I have been a registered osteopath in practice for over 23 years, having graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1992. I have worked in the Faringdon area for over 15 years. I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council (www.osteopathy.org.uk). I also have trained in Sports Massage, and I continue to update my skills and knowledge with regular training.
I work as an osteopath from home in the village of Fernham, near Faringdon and I also work in Bicester. I treat a range of people from the very young to those in their nineties, at all levels of fitness. I find that older people especially benefit from osteopathic treatment to help improve mobility, as it helps them to maintain a more active lifestyle.
I am passionate about helping people to help themselves, for example, by giving exercises, advising on changes to workstation layout (for work related or "repetitive strain" problems), and discussing changes in lifestyle which may help to relieve their problems.
Osteopathy is a recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that helps to restore optimal function of the musculoskeletal systems of the body in order to improve mobility and reduce pain.
Especially in the case of chronic problems, I will look at how your whole body functions so that strain is reduced on the painful area caused by mechanical problems elsewhere.
I use a number of methods ranging from massage of the muscles and connective tissues to manipulation, mobilisation and stretching of joints, tailoring my treatment to suit the needs and preferences of the patient. This helps to reduce muscle spasm and increase mobility, helping to create a healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal.