Brooks-Carter Clinic

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Our therapies aim to promote health in all, children are no exception. Bringing your child to see one of our osteopaths may well mean that their nervous system and structural development will be at its optimum. Just as you take your child to the dentist, bringing him or her to see one of our therapists is a good idea to encourage healthy growth and a happy child.

We all want a regulated nervous system as the nervous system controls everything.  If the spine is not aligned as it should be, this will affect the nerves (or wiring) to the organs e.g. stomach or muscles and joints of the body.

If there is any kind of  'blockage' due to spinal misalignment or lesions/subluxations, then this may result in colic, ear infections, joint pains, problems sleeping, hyperactivity, ear infections, heartburn, allergies, asthma, frequent colds and flu, anxiety, bed wetting to name but a few.

We don't treat the disorders - rather we treat the whole child. Over the years, we have seen many children with problems from bedwetting, (we have helped boys and girls from ages 6 - 16), to children with migraine, those diagnosed with 'growing pains' to back pain. Children and teenagers are still being advised to go to bed which is rarely a good idea.

The solution may be simpler than you believe. The joy is that it is not going to cause any harm as our therapies work WITH the body to restore balance. Then, healing can take place. The body is so intelligent.

  • If we give our bodies the right building tools:                                                                                                                                 a good wholesome diet,                                                                                                                                                                      fresh air and exercise,                                                                                                                                                                    fun and laughter                                                                                                                                                                          sufficient rest and sleep                                                                                                                                                               love and support                                                                                                                                              and correct any problems with a non-invasive or listening therapy, the body will do what it needs to do. 

Babies and children can be stressed with chemicals such as vaccinations, antibiotics and other medications given directly or consumed. Chemicals in junk or highly processed foords plus sugar, work against all of us. 

They can also be stressed with the same stresses, we all encounter. That vaccination may have caused a great deal of fear in a baby or child, this means that the stress reaction is activated - fight, flight or freeze...... 

There will be protective muscle spasm in all these scenarios. Muscle spasm affects joints - the joints then don't move as they were designed to do. We then have interference in the nerve and blood supply in and out of that whole area.

Difficult births can mean that baby's alignment is not as it should be. Forceps and long protracted births do affect babies, particularly in the skull and neck bones. This can lead to very fussy babies who really aren't very happy at all. They may have difficulty breast feeding as their neck bones are not quite as they should be. They often have colic and reflux. These subluxations (where the bones are slightly out of position) may lead to structural problems which will affect their overall health later on.

Stress affects all ages. House moves, parents separating, deaths, challenges, money problems affect the whole family. Indeed, your stress will affect your baby, child or teenager.

We recommend massage and reflexology for babies at Brooks-Carter Clinic.

Our principle is to work with what is healthy and expand on that. Massage has been proven to be beneficial for premature babies. They grew faster than those children who didn’t have massage and then they did better at school. It puzzles me why babies are not systematically massaged! 

You can learn to massage your baby! There are courses, let us know if you are interested.

Toddlers are forever falling and we have had amazing results with the frightening effects of falls. A 9 month old wee girl was brought in unable to move her shoulder. A and E had prescribed drugs and blamed 'teething'. 20 minutes of massage and she was using both arms! Yes, it was really as simple as that. Muscles hold tension from many sources and this can be helped, easily.

Preschool and school age children have lots to deal with. When they fall, they seem made of rubber but they can have misalignments as a result. They may complain of pain, headaches, sore tummies and other persisting signs and symptoms that may not make sense but may well respond to massage. A diagnosis of ‘growing pains’ never helps!

You, the parent, may feel that they are just not right – you are usually correct!

Our philosophy at Brooks-Carter Clinic is to treat individuals not signs and symptoms.

We respect that the body is a highly intelligent, self healing organism if it is allowed to do its job! We wouldn’t be here as a species if we didn’t have it. None of us decide when it is time to produce urine for example! The kidneys do that with unconscious instructions.

Subluxations in children can cause dis-ease in the body, just as they do in adults. When the nerve flow is interrupted, some part of the body will send or receive distorted messages to or from the brain. With such interference, the body cannot function at 100% of its potential. It cannot reach its optimum level of health.

