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Timeout Rated Back Fixer of the East

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Time Out Rated: 'Back Fixer of the East'

The Guardian

The inside track . . . on keeping moving

In many cases of injury it can be a mistake to rest for too long

Jarvia Foxter, Registered Osteopath, speaks to The Guardian's 

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    If you have a sedentary job, think about stretching your joints. Pain is normal when you damage your body; it tells you something is wrong. When injured, you need expert advice on what the problem is and how to manage it and you should rest, for maybe a couple of days. Yet there is a widespread belief that if a part of your body still hurts, you should withdraw from the activity that causes it. This is often a mistake.

    Research shows there are beneficial outcomes from a return to activity, even when pain exists. It will improve the results, on a tissue level, and by releasing endorphins will help reduce the pain intensity. For instance, if you injure a tendon, and rest it completely, without applying a certain sequence of movements, you can get disordered repair. That becomes a weakness in the tissue. If you get rehabbed by an osteopath or some other medical practitioner, however, you will be aligning the collagen in the tendon and giving it a more controlled repair.

    The same principle applies to healthy people. If you're slouched at a desk all day and then go home and watch TV it could lead to problems. We see a lot of trouble with desk workers' necks and shoulders because they're not moving their joints through their full potential. Think about what movements your joints are capable of, and take them through those ranges with a gentle stretch.

Testimonials

What a life saver and so much more than your average osteopath! Jarvia helped me through the most hectic part of the Faithless tour last year when I picked up a couple of boxing injuries and my repetitive strain was kicking in. With her skills and super dooper TLC she made sure I was fit and able to play through the rest of the world tour. Phew. You can't get much better than that!

Sudha, Drummer 

 

Having had an alarming and undiagnosed numbing in my arms that nobody seemed to be able to help with, I sought out the help of an Osteopath not knowing what else to do. The dedicated and professional care I received was incredible. From diagnosis to treatment and also the rehabilitation exercises, my recovery rate was very speedy. Honestly not sure what I would have done without the sheer luck of coming across the caring and extremely thorough talents of Jarvia. Delighted I met her.

Nadine, Graphic Designer

 

I'd hurt my lower back and had some trouble walking – and was about to leave on a trip knowing airline seats, hotel beds and carrying luggage would probably make it worse. Two friends recommended Jarvia so I booked in at her Broadway Market treatment room. She assessed my physical condition and posture, and asked lots of questions about my lifestyle (working environment, exercise regime, etc), and then set to work on a session of osteopathy and acupuncture. Lower back pain is a reoccurring problem of mine so I was really surprised to find it greatly improved as soon as the session had ended – and the pain faded away throughout the next few days. It meant I could immediately stop taking painkillers and get on with my holiday. I was also given a series of exercises to do that – when I remember to do them – really help. An amazing service, the best bit was that I felt loads better immediately. I'd recommend Jarvia to anyone – she's super-professional, passionate, with a really easy-going manner – and gets great results.

Dan, Editorial Consultant
 
 
 
For years I have had annoying on and off lower back pain. Too much sitting & doing the wrong thing at the gym have been triggers. I have had variable benefit from seeing physios/osteopaths in the past. Jarvia was recommended by a good friend. Following two treatment sessions comprising osteopathy, acupuncture and advice on posture with exercises, my back has continued to improve and now feels brilliant. Very relaxing treatment sessions & overall great value for money. Thanks!

Dudley, Doctor

  

After spending a painful 4 days lying flat on my back and unable to move- we were a few hours away from calling an ambulance - when a friend recommended we contact Jarvia. Even though it was a sunny Bank Holiday and we were the other end of London, Jarvia made a home visit and spent over 2 hours treating me until I could finally stand and move again. If I’m honest, I never would have thought that would be possible as I was in so much pain, but it proves that with a committed and caring practitioner anything is possible. To say Jarvia went above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement...to top it all, the care at my following sessions at her practice was amazing. And I’ve been singing her praises ever since!

