sensitivities, intolerances and allergy associated problems
- Candida, fungal and yeast problems.
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), leaky gut syndrome, gut dysbiosis, SIBO & other bowel disorders
- ME (myalgia encephalomyelitis (CFS - chronic fatigue syndrome)
- Baby's, Infant's & Children's problems i.e. restlessness, irritability
NB Whilst these conditions are of particular interest and Andrew treats people with these conditions, this does not however mean that he claims to cure them.
For allergies & allergy related problems also see;
This is in addition to the relatively simpler mechanical problems of musculo-skeletal aches & pains that an osteopath deals with every working day, including:-
- Upper & Low Back Pain / Ache
- Joint & Muscle Pain, including Jaw Pain (TMJ Syndrome)
- Headaches & Migraines, which can be also associated with TMJ & Upper Neck problems.
- RSI (repetitive strain injury)
- Frozen Shoulder, Impingement Syndrome & Rotator Cuff problems
- Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow
- Pains of Arthritis & Osteoporosis, i.e. Arthritic Hip, Knee, Neck & Back (i.e. Spondylitis), etc.
Western Medical Acupuncture
Medical or Western Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling is a western adaptation of the use acupuncture needles. This is not Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)! It is used on the basis of modern scientific findings, such as, reduction in excess muscle tension/spasm, stimulating the release of the body's natural pain killing hormones/neurotransmitters (enkephalin & endorphins), local dilation of blood vessels (therefore improving drainage way of inflammation & increase supply of fresh blood for healing), etc.
Typically western medical acupuncture is primarily used to treat musculo-skeletal disorders with a few exceptions i.e. over-active bladder, where TCM points were used, but in a Western way, without a TCM diagnosis.
Whereas TCM acupuncture is traditionally used for almost everything, incl. - musculo-skelatal problems, help to maintain general well-being (i.e. reduce stress, weight loss & smoking cessation), and systemic problems, of which I am not permitted to name here, as apparently that would constitute a claim to cure such conditions.
Download attachments for further information: Download pdf Acupuncture_WHO_full_report.pdf
And probably the largest repository for Health & Medical Research is PubMed - provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (USA)