My Journey into Osteopathy started with a serious ankle sprain whilst travelling in northern India. The local hospital was over-run and under resourced, and tired of travellers the doctors told me my ankle was sprained, to contact the local crutch maker and get on with it. Without any medical knowledge and without being able to weight-bear and with the only crutch maker being out of town (for real!!) I felt pretty stuck.
I then had my first encounter with osteopathy by bumping into an English osteopath who happened to be staying in my hotel. He listened, diagnosed and explained very methodically what would happen to me and what I could do to get better quickly. At the time I assumed the contrast between the osteopath and the doctors was due to the over-stretched nature of the Indian hospitals.
I cut my travels short, returned home and confidently approached my local NHS hospital to proceed on my path to recovery. To my horror I received the same dismissal at home. Pretty much, just get on with it, although with lovely shiny crutches.
After remembering the excellent osteopathic advice I had received in India I looked up another osteopath and was immediately again given advice to help my condition. It was really at this point that I new that osteopathy provides something unique and powerful. Although I have since discovered that osteopathy is many more things what I realised at that time is that between being optimally well and severe injury is a large area. The NHS does a wonderful job at severe illness and injury, but once you are out of these categories you are left to get on with it. And this is one of the many places that osteopathy can help.
In 1997 I continued my Osteopathic journey by enrolling to study Osteopathy at BCOM (British College of Osteopathic Medicine).
Since graduating I have spent 18 years treating patients in Brighton, Cornwall, London and New Zealand.
In 2007 I decided to set up Brighton Osteopathy & Sports Injury Clinic.