My name is Jarvia Foxter and I’m an Osteopath, Diagnostic Radiographer and Wellness Consultant.
I became an Osteopath from my desire to work within a natural system of medicine, within a mind-body, health promotion and disease prevention framework. My Osteopathy training taught me how to feel and understand the “living anatomy” of each patient, which provides clarity when understanding each person, symptom and problem. Osteopaths are highly trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of pain, injuries and conditions. We are renowned for our refined sense of palpation and success with treating back pain, spinal and joint problems, as well as many health conditions. However Osteopaths treat the whole body, most injuries and a wide range of health and pain conditions.
My therapeutic process is grounded in Osteopathic principles, functional medicine and research and evidence in pain science, neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology. Osteopaths promote balance in the nervous system and all 4 of my treatments aim to fine tune this balance. At Integrative Wellness my therapeutic process is set within a carefully tailored ecosystem of evidence based, natural healthcare. I combine treatments with rehabilitation and education.
To read more about about my career and how aspects of my personal life inform my work, please follow the links below on this page.
- Bachelor of Osteopathy B.Ost.
- Diagnostic Radiographer B.Sc (Hons)
- Obstetric Osteopathy
- Medical Acupuncture
- Clinical Mat Pilates
- Proprioceptive Medicine
- Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
- CBT for Pain Management
- Trauma, The Brain and Recovery
- Polyvagal Theory
- Workplace Mental Health
- Mental Health First Aid (adults and children)
- Bioenergy Therapy
- Postural Neurology (qualifying 2019)
- Postural Ergonomics (qualifying 2019)
Medical Imaging | A&E | Surgery
I have worked extensively as a Radiographer in diagnostic and interventional medicine since 1993. I work as a Radiographer in private and public medicine, as well as in adult and paediatric hospitals. I predominantly work within the fields of Radiology, A&E, ITU and Surgery: neurology | orthopaedics | spinal | pain | cardiac | vascular. The most common problems I work with include: back pain, neck pain, spinal injuries, all types of joint problems, nerve injuries, neuromusculoskeletal problems and the negative effects of stress.
In both my clinic and hospital work I am fortunate to see patients at every stage of their care, from admissions, surgery to out-patients and follow-ups. As an Osteopath I am privileged to have the opportunity to share ongoing, lifetime care and relationships with many of my patients. I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of thousands of patients in radiology, diagnostic investigations, interventional procedures and surgery. I have worked with people suffering every level of pain, injury and disease state. I have first hand experience and knowledge of UK diagnostic and surgical procedures & protocols. I have been lead Radiographer since 2010 at London’s International Spinal and Pain Neuro-Modulation Symposiums.
Spinal Health | Posture | Pain | Rehabilitation
My interest in spinal health, pain, posture, plasticity, rehabilitation and recovery began during my Osteopathy education. Over the years my clinical observations reinforced my desire to study these areas more to become more effective for my patients. In 2006 I trained in Neuro-Muscular Rehabilitation with one of my Osteopathy idols Professor Eyal Lederman.
In 2014 I trained with Moss Pilates in mat based clinical pilates. Our rapidly changing culture shifting towards greater technological and digital device use has resulted in new patterns of pain and injuries. This lead me to seek out expert training in posture and ergonomics, to respond better to this cultural and physical phenomenon. In 2017 I began my education in Postural Neurology and Postural Ergonomics with The American Posture Institute (expected to qualify in 2019).
I enjoy working with pregnant women and couples, at every stage of the process, from family planning to pre- and post-natal care. In 2008, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetric Osteopathy with Dr Steve Sandler at the British School of Osteopathy. My two year research thesis explored the Osteopathic treatment of Pregnancy Related Pelvic Pain (PRPP, including SPD) compared with the standard NHS care and my research was supervised by Dr Steve Sandler. In 2007 I attended an Obstetric Osteopathy Symposium in Bavaria, with renowned Obstetric Osteopaths and Obstetrician Dr Michel Odent.