Symptoms such as fever, stomach ache, sore throat, bed wetting, poor posture, hyperactivity, and frequent colds or flu may be evidence of subluxations. These symptoms are really warning signals that something is not right. The real root problem may well be spinal subluxations or pelvic imbalances.

When the vertebrae/spine bones are in their proper positions, the nerves pass from the spinal cord with ease. Impulses race along the nerve fibres to and from the brain relaying information and instructions without interference. When a vertebra is jarred (say from a fall) out of its proper alignment, the messages are distorted. The body no longer functions at 100%. 



This is so much going on hormonally and socially with our teenagers that our therapies can help with. There are so many pressures. Mood swings may lessen with the spine aligned correctly and muscles restored to more healthy ones. Smart phones, video games, ipads and laptops have a lot to answer for! Spending long periods of time in the same position often leads to Repetitive Strain Injury  and problems with posture, subjecting the spine to stresses that need to be sorted out for optimum health.

Activities are often done with a recklessness that may lead to injury.......

Heavy back packs don't help! It would be better to have a regular visit for Remedial and Sports Massage than resort to painkilling drugs with all their effects and addictive properties.

We will always check the back as the nerves all exit the wee holes between the bones of the spine. The nerves then travel to all the joints - so a knee problem will recover more quickly if the spine and pelvis and checked and treated, if necessary.

Self-image is all important at this time. Some parts grow faster than others and not only can this challenge the structure, but also the mental health of the teenager. Feeling clumsy and unco-ordinated makes life difficult and challenging. Skin problems are often linked to self-image and we do help teenagers with this at BCC.

Mental Health Problems can be helped with Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Re-imprinting. Eating problems may well respond to this or the relaxation and balancing of a Shiatsu treatment.

Emotional Freedom Technique can give your teenager or child a skill to help him or her deal with stress. There are so many stresses at the time - from pressure to do well at school no matter what to bullying to competitive issues in sport, dating and socialising.

We get a lot of questions about 'growing pains'. Growing pains usually refer to muscular aches and pains which respond amazingly well to Swedish Massage or Remedial and Sports Massage. They really aren't to do with growing difficulties but more to do with using muscles that are growing. Children usually have a greater range of movement and these movements may seem unco-ordinated and leg and back cramps are common. It is often given as a diagnosis when the doctor doesn't know what is wrong. (A bit like 'viruses' and 'stress' are given out as diagnoseses for adults).

The pains flit about from one joint to another and can wake the child/teenager. Teenagers do like their sleep! Massage and gentle exercises to stretch and strengthen will usually help. It is wise to get a check-up.

We recommend an osteopathic check up to ensure that your child is growing up with a balanced physical structure to achieve health and happiness. We would advise an immediate appointment if your child starts to limp or if there is redness or swelling over a joint. There are problems such as Oschgood-Schlatter disease, Hip Dysplasia and Perthe's disease that should be diagnosed as soon as possible.

A good diet is essential for all the growing and repairing that is going on! Supplements of minerals and vitamins are often a great idea. See more information on our Naturopathy article.

Bodywork also encourages the body to release its own pharmacy of anti-inflammatories and feel good hormones. Improving the nervous system also means the immune system can do its job.

  • Massage and Reflexology work with the body to create the balance it needs to repair and rebalance.
  • Advanced Remedial Massage and Osteopathy work to bring the joints into correct positioning and motion. Certain positions are used and then the child has to push or pull as directed. They usually find this FUN! We can use the same treatment for adults but direct manipulation may be best for them!

Children with sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries from playing instruments or at computers are treated commonly in Brooks-Carter Clinic. We also have high level athletes.

The reality is that an assessment and treatment can often sort out the problem far more easily and quickly at this age, than in adulthood, with far reaching results.

Treatment is non-invasive so really is the best option. Start with an assessment and treatment here before you embark on drugs and treatments that don’t work with the body and can cause addiction and other problems.


Problems such as colic, ear infections, ‘glue ear’, problems with sleeping, eczema, allergies, asthma & reflux, all respond to both reflexology & massage. You may need to bring your baby for a treatment session when the therapist can advise you how you can help with pressing on certain reflex points e.g. in baby's teething problems. 


Prevention is always better than cure! A regular Remedial and Sports Massage will encourage better performance with less risk of injury. This work helps children and teenagers be the best that they can be as well as helping them to better health. Better health means good healing if an injury does occur.

Working with massage does help to clear the mind and allow people to make decisions that were difficult before. Teenagers find this a bonus - as do adults!

Pre-event massage, post-event massage - it all helps the young athlete. We regularly see gymnasts, footballers, hurdlers, high jumpers, dancers, marathon runners and so many more.


Being touched helps to regulate the spleen and stomach meridian and gives balance and safety to the body. Having a fully clothed, relaxed shiatsu treatment can have far reaching effects. Harald can also give you advice on certain points that may help your child or teenager with a specific problem. These points can be used to relieve headaches, for example. 

Shiatsu is a great way of working with babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. It is empowering.


Mental Health Problems can be helped with Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Re-imprinting. These therapies work particularly well with children and teenagers and if they are having problems with stress at home or school manifesting in sleeplessness, anxiety, mood swings and difficulty in coping, do have a look at these pages and talk to one of our therapists.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - the Tapping Therapy that works by releasing blockages within the energy system that are causing emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages in our energy system, in addition to challenging us emotionally, often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours. All this makes it hard to lead a harmonious life. This can result in physical signs and symptoms - migraine, pain, emotional upsets, lack of confidence, poor self esteem, feeling 'stuck' or addictive behaviours. It is now widely accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and disease. This is why EFT helps in chronic pain and many other conditions.

Download our EFT leaflet

EFT is:

  • a tapping therapy - the fastest growing therapy in the world facilitates a 'straightening out' of our energy system
  • a form of psychological acupressure using tapping i.e. without needles
  • based on the same energy meridians that have been used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years

EFT is: simple tapping with the fingertips to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head, chest and hand while you think about your specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. At the same time, you repeat the words of your problem and include a form of a positive affirmation of acceptance.

Successful treatments include those for chronic pain, illness, trauma, abuse, phobias, self sabotaging behaviour patterns, deep set emotional conditions of anxiety, depression and addictions.

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.

  • We can use EFT for self-devaluation issues, past traumatic events, anxieties, insomnia, up and coming stressful events, chronic conditions and all kinds of pain. The list is endless.
  • We can tap on our own historical events that are still limiting and affecting our lives today. Family arguments that are triggered every Xmas for example!
  • We can tap on a future event such as public speaking, an exam or a visit to the dentist. The intensity of our feelings of anxiety, dread or fear can be reduced and thus be managed more easily.
  • We can use it on our children! We can show our children this tool for dealing with stress. (Some practitioners work in schools).
  • We can show our teenagers - stress reducing tools are essential in this day and age.

Suppressing how we feel, locks and blocks energy.

The energy tied up in past issues is draining and affects health and well being. The limiting beliefs that come from these upsetting events, we can’t let go of, spoil our opportunities for being happy in the moment and achieving what we want in the future.

Massage, Osteopathy, Reflexology, Shiatsu and all the BCC therapies can help healing. However, adding in some emotional acupuncture can be the final piece of the jigsaw and help us to sleep better, feel happier, breathe more easily and thus have more energy. This will then assist healing of worrying conditions (e.g. ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and reducing pain in most situations.

Negative beliefs will influence healing. Emotional disharmony affects health – this is now being accepted across the board. Reducing stress levels helps our whole system. We are far less likely to get sick if we are working to keep ourselves happy and more at peace encouraging our system to keep moving energetically.

These techniques do not discredit the medical and psychotherapeutic professions, but rather serve to contribute to a holistic healing process. EFT can be used alongside all other therapies.

If you would like to try EFT on yourself, or your children, then use the instructions below or download the leaflet. They are a great self-help tool, one that you can use anytime and anywhere!

If you would like to work with a therapist you can book an EFT session with Fabienne or Maggie. There are many techniques now, to help you, if self tapping is not enough.

If you have experienced what we call a big-T Trauma, then working with a therapist enables the process to be more effective. We do not advise trying to do EFT on yourself for big Traumas e.g. accidents, child abuse etc.

Please get in touch with the Clinic. Leave your number if you would like to chat about this first. Maggie and Fabienne like to do a complimentary chat to discuss what you wish to achieve and how we can work as a team to achieve it. You are in the driving seat.

Our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system"

It is now increasingly accepted that emotional disharmony is a key factor in physical symptoms and dis-ease and for this reason EFT is being used extensively on physical issues, including chronic illness with often astounding results. As such, these techniques are being accepted more and more in medical and psychiatric circles as well as in the range of psychotherapies and healing disciplines.

Our bodies are capable of self-healing. If this was not true then we would be extinct as a species by now. EFT respects this fact and works with the body’s intelligence with the use of this simple tapping psychological acupuncture.

We really can rely on our biology rather than big pharma.

Why choose this form of therapy?

  • it is a positive proactive experience
  • often works when nothing else seems to
  • usually rapid, long lasting relief of symptoms
  • no drugs or equipment needed

EFT restores awareness and trust in the natural healing abilities of our mind and body, providing ground-breaking opportunities to achieving physical and emotional well-being in a faster time frame.


Before you start tapping, evaluate your level of discomfort, pain or emotional charge, from 1 being very little to 10 being very high.


Karate Chop: Find it in the middle of the fleshy part on the outside of the hand between the top of the wrist bone and the base of the little finger.             (Small Intestine meridian)                                                

Eyebrow Point (EB): At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose. (Start of Bladder Meridian, Stomach Meridian)

Side of the Eye (SE): On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye. (End of Triple Warmer Meridian, Beginning of GallBladder Meridian)                             

Under the Eye (UE): On the bone under an eye about 1 inch below your pupil.       (Stomach meridian)              

Under the Nose (UN): Between the bottom of your nose & the top of your upper lip.    (Governing Meridian)                                          

Chin (Ch): Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip.    (Central Vessel)   

Collar Bone (CB): Junction where sternum, collarbone and first rib meet. Put your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down toward the navel 1 inch and then go to the left (or right) 1 inch.       (Kidney meridian)                

 Under the Arm (UA): On the side of the body, on the ribs about 4 inches below the armpit. (Spleen Meridian)

Under the Breast (UB): Below the breast in line with the nipple.  (Liver Meridian)                                       

Thumb (Th): On the outside edge of your thumb at a point even with the base of the thumbnail. (Lung meridian)

Index Finger (IF): On the side of your index finger (the side facing your thumb) at a point even with the base of the fingernail. (Large Intestine Meridian)         

Middle Finger (MF): On the side of your middle finger (the side closest to your thumb) at a point even with the base of the fingernail. (Pericardium/Heart Protector Meridian)

Little Finger (LF): On the inside of your baby finger at a point even with the base of the fingernail. (Heart Meridian)

You are going to tap on these points if you feel stressed or can't sleep. You can go slowly with the breath or just tap along as you feel like it. Tap about 8 times on each point, doesn't matter which side or which hand and the order isn't essential either.

After doing one round of tapping, your score may come down. If it doesn't then persevere, or consider any other feelings that are coming up. Perhaps you need to change the 'set-up'. a

Once your score has come down, you are feeling a little lighter then we go to the 9-Gamut point. This is located on the back of the  hand in the web between the fourth finger and pinky. There is another procedure using this point at the end.


DECIDE ON YOUR ISSUE. This is your choice.

GIVE IT A SCORE – 10/10 being the worst; e.g. 7/10 depending on how strong it feels to you


"Even though I am scared of my drink/drug problem, I am learning to love and accept myself just the way I am.”

“Even though I have this anxiety about my daughter, I am learning to love and accept myself just the way I am”

“Even though I have this severe pain in my back, I love and accept myself as I am” or

"Even though I have this pain, I am LEARNING to love and accept myself as I am".

