Feeling unfulfilled by my original career, and suffering a few musculoskeletal problems of my own, I discovered osteopathy and decided I wanted to help others to feel better.
I qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in London with a Masters in Osteopathy (MOst) and returned to my roots in the Westcountry to practice.
Osteopathy brings new challenges every day. Each patient is an individual and each of their problems are unique. The skills I have learnt as an osteopath enable me to investigate each patient and their problems to find a solution.
I treat all patients from pregenant women to babies and children and the very elderly. It's never a good time to accept your discomfort and as an osteopath, I believe in AT Still's philosophy (he is the father of osteopathy) that:
'The body of man [is] God’s drug-store and [has] in it all liquids, drugs, lubricating oils, opiates, acids, and anti-acids, and every sort of drug that the wisdom of God thought necessary for human happiness and health.'
—Autobiography of A. T. Still
To me nature (or God if you prefer) has provided this amazing medicine chest contained within us. From the incredible organisation and growth during embryology to the outstanding achievements of elite athletes - nature is incredible!
I have a particular interest in better movement to ensure the body works efficiently. Complicated chains of muscle coordination are required for movement. When these fail, we need to identify the point of failure. I’m especially interested in the role of the brain (central nervous system) in movement patterns and using it to restore health.
I am happy to discuss any queries you may have about osteopathy.
Osteopathy can only be practiced by osteopaths and osteopaths are regulated in the UK by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Osteopaths have lengthy clinical training to ensure they are safe and are able to work independently. That means an osteopath is able to ensure you are appropriate for osteopathic treatment and to ensure any treatment undertaken is safe for you. See ‘Treatment’ to read more about how an osteopath will assess and treat you.
The training to become an osteopath involves a 4 or 5 year training which consists of a mix of traditional learning in topics such as anatomy and physiology as well as practical training in osteopathic techniques, debates on the nature of osteopathy and a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical training.
Osteopaths are committed to continuing their learning and development through an annual review system of Continued Professional Development.