I use acupuncture to treat pain, inflammation, stress and soft tissue injuries. I completed my Postgraduate training in Medical Acupuncture with The British Medical Acupuncture Society in 2008. I am a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Sleep | Gongs | Mental Health
My special interest in sleep began in 2010 when I learned how fundamentally important sleep deficiency is in the onset and progression of mental illness and psychiatric conditions. My fascination with sleep deepened further from observing the consistently profound effects the gongs had on my patients and clients, enabling even patients with extreme pain to reach deep states of rest. This paved the way for my work in frequency medicine, neuroacoustics and sleep health. I have trained with Mental Health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness in Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid (adults and children).
My awareness of mind-body connections and the effects of stress on health began in 1995 with my yoga practice. In 1998 my understanding deepened further when I learned Vipassana meditation (SN Goenka). In 2000 I became a student of Thích Nhất Hạnh and his teaching and training have influenced the course of my personal and professional lives. Studying the mind, mind-body health and human psychology from a Buddhist perspective laid the foundations for the type of Osteopath I would become, in terms of appreciating how ‘good health and wellbeing’ require more than just a consideration of the physical body.
I first experienced the relaxing effects of sound on my body and mind with large Vietnamese Temple bells with Thích Nhất Hạnh. In the Amazon I observed shaman using powerful vocal sounds and medicine songs during healing ceremonies. This ignited my desire to learn more about sound as a therapeutic intervention. In 2013 I trained in Gongs and Sound Therapy in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan with Don Conreaux, anthropology musicologist Esteban Valdivia, Tom Soltron and Sheila Whittaker. My work with the gongs paved the way for my work in frequency medicine, neuroacoustics and sleep health. As a radiographer I work with sound to diagnose, using ultrasonic frequencies with Ultrasound. As an Osteopath I work with sound to help people reach deep levels of rest, using low frequencies with gongs.
In 2005 I participated in the first international Neuroscience & Consciousness Symposium, with a cross section of international delegates (psychologists, psychiatrists, medics, neuroscientists, engineers) and Thich Nhat Hanh in France, where we explored clinical and research questions over seven days with those of an enlightened Zen Master. Over the years, I have had the great honour of being Osteopath to the nuns at Plum Village in France.
In 2015 I studied nonverbal interspecies communication with animal communicator Anna Breytenbach in South Africa. Anna works in wildlife protection & conservation and her goal is to develop better levels of connection and understanding between humans and animals. Anna has also worked with one of my favourite scientists, Dr Rupert Sheldrake – the Cambridge based theoretical biologist behind the theory of Morphic Resonance. I first met Dr Sheldrake at a British School of Osteopathy lecture in 2005. Anna and Rupert’s work have had a profound impact on my understanding of the biological components in communication and connection
My interest in indigenous wisdom, medicine and healing practices began alongside my passion for travel and learning. Both have taken me on many unforgettable journeys around the world. I have been very fortunate to have shared many precious experiences and human encounters along this journey. I have witnessed many different types of indigenous healing practices, rituals and ceremonies. I have learned from many powerful healers, Shaman and doctors, who have shared their traditions and beliefs with me.
I have shared ceremonies, rituals and practices with indigenous people from around the world, including: the Columbian Kogi mountain people; the Uros people; the Maasai people; the Shipibo people; the Asháninka people; the Achuar people; Aboriginal women; Mongolian Tungus; Congolese Pygmy tribe; Fang tribe; South African Sangoma and in Benin Voodoo.
I have observed Mayan shaman in Mexico diagnose people with illness, using ‘animal scanning’, a technique akin to a type of ‘radiology’, except they use a chicken or another type of animal to scan people for illness, rather than an X-ray machine. In 1999 I had the honour of working with the Maasai people in Tanzania. During my time there, I was lucky to survive malaria twice, first from multi-resistant malaria and then from cerebral malaria!