Building work is due to begin this week on new premises for the Osteopathy for All clinic at East Hoathly.
The practice has been based at 3 The Village Works, in London Road, for the past eight years and is now also taking on another unit at number 9.
Practice principal and owner Pippa Cossens said two treatment rooms and a waiting room will be created in the new building while the existing one will be converted to a studio where pain recovery classes can be held.
The classes will be for practice patients and others who are interested in learning things in a group setting that they can do to help themselves. All will be dependent on what happens with Government rules relating to social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pippa says it may be that other people would be interested in using the premises too, perhaps for one to one meetings, or one to three pilates sessions, meditation, baby massage, or NCT classes.
“I see it as a space for wellness,” said Pippa. “This is an important part of where the practice is going, providing a more rounded approach to people’s health.”
The three osteopaths working at Osteopathy for All have already noticed during the pandemic that more patients are coming to them with chronic pain which can be traced back to stressful periods in their life.
And so while treating to reduce inflammation, relaxing muscles and making sure the body is moving freely they will, where there has been persistent pain for three to six months, look for triggers for pain that will not necessarily be physical.
Then they will help to identify self-care techniques to provide a long-term solution to pain and discomfort.