Our Sensory Courtyard allows people to explore and learn both about their senses and about nature. It is well known that exploring nature can help with your sensory development, and that the senses of touch, taste, smell and hearing can be heightened when you interact with nature and the environment around you. The Sensory Courtyard provides a safe, non-threatening environment in which individuals can feel free to explore and express themselves.
Some of the benefits are listed below:
- Aids the development of motor skills, including hand-eye coordination
- Supports cognitive/intellectual development, including problem solving, memory and language
- Improves the individual’s ability to interact, communicate and share with others
- Increases confidence and helps the individual develop a strong sense of empowerment
- Helps individuals with sensory disorders to develop or reactivate their remaining senses
- Stimulates the sensory neurons, helping people develop their sense of cause and effect
- Helps individuals get back in touch with nature, nurturing a sense of calm and relaxation
- Can be used as a coping strategy, improving mental, emotional and physical well-being in the long term
- Resolves negative thoughts and feelings, including anxiety and fear
- Heightens awareness (AKA mindfulness), enabling individuals to get the most out of life
- Heightens focus and concentration
- Promotes creativity
We would like to give a special thanks to our volunteer Anna who came up with the wonderful idea and put so much time and hard work in getting the courtyard opened for our clients’ sensory needs
Don’t forget to avail of this calm relaxing space the next time you visit us at Clonmel Osteopaths.
My daughter Heather is 6 years old and suffers from mild cerebral palsy and spina bifida. When Heather was younger she spent a lot of time in Crumlin Children’s Hospital and was told by the leading Orthopaedic Surgeons that because her spine was so badly curved she would have problems walking and may not even be able to go to the bathroom by herself.
When Heather was 3 years old, I started taking her to Ian Wright at Clonmel Osteopaths and I can hands down say he has made a huge difference to Heather’s quality of life. Not only is she using the bathroom by herself but she is also doing Taekwondo and loves it!! Heather personally thinks Ian is amazing and refers to him affectionately as Tiddle Hands. Even Heather’s big sister has benefited from Ian’s great work, as he has helped to ease her severe migraines.
Thank you to Ian, the staff at Clonmel Osteopaths and the Daisy Clinic.
Clonmel Osteopaths Review Written by RC, July 29, 2017
Since moving to Ireland in 2000, I have had the good fortune of experiencing a few very good alternative health practitioners, and Ian Wright of Clonmel Osteopaths, is most definitely one of them. Ian was recommended to me when it was suspected that my daughter, who was seven at the time, might have mild dyslexia. After a few visits to Ian, that problem completely disappeared.
Recently, I took my mother in law to see Ian, and when I was there, I asked if he could do anything for joint pain that I had had for a couple of years in my upper leg/groin area. The pain was pretty constant. Though I had gone to two bone specialists, who did help, the pain was still very present. Ian said, of course, he could help with that issue. At the start of my session with Ian, he could see right away that the leg in question turned the wrong way and there was an imbalance in my posture. After one session, the problem greatly improved, and after reassessment, when the session was over, Ian could see that there was improvement in my alignment/posture. There was great improvement after one session. Ian recommended at least one more session and I ended up having three sessions in total.
I also had a couple of other l issues, one gynaecological problem and other scar tissue discomfort, that I asked if he could help me with and he said he would. The method he uses is completely non invasive, a laying on of hands on various parts of the body, where needed and energy moves and heals (or something like that). It’s pretty amazing. At the start of my third session, Ian reassessed my joint/groin issue and saw that though it had improved, it was still there and it must have been a problem that started a while ago, much earlier than I had realised. He worked on that and again my other issues. The main problem, my joint/groin issue, has greatly improved, the pain is dramatically decreased, practically gone, a twinge now and then, but I’m hoping that with the recommended stretching and yoga it will only keep it improving.
Ian recommended exercises both to do and to avoid, and said if I came back every once in a while, it would be good to keep things healing. My other problems also improved a lot with the treatment. I am so happy with Ian’s work and highly recommend him! Can I add, that we are very fortunate to have Cranial Osteopaths here in Ireland, as I learned that there are none in my native USA. People have to fly to Europe to avail of them, we’re lucky here!
Thank you Clonmel Osteopaths!
Check out Ian’s radio interview on Tipp FM on 4 April 2017.
I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis more than ten years ago, and have tried and tested many different therapies, both traditional and alternative. A good family friend had passed away a few years ago, and I was in a lot of pain at her funeral and almost every member of her family told me to go to osteopath Ian Wright, just outside Clonmel.
I hadn’t even heard of osteopathy up until this point and I would be a Googler as a first response, but I was in so much pain and was so desperate that I just looked up the number, made an appointment and went to him without question.
Osteopathy can be described as a drug-free treatment, working on the musculoskeletal system, which is not invasive. Since I was first diagnosed, I was put on strong disease modification injections, steroids, strong pain killers, anti-nausea medication and much more besides. At times, I feel as if my own medicine cabinet is better stocked than a small pharmacy!
Trips to the rheumatologist, painful blood tests, weekly GP visits, prescriptions longer than most shopping lists and being on a first-name basis with more medical professionals than I could name – this was all now part of my daily life.
My diagnosis came at a time when I was in college, in the budding stages of a new relationship, trying to form my own adult identity and trying to adjust to the right blend of study, socialising and forging my own place in the world.
Psoriatic Arthritis is, in many ways, the best of the forms of arthritis to have, as it is not degenerative and once controlled, it will not get any worse. In saying that, flare-ups were frequent while dosages were being regulated, and even though I was very young and still a teenager, I had to make a number of changes in my life.
Until I went to see Ian Wright, I would get limited pain relief from a cocktail of medication, was injecting every week and found that most medications came with more side-effects than relief from the symptoms.
The day I went into Clonmel Osteopaths I was at my wit’s end, I was desperate and also terribly cynical. That day, as I sat in the very nice waiting room, writhing in agony and considering having to cancel a mainland Europe holiday due to the pain, I was not hopeful that he would help, but I was open to trying anything at that point.
As soon as I was called by Ian Wright into his treatment room, he sat down and asked me a bit about myself, my diagnosis and the medication I was on. He not only wrote everything down and logged my full medical history in my file, but he knew a lot about my symptoms and what was causing me pain and discomfort.
I am commonly referred to as a ‘complex’ medical case by doctors and specialists and so, it was truly refreshing to meet someone who not only knew a lot about my condition, but who seemed to have the information, skills and techniques to ease my pain.
The day I left the clinic after that first appointment, there was a noticed improvement, I got to go on my holiday and was greatly improved. I am not saying that he worked miracles, I was still taking my medication and resting when I could, but it was much more manageable.
That was over two years ago. I started to become a regular patient of Ian’s and I have noticed a staggering improvement in my pain, symptoms and disease control, as well as an improvement in my immune system and overall health.
It only takes me just over half an hour to get from my home to Ian’s clinic in Tipperary, but some people travel from all over Ireland to see Ian and while he is one of the most expensive osteopaths in the country, he is also arguably one of the best. He provides a lot of training to osteopaths from all over Ireland, he travels regularly to give lectures, workshops or training days and he also has a clinic in the UK, with hopes of opening one in Italy in the future.
Ian has been an osteopath for more than 25 years and he specialises in paediatric care, auto-immune diseases like mine and complex cases. What brings people into Ian’s clinic, tucked away in the beautiful countryside of South Tipperary, is not only Ian’s treatment and what some describe as his magical touch, but his personable manner, easy-going nature and the fact that he can relate to people on a human level.
From that first day when I laid on the bed in the treatment room, my head buzzed with questions, queries and observations. Ian put me at ease, answered each question and made me feel comfortable in the knowledge that I was at the hands of a true professional.
I am not an osteopath or medical professional, so my explanation, or interpretation rather, of what Ian does, will not do the complexity of his work justice, but here is an explanation of what a treatment is like for me: after an initial examination where I stand up and he observes me for a moment, I lie down on the treatment bed and he puts his hands on different areas, such as my ankles, temples or spine and I can feel his hands get warmer, as the areas he touches get colder. A question people often ask me is what I wear during the sessions – you do not have to undress in any way and only remove your shoes. I sometimes wear a tracksuit and comfy clothes, but other times I could be wearing a dress or jeans. Sometimes I feel the urge to twitch or fidget, as I can feel something moving inside my body and other times, I zone out and am on the brink of falling asleep.
Often, I have gone into the clinic in pain, doubled over in agony and in severe discomfort. It often pains me to drive there and sometimes I have to rope someone else in to bring me, as I cannot drive myself. When I leave, I feel like a new person, the pains are all but eliminated and I feel calmer and more relaxed.
I notice that I feel worse and the pain is more severe when I haven’t gone to see Ian in a while and I know that this is much more than a mere placebo effect, there is real evidence of the good work he is doing to be seen in my bloodwork, the reduced severity of my flare ups and the management of my pain.
Even if you have never tried anything like this before, I would urge you to take the plunge, make the decision and pick up the phone to call the Clonmel Osteopath and at the very least, meet Ian, have a consultation and give one treatment a fair go. In my experience, those who go once will return, because they can feel the benefits of Ian’s hands from that very first visit.
* This is a first-hand account from Sandra Quinn, who is a patient of Ian Wright’s, and a journalist and writer. This is not sponsored content and the content contained is opinion only, as Sandra is not a qualified medical professional, nor does she claim to be.
Thirteen-year-old Keri Brett from Fethard in County Tipperary has had more to contend with than most, and while doctor and hospital appointments are very much part of her routine, so too is a visit to osteopath Ian Wright in Clonmel Osteopaths.
Keri’s mother Clodagh Sweeney explained that her daughter has suffered from quadriplegic cerebral palsy since birth, due to complications during birth. “For the first two years of her life, she would scream 16 hours a day hysterically – it was awful. She was in awful pain,” her mother said.
Clodagh first brought Keri to see Ian when she was two and a half months old after she saw an advertisement for cranial osteopathy. “I couldn’t believe it when we went to the appointment and I could see that she was getting relief. There was so much going on with Keri at the beginning and she was in so much pain, it was very hard.”
Clodagh explained that after Keri started seeing Ian, she was still crying a lot, but it was reduced. “I could see that Ian was able to work with her and that he was helping to calm her. Over the years, Ian’s work with Keri has helped her dramatically. She wouldn’t manage without him and she is alive because of the treatments,” Clodagh explained.
Clodagh said that it wasn’t just the treatments, but also Ian’s gentle way with Keri and how he seemed to connect with her from that first appointment. “There is a huge difference in her after she sees him. Her breathing would become less strained and he helps to unblock her lungs, which would be under a lot of pressure.”
Speaking about the struggle of knowing that your child will not live a long and prosperous life, Clodagh says that staying positive is a big part of it. “It is what it is, you have to get up and get on with it. You have to live each day like it’s her last, so that she will have nothing but good memories.”
Clodagh explained that Keri used to take 17 different medications a day and now she takes just five. “When she was born, the doctor said that there was no way she would survive and I think that if she didn’t have Ian treating her, she wouldn’t have survived up until now.”