Gitte Pedersen

“What I love most about my job is it’s diversity, one patient may be presenting with hip pain, the next with something totally different… and also love treating children especially as it feels they are not the only ones to benefit from the treatment it helps the parents too!”

Gitte Pedersen Osteopath treating

Gitte Pedersen - Osteopath

I’ve been working as an Osteopath since I qualified in 1992, initially as an associate in others practices, and tutoring at my previous college. I took the opportunity to travel, working in New Zealand on two separate occasions, but settled back in Oxfordshire, where I now work from Summertown Clinic and my practice at home in Chipping Norton.

What I love most about my job is it’s diversity, one patient may be presenting with hip pain , another with some form or RSI, arthritic issues and also seeing children. It is especially gratifying to treat children as it feels they are not the only ones to benefit from the treatment it helps the parents too! What we get to do as osteopaths is get to know our patients, their situation so we can better understand what is happening with them, causing their problems.

My postgraduate training has mainly been in the cranial and visceral discipline, and pelvic girdle pain. I like to treat patients during pregnancy , to help their body cope with the adaptations needed to manage a growing baby, keeping things active and flexible with gentle treatment to help mum have a better birthing experience and deliver a calm baby. 

During an initial consultation I will take your case history, do an examination , and assess what I feel is happening, and with your permission then carry out a treatment. At the end of this session it may be relevant to give you some exercises/ stretches  to help your recovery.

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Practitioner Summary

  • Diploma in Osteopathy from the European School of Osteopath in 1992.
  • Teaching at the ESO as a clinic tutor, and technique tutor.
  • Teaching at Oxford Brookes University

I particularly enjoy treating babies, children, pregnant mothers and older patients. I use a range of techniques including cranial and structural Osteopathy and some visceral work.

I also like working in general practice and am happy treating patients of all ages and with a variety of conditions, except for sports injuries. 

During an initial consultation I will take your case history, do an examination , and assess what I feel is happening, and with your permission then carry out a treatment. At the end of this session it may be relevant to give you some exercises/ stretches  to help your recovery.

Patients should wear comfortable clothing and may need to undress to underwear but can wear a gown if necessary.

1. Do I need to undress for my treatment?

– Ideally you will be asked to undress and there is a gown to wear,which allows me to see how your Spine/ body is moving during active tests. Sometimes it’s not necessary to disrobe, but it’s always better to wear something like leggings and a vest top, making it easier for us to feel how things are moving….jeans aren’t very helpful.

2. How long does a treatment last?

– Most practitioners allow between 60-45 mins for the initial consultation, and 30 minutes for a follow up. Time taken may be less or more, it simply depends on what is needed for effective treatment.

3. Do I need a GP referral to see an osteopath?

– Most patients self refer (unless they are coming via their insurance (such as BUPA) and then they do need a referral). Although a referral is usually not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.

4. What training do osteopaths have?

– Undergraduate students follow a four or five year degree course combining academic and clinical work. Osteopaths are required to update their training throughout their working lives, we complete a minimum of 30 hours every year.

5. Can anyone call themselves an osteopath?

– The title Osteopath is protected by law and only those included on the register are entitled to practise as osteopaths. Unregistered practice is a criminal offence. You can look your osteopath up on the register here: Search the register…

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Our Osteopathic Team

We've got a lovely community of like-minded professionals, and our Osteopathic team are at the heart our clinic.

Our diverse group of osteopaths offer the Oxford community one of the UK's leading groups of osteopaths. As a group with have experience teaching the next generation of osteopaths, are fellows of distinct osteopathic groups, and have been involved with elite sports medical teams. We cover the scope of populations you might expect osteopaths to deal with from paediatrics, sports injuries, care of the elderly, to rehabilitation and antenatal care, we have an osteopath who has experience treating patients like you.

James Ruddick

Principal Osteopath

James Ruddick enjoys helping people out of pain, and back to optimum health. Having taught at the UCO, and been involved in elite sports he has a wide variety of experience.

Joanna Ruddick

Principal Osteopath

Jo has lots of experience treating babies, children & pregnant women. She is a fellow of the SCCO and uses cranial & other gentle & effective techniques to restore health & rebalance the body.

Claire Cullen

Osteopath & Pilates Teacher

Claire combines her osteopathy & Pilates training in her treatments. By using osteopathy to restore health & patient focused  Pilates exercises & advice to fully rehabilitate her patients.

Duncan Cameron Mitchell

Osteopath

Duncan has over thirty years experience.
He remains inquisitive & keeps learning. He practices a patient centred approach.

Gitte Pedersen

Osteopath

Gitte's particular interest is in treating older patients & women during pregnancy & treating babies & children.
She has also taught osteopathy & worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children.

Joel Redman

Osteopath

Joel is an award winning Osteopath (iO Associate of the Year in 2015) and has worked in an NHS and elite sport setting. He is currently undertaking an MSc in Sports Medicine at the ISEH (UCL).

Atlanta Kyte

Osteopath

Atlanta is an all rounder, she enjoys treating the elderly & pregnant ladies but is also happy treating sports injuries. She uses medical acupuncture too.

Andrew Nicholettos

Osteopath

Andy has additional qualifications and clinical expertise in Strength & Conditioning and Sports Medicine practice. He uses a blend of hands on techniques with personalised exercise prescription.

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