Frank Kelleher is a Paediatric Osteopath who has specialised in treating digestive and respiratory conditions in babies and children for the last 16 years. Soon after he graduated as an Osteopath in 1997 he realised that he wanted to work with babies and children. He has done over 400 hours post graduate training and research and continues to fine tune his expertise every year.
Frank works in a slightly different way to other Cranial Osteopaths. While understanding and promoting the benefits of Cranial Osteopathy in the treatment of many conditions seen in babies and children, Frank believes the best approach can often be a multi-disciplinary one.
Cranial Osteopathy is one part of that process. Sometimes Cranial Osteopathy is all that’s required along with the valuable advice Frank gives parents. Often Frank works hand in hand with other health professionals such as pharmacists or breast feeding nurses to find a long lasting solution. Sometimes the symptoms are so severe that a medical intervention is necessary to control the symptoms before Cranial Osteopathy is brought into the picture. For example, occasionally we will see a baby whose reflux symptoms are causing so much distress that the first priority is to refer to the GP for assessment and medication. This will control the symptoms and allows Frank to get to the root of the problem.
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle treatment which works on the physical strains present as a result of labour and/or delivery. It is a very effective treatment and in Frank’s opinion, works even better when used in combination with the expert advice he gives parents. The diagnosis is the key. Once that’s established, relevant advice is given and a treatment plan is made. Parents get so much conflicting advice it’s important to give a very definite plan which covers all aspects of care.
Frank is currently researching for a book he intends to write in the next 12 months. It will be a practical guide for parents on the common conditions affecting babies and children. Frank will draw on his 16 years experience to produce a comprehensive guide on the signs and symptoms, treatment options and practical advice for each condition.
“One of the best pieces of advice I was given following the birth of our first baby was to pay a visit to Frank Kelleher to have her checked over following delivery. The difference after one visit even in her feeding habits was very surprising to us and it really helped her to settle from the outset, as well as us taking on board all of Frank’s practical tips & advice.! Leigh.
Frank trained in the London School of Osteopathy for 5 years from 1992-1997. Prior to this he was a nurse for People with Learning Disabilities in COPE Foundation in Cork. He also worked with PLD Services in London and became a Director Of Nursing with the Richmond Twickenham & Roehampton Trust. In addition to this he acquired a Higher Diploma in Exercise and Health Science from St Mary’s University in Twickenham. When Frank started studying Cranial Osteopathy he had 5 years training and 2 years experience in Osteopathy behind him and 9 years experience working with PLD. This has proved to be a great base from which to expand his expertise.
Frank is registered with the General Osteopathic Council in the UK and with the Osteopathic Council of Ireland.
Frank Kelleher Cranial Osteopath
The Children’s Clinic
Model Farm Road