The Covid-19 situation has prompted me into creating some self help videos with the help of my family who are more tech savvy than me!
Click here to view my YouTube video channel. I will be adding more videos over time which will help you learn how to stretch and maintain mobility from home.
Originally from London, I have lived in Sutton Coldfield since 1990, having got married and decided it was a great place to bring up our children. My first experience of Birmingham was when I studied at Aston University in 1984-88, when I did a degree in French and Business Administration. I did some voluntary work in Asia for year, then worked in the automotive industry for the next 15 years. In 2003 I decided to retrain as an osteopath, mostly because of the excellent results my wife had enjoyed while having osteopathy treatment during her first pregnancy. So, between 2003-2008 I attended Oxford Brookes University and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Outside of my work as an osteopath I enjoy broadening my knowledge about human health, and I regularly swim, cycle, run and practise yoga.
Osteopathy is about life-long learning…there is always so much to learn, which is why I am constantly updating my knowledge and skills. I use cranial osteopathy alongside a wide range of other techniques, including spinal manipulation, soft-tissue and harmonic techniques. My approach as an osteopath is to carefully consider each patient’s needs and to develop a treatment plan which is aimed at bringing you long-term benefits and pain relief.
Osteopaths consider the whole body as inter-related, which is why it is important to treat the whole person. Most osteopaths have areas which are of particular interest to them. Over the years I have developed a special interest in treating shoulder problems, breathing conditions, headaches, migraines, balance, and scoliosis.
This is difficult to say. Some people just need a little help, one or two sessions, whereas other people with chronic conditions may benefit from ongoing regular treatment. A lot of people choose to see an osteopath on a regