Practioner

Anna Shawcross Biography

Anna is an experienced osteopath who is passionate about your health. She has worked alongside a GP for many years who is also an osteopath. She is a great communicator and will be clear about what is needed to help you achieve your goals. She has an interest in nutrition in relation to multiple joint pain and considers your mental as well as physical state.

Anna’s approach uses a direct hands on bodywork approach of joint mobilization and manipulation with lifestyle advice.  The approach is hands on and described as ‘structural’. This means lots of deep, ‘sports style’ massage, joint mobilization and manipulation. She also uses fascial release technique and will blend in some cranial techniques and women’s health visceral work. She has attended postgraduate courses at the University college of Osteopathy and Molinari Institute of health.

In addition to osteopathic treatment and advice, Anna will write any necessary medical letters without charge and she will create a comprehensive exercise rehabilitation plan for you using the ‘My Physio Rehab’ service which emails you pictures, descriptions and videos of how to perform the right exercises at home.

In addition to working with people, Anna has recently completed a 1 year post graduate certificate in Animal Osteopathy and is now available to work with your horse or dog. Visit www.theequineosteo.co.uk

Her CV includes

  • Masters Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost) – awarded by the British School of Osteopathy now known as University College of Osteopathy (UCO)
  • 1 year Post Graduate Certificate (level 7) in Animal Osteopathy– validated by UCO
  • Post graduate training in Cranial Techniques – at UCO in 2011
  • Pelvic Visceral Technique– direct and indirect approaches for the pelvis and pelvic viscera to improve function
  • Functional Active Release with Robin Lansman – (now head of the institute of osteopathy) a system of finding the exact location of dysfunction within a muscle and releasing with hands on assisted movement
  • Functional technique– an indirect articulation of the tissues to effect a gentle but powerful release without causing discomfort
  • Harmonic technique – a rhythmic joint articulation for all areas of the body. Useful for people who find it hard to relax
  • Kinesiology Taping– a comfortable tape useful for sports injuries or acute pain and tissue drainage
  • Dry Needling (Acupuncture) – For the treatment of pain associated with trigger points in muscles. Used in addition to standard osteopathic assessment and treatment

Anna is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy (iO). All osteopaths are required to undertake comprehensive Continual Professional Development every year and keep up to date with emergency first aid.

Outside the clinic Anna is married with 2 children and she enjoys riding a horse on a regular basis as well as the practice of Yoga. She has also set herself the target of running a half marathon at Denbies Vineyard in Surrey where you are also encouraged to sample the wine on the way round!

Recent quotation –

Dear Anna,
I was in ankle/foot tendonitis pain since around October 2017 and after 4 sessions with you I have been able to return to running. Today I ran 3 miles without any pain whatsoever which is amazing. 
You also treated my shoulder which was damaged in January, and I am now pain-free in that area. 
So thank you very much! I would not hesitate to recommend you.