I always wanted to work in a profession that allowed me to feel like I was improving people’s lives in some way. Having worked in a high-pressured sales environment for many years, I began to develop chronic work related injuries that almost ended my career.
Through rehabilitating myself, I discovered the wonderful world of alternative medicine and osteopathy, and knew this was what I wanted to do!
I trained for 5 years at the British School of Osteopathy in London ( Now called the University College of Osteopathy ). The training was incredibly thorough, intense and challenging, but also extremely rewarding. Just to add an extra special twist, my partner and I had twins during the second year of the course!
I have worked in quite a variety of private clinics now and treated patients from all walks of life. During my time at the BSO I was involved in outreach clinics providing free osteopathy services to the homeless and HIV patients, as well as a specialist clinic working with pregnant patients. I also have the fantastic privilege of being one of the few osteopaths in the UK to work in an NHS hospital setting. I work as the sole osteopath in an NHS physiotherapy outpatients department.
It would be hard to pick a favourite patient, however I am fascinated by pain and the majority of my patients are struggling with some sort of pain that makes them all interesting to work with! I love working with my patients collaboratively as a pain detective, joining the dots together to get to the root of the problem.
I use various different hands-on techniques like joint articulation, manipulations and deep-tissue massage, for example, but also plenty of active rehabilitation strategies such as stretches and exercise. An important part of my treatment involves empowering patients with the knowledge of why they hurt and coming up with strategies together to improve their quality of life going forwards.
My twins certainly keep me on my toes, and quite literally now they have taken up cross-country, much to my joy. I’m a keen runner, having run the London and Paris marathons, but may have up my game now the kids are snapping at my heels. I can also be found out on the waves, cruising underneath one of my kitesurfs!
I would love to help osteopathy become more freely available to patients across the UK including within the NHS outpatients setting