Health is something I am deeply passionate about and becoming an osteopath is something I am extremely grateful for. With a background in sport rehabilitation therapy and personal training I am strongly focused on preventative care and helping people to be the best they can. As such, I believe that educating my patients to take a proactive role in the management of their health and wellbeing is an essential part of my role as an osteopath.
I have always had a keen interest in Sports, rugby especially but always seemed to struggle with injury. Sports Science helped me understand the necessity for proper conditioning, flexibility and nutrition in sport. Sports Rehabilitation helped me understand the necessity for strength and stability, agility and self-management. It was not until I was introduced to the power of the adjustment that it all fell into place. In fact my first adjustment was from an associate of Dr Vivian Lyle whom had a clinic at the gym where I was working. Having experienced lower back pain through playing lots of sport, high volumes of training and having it relieved from getting adjusted, I decided ‘I want to do that, I would like to help people like that’.. I studied for 5 years at Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Osteopathy to build on my post graduate diploma in Sport Rehabilitation and my first degree in Sport Science.
While studying osteopathy I continued to work as a sport rehabilitation therapist and personal trainer prescribing and demonstrating customized rehabilitation programs for clients in addition to weight loss, strength training and sports massage. After graduation I began to practice at the gym where I worked which was fantastic to have a community and the support from the people there. I worked there for eight years but unfortunately lockdown happened and the gym was forced to close permanently. I was very fortunate when Suzie Fogdon mentioned there may be an opening at Back In Line for me. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to join such a great team.
It is a huge privilege as a healthcare professional to be in a position of service and help people. Anybody, young or old that comes to you in pain and takes an active role in their treatment, works with you on the processes and mechanisms of recovery. They take on board your advice, make a few lifestyle tweeks and you see them go from strength to strength. That is rewarding, that is the ideal.
I use a variety of techniques from spinal manipulation therapy, to dry needling, soft tissue techniques for relaxing muscles and rehabilitation exercises but treatment is always patient centred. Which means treatment is very much tailored to what best suits the patient at that time.
Outside of the clinic you will find me juggling daddy day-care with personal training and training myself. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for cycling and golf. Both very time consuming but I try to make the most of them when I can. I now get adjusted regularly, I pay attention to what I eat, and I make time to properly relax. One element supports the other and helps me to manage my health which enables me to do the things I love.