Kirsty, Account Director

 

I cannot express how grateful I am to Jarvia for her ongoing care to myself and my family. I have seen Jarvia on and off over the years for various pain and injuries: she’s fixed my back, my elbow and my knee. Jarvia has always impressed me with her wide range of knowledge. I am most grateful to her however for spotting a malignant mole on my husbands’ back when he came to see her for his back pain. She urgently referred him to have it removed immediately. It had not spread but I am sure we would have had a different outcome without Jarvia’s intervention. Whenever I have a treatment with Jarvia I find she always gives me important information about any medical matter we discuss and I have learned a lot from her.

Sandra, Teacher 

 

I had been seeing doctors for nearly 10 years about ongoing problems with my back, I was never told exactly what the problems were and what was causing it, nor had any relief from this constant pain, so I just came to the conclusion that it'll be something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. My first appointment with Jarvia was quite literally life changing. After a thorough checkup she told me what the problem was and what exactly was causing the pain. Within an hour I got the answers to questions I'd been asking medical professionals of all sorts for longer than I care to remember.  After 4 treatments I was finally pain-free and I had no more back issues; I had a better understanding of my posture and how to take care of my back in the future.

Charleen, Photographer

 

I have been suffering from very severe lower back problems over 10 years.I was initially advised to go for an operation , an idea totally impractical and very risky! I have a very stressful and complicated lifestyle and an extremely demanding job which obviously causes my back problems to reoccur regularly. I have had various osteopathic and acupuncture treatments in this country as well as in Europe. A colleague at work recommended Jarvia Foxter 4 years ago and since then, my life has changed! What is unique in the way Miss Foxter works is the combination of acupuncture with osteopathic treatment , as well as the extreme level of care she shows towards her patient.She is always listening and analysing the patient's symptoms very carefully, a fundamental talent of all good medics! She has an amazing intensity , thoroughness and speed in the way she treats a patient and magically, I have never , ever not been cured by her within 12 hrs of her session. I would  normally  arrive at her  surgery in agony / muscles in spasms, unable to walk and breath from pain/, and a few hrs after the treatment I am a normal person again !
What is also very special with Foxter's approach is her guidance post treatment , ie all the rehabilitation exercises and life-advice she gives you, always clear and so caring! My husband and son are also fanatic Foxter followers : the first suffering from serious knee condition and the latter from deep shoulder pains due to his job. They both adore her approach and results, so do all the colleagues that I have recommended to Her over the 4 yrs I’ve known her.
Jarvia Foxter is an excellent osteopath and a rare personality. She is a really devoted to her profession and patients!

Paula, Architect

  

Jarvia treated me for hip pain and stiffness over a period of a few weeks. She thoroughly assessed my physical condition and gave me advice on posture and exercise. She used a combination of osteopathic treatment and acupuncture and also referred me for an MRI scan. Jarvia's wide knowledge, experience and holistic approach made me feel I was getting the best possible treatment.

Eleanor, Engineer

 

 

I went to see Jarvia after being run over by a bike and began suffering from headaches about a week later.  They lasted for days at a time and were very debilitating. After three sessions they disappeared completely. A year or so later my lower back went into spasm after a six hour stint painting my house. I couldn't move and had to call an ambulance as the pain was so severe. Two sessions with Jarvia and I was fully mobile again. She has a magic touch and a  wonderfully sympathetic manner.  She also explains what she is doing and why which is very reassuring. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Moira, Retired

 

Jarvia was my first real osteopath experience. We had a very good interaction as she is down to earth and very tuned to life in general. She appears very well qualified and has a radiology background which enhances her osteopathic skills. I came to see her a few times, due to my special circumstances and apart from targeted and well informed treatment (osteopathy, acupuncture and advice), Jarvia offered to further discuss my case based on my MRIs with a few colleague radiologists. It is that extra level of care and interest for the patient that makes the difference between an osteopath and a super-osteopath. Thank you for all your help, Jarvia!
 
Mihai, IT 
 

I injured my hand and forearm rowing, and was unable to carry out everyday activities from carrying things to brushing my teeth. My GP suggested I rest and take anti inflammatories but three weeks later and the injury was not healing so I made an appointment to see Jarvia. I was treated three times, after the first session alone my injury was 60- 70 % better and felt back to normal after three sessions taken over two weeks. It was absolutely fantastic. I'd definitely recommend Jarvia to anyone with an injury, she is very thorough, puts you at ease and is clearly passionate about what she does. I plan on coming back for a general MOT and am now a total convert!

Anna, Rower

 

I went to see Jarvia because of really bad lower back and leg pain which I had for months. I was off sick from work because of this. Jarvia helped me so much, she relieved the leg and back pain after a few treatments over 3 weeks. I've had no problems with it since then. I found Jarvia very professional and felt I was in really good hands. She explains what's wrong very clearly and this gave me great peace of mind. I didn't even know what an osteopath was before meeting Jarvia. I will return to Jarvia any time I have pain or injuries in the future and have no hesitation in recommending her to friends and family

Dave, Builder

 

I came to see Jarvia to address forearm pain associated with heavy computer use. She quickly diagnosed the issues and came up with a care plan to help address the problems, combining osteopathy and acupuncture, advice on seating and posture, and exercises for me to do at home. All along she was very clear about what was being done and why, and made me feel in control of the direction of the treatment. I was very impressed with her intelligent, thorough and caring approach. My forearm pain has now gone, and I'm learning to improve the way I work to avoid a recurrence. Highly recommended!

David, IT Consultant

 

Thank you Jarvia for treating my stress and work related RSI during filming of Embarassing Bodies with your fabulous osteopath and accupuncture skills! I've been recommending you to all and sundry.

Vicki, TV Producer

 

Over the years I have had acute painful neck, upper back and shoulder problems. Jarvia has treated all of these quickly and effectively, giving me instant pain relief and allowing me to get back to my normal activities straight away. I enthusiastically recommend Jarvia to all my friends, because of her wide knowledge from a diagnostic and treatment perspective. For any kind of joint or muscle pain I simply wouldn't go anywhere else. Plus she has magic hands.

Mikey, Talk Show Host

 

After falling quite heavily onto my coccyx during a snowboarding
session in Japan, I was in agony for weeks. Sitting, sleeping were out of the question and even sneezing was such pain. The pain was affecting my mood and affecting my life and relationships. After one session with Jarvia, I had regained enough movement to work properly again. My friends and family noticed a positive change in my temperament.

 I've been painfree since Jarvia treated me. I had no idea what to expect when visiting an osteopath, but Jarvia was very resassuring and professional, which was appreciated due to the intimate area she was treating. I would tell any person suffering a similar injury to seek her help as soon as possible and don't put up with the pain. I can't speak highly enough of Jarvia.

Amanda, Radiographer

 

Jarvia was recommended to me by a colleague after I was experiencing sharp back pain after one particular training session for a half marathon. She diagnosed the problem and used osteopathy, tension release and acupuncture treatment to heal the area – the pain was significantly reduced after one session and I was back to full physical health after four (I also had a minor strain in my calf which was treated through massage and acupuncture too), able to complete my race successfully. What is great about Jarvia is that she has not only excellent osteopathic skills but is knowledgeable on dealing with sports injuries. The programme of exercises that she suggested for my back and legs have been invaluable and I have continued to perform those exercises well beyond the treatment sessions. I have since recommended her to friends and would continue to do so in future.

Sam, IT

 

I have had various related issues with my lower back and ribs, many due to sports injuries over the years and occasionally I over do it in the gym and cause myself a minor injury, Jarvia always manages to alleviate the issue quickly and effectively.

Ian, Teacher

 

At the recommendation of my neighbour, I went to Jarvia with a constant lower back pain which affected every aspect of my life and also with a stiff neck and shoulder. After few sessions of gentle manipulation, acupuncture and practical advice, my pain reduced significantly and my posture improved too.  Having seen various people and tried a number of treatments I did not think that such result was possible, but Jarvia is the only practitioner to have really addressed the root cause of the problem. I have even been able to begin running again. During my treatment, I had also a strained wrist and pain in my forearm, problem which was solved by Jarvia in one session. Amazing! I can't express enough how grateful I am for the gentle care I received and for regaining perfect movement and being pain free.  I can’t recommend Jarvia highly enough!

Diana, Administration

 

 

I originally went to see Jarvia after a bicycle accident which had affected muscles in my foot. Besides helping with the pain related to the injury, she pinpointed other weaknesses in my body left by previous injuries. I have seen numerous osteopaths over the years and tried other forms of traditional medicine. I found that Jarvia's holistic approach worked to give me both immediate relief and put me on the right track to help myself work on my body's fitness. I have already recommended Jarvia when friends and colleagues have asked for a good osteopath and will continue to do so. She's a lifesaver.

Mark, IT

 

I have seen various different osteopaths and physiotherapists  to help me with my back and neck over the last few years. Jarvia was very good to quickly recognise the root of the problem. I can call her if I am in pain and know that it will be sorted. I can’t recommend her highly enough!

Sophia, Editor

 
 
Since seeing Jarvia I have an entirely different view of my back and posture and way of thinking. She does not only treat the injury but also the bad posture that has developed keeping you in a circle of pain. She has an holistic approach to treatment and for the first time in years I feel like there is some progression from my injures and pain toward recovery. She is fantastic, I would highly recommend her to everyone!
 
Sian, Director and Producer

 

I went to Jarvia with intense pain in my shoulders from sitting at a desk a lot. She relieved the symptoms incredibly quickly,  with acupuncture and osteopathy, and gave me a series of incredibly straightforward and concise instructions for addressing the cause. The whole process took far fewer sessions than I thought it would, because her approach is so direct and focussed. On top of that, she's incredibly friendly and a massive laugh, so she totally put me at ease.

Isaac, Writer

 

I injured my leg and pinched a nerve while hiking which left me with pain and a slight loss of skin sensation on my thigh. After a couple of weeks of anti-inflammatories and self massage I wasn't any better, I feared I'd done permanent nerve damage. My partner recommended Jarvia who had helped her with a back problem. I was intrigued by Jarvia's experience in both conventional medicine and holistic therapies. Jarvia gave me a combination of acupuncture, massage and osteopathy. I noticed an improvement after the first session and after the third session my leg was fine. Jarvia also looked very carefully at my posture and movement, suggesting exercises to improve long term problems caused by years of sitting at a desk.

Graham, Designer. 

 

 
I was referred to Jarvia for a shoulder pain I had developed over years. It had become seriously problematic for my work, sports training and daily routine. I was also concerned because I was about to travel on an intense production managing job for a circus company's world tour. Jarvia not only assessed my pain but also took a holistic approach that took into consideration my posture, my work-out routine and even the fact that I had used a messenger bag for the last 10 years to haul around things. She treated my immedaite pain with a combination of osteopathy and acupuncture with the relief being instant and truly overwhelming. She took the time to analyse my posture in relation to my exercise regime and gave me suggestion that would better balance my body long-term. Then she completed the process with teaching me invaluable exercises and stretches that I took with me on tour and continue to incorporate into my training today. Taking into consideration quality of life and what we spend daily on random things, this is really a game changer for anyone dedicated to health and wellbeing.

Marcelo, Circus Creative Director

 

I came across Jarvia when looking for a local therapist to treat an injury around my gluts/piriformis muscles that had been causing me persistent discomfort for over 6 months, and which was radiating pain into other areas of my buttock, hip and lower back. I had already seen a physiotherapist and a sports massage therapist about the problem at this point but didn't feel as though they were really listening to what the problem was nor did they seem to be doing anything to help it. I found Jarvia online and she came highly recommended so I thought I'd give her a try.

Jarvia was very welcoming when I met her and did a full and very detailed assessment during our first appointment. I felt as though she was really addressing the problem in a very holistic way and was really interested in finding the best way to treat it.Of the different treatment that Jarvia did with me, what I found most effective was the acupuncture. I had never had acupuncture before so didn't really know what to expect, but I found that it really helped with relieving the pain and constant aching in the area of the injury and I believe it also helped the injury to begin to heal.I would, and indeed already have, recommended Jarvia to both friends and students of mine. I think that Jarvia's combined use of osteopathy and acupuncture is a very effective way of treating people and helping them to heal. She is professional, friendly, helps you to feel very relaxed and comfortable, is very keen to help you and definitely listens to what you have to say.

Sarah, Yoga Teacher