“Even though I fear making this speech I love and accept myself.”





What is your score now? Has it come down a bit? If not, is there another emotion more apt? 

If your score has come down you can change the statement – “Even though I have these remaining feelings of….., I love and accept myself as I am”


Both Maggie Brooks-Carter and Fabienne Brilland have trained as an EFT practitioners. Fabienne works exclusivley on skype and What'sApp. Maggie works on-line and in person in Aberdeen.

Maggie also uses it alongside Meta Health Coaching and Meta Kinetics work and sometimes, during osteopathic treatments if time allows. You cannot separate pain from the emotions and the mind which is why these therapies are so effective.

Fabienne uses it alongside another therapy called 'focusing' and also with her knowledge of Meta Health.

We have both found that using EFT which links a positive statement of acceptance with the way we feel, frees energy.

Einstein said ‘everything is energy’ including our bodies. The potential then is HUGE! This seems a forgotton truth, going by Western Medicine.

All the therapies offered by Brooks-Carter Clinic support the phases of disease/pain and healing. They work well alongside orthodox medicine as well as on their own.



 Energy work that works to balance you so that the body can heal itself as it is designed to do.

  • Originating in Japan around 530BC, Shiatsu follows the Chinese Medicine dogma that illness occurs when the person is out of sync with nature and the way they were intended to be.
  • Similar to acupuncture, it works to regulate the flow of energy or ‘qi’ thus maintaining health in all ages. Qi is the vital energy in the body that underlies all functions.
  • Qi flows in specific pathways known as meridians
  • Shiatsu practitioners can detect which meridians are too energized and those which are lacking. Either imbalance can lead to what we call disease.
  • Thus shiatsu can keep us healthy by allowing the practitioner to balance our energies BEFORE WE HAVE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS!
  • Specific points called Tsubos) are pressed on the major meridians of the body to cause energy to flow more easily. Areas can become congested. This congestion can contribute or cause many signs and symptoms including the circulation itself.
  • Pressing on certain points can lower stress levels dramatically. Lowering stress levels is the key to all healing
  • Allowing better energy to flow, brings about a rejuvenating effect that gives us more energy
  • Redirecting ‘qi’ helps the mind too. The busy mind can often not let go of its worries. Shiatsu helps a person feel more centred, strong and confident.
  • Stressful emotions can be calmed e.g. grief, allowing a more gentle letting go/release resulting in a feeling of peace.
  • Shiatsu helps with relaxation which so many find difficult.
  • Relaxation effects make breathing more efficient. We can affect our health by changing our breathing to breathe into the abdomen rather than up in the upper chest. This is good practice.
  • Improving circulation will assist in reducing inflammation.
  • Pressing on certain relevant points (depending on the site) will help to relieve pain. Others ease tension in muscles and stiffness in joints.
  • Specific points help to stimulate digestion and absorption. This means that toxins are released from the body more easily and nutrients are utilized more readily




Regular Shiatsu can help you move forward feeling more confident, strong and with renewed vitality.


ALL Bodywork encourages the body to release its own pharmacy of anti-inflammatories and feel good hormones.

A Shiatsu Practitioner also uses the 5 Elements – another useful ancient oriental diagnostic and healing tool as each element, (like the meridians) support each other, namely: Fire, Wood, Metal, Water and Earth.

Who would benefit?


We could list the many signs and symptoms that affect people’s lives negatively.


However, the most important point is that Shiatsu treats the WHOLE PERSON. It is working to balance the mind, body and emotions as these cannot be separated (as they often are in orthodox medicine.)


This explains why so many are delighted with the improvement in constipation, painful arthritic joints, headaches, overwhelm, anxiety, obsessing about work, memory problems, period pain, nausea, asthma and so on.


Treatment is non-invasive so really is a great option for long or short term problems or to improve general health. Try Shiatsu before you embark on drugs and invasive explorations and treatments.

At Brooks-Carter Clinic our team of Osteopaths and self-employed Therapists offer a diverse choice of therapies for you to choose from and you will always be well looked after by Administrator, Maureen!

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