Why Our Practitioners Do What They Do …
We often share children’s Sunflower Stories. Today, we are sharing the reasons why our Guildford-based Sunflower practitioner, Gemma Ware, wants to support children and their families.
“I am passionate about the difference good structural alignment can make to a person’s quality of life. You may be surprised to hear that I have never had a patient who is structurally correct – and this includes children. The number of adults I see with health problems that could have been prevented by early intervention is shocking. I would say, every person – every child – would benefit from early osteopathic care.
“However, what makes the Sunflower Programme different is that as well as improving musculoskeletal health, the programme also looks at neurological, biochemical and emotional health.
“The ethos of Sunflower is that we look at every aspect of a child’s health: from how they process information, to how they hold a pencil, how they feel about school, allergies, sleep disturbances, nutrient deficiencies, left-right brain coordination… you name it!
“You may ask how neurological health fits into a child’s wellbeing. Well, we learn from our senses – we don’t see in from our eyes, we see out. Sensory information (such as what we see, hear, think and feel) shapes our every-day life experiences. If the neurological system isn’t working properly life can quickly become a difficult thing to process. Neurological disorganisation can affect the learning, behaviour and social abilities of any child. In fact, many of the children I have seen with such issues have very quickly fallen into a downward academic and social spiral from which they feel powerless to return. Well, through the Sunflower Programme, I believe they can return.
“I had difficulties at school, like every child, made particularly challenging by dyslexia. To this day, I find that a certain sight, sound or smell will bring back painful memories or feelings of anxiety. As part of the Sunflower Programme, I tap into a child’s subconscious brain, where sensory memories are stored, to encourage them overcome negative associations or behaviour patterns and build in more positive responses. This process has a much higher success rate in children who haven’t become ‘hard wired’ and are still learning. Early intervention is key!
“I hear so many children use the words ‘I can’t.’ Well, it’s my belief that you can; it’s just about finding the right methods to help children believe this too. With Sunflower, I give them the health and tools they need to be confident and have conviction in themselves and their future.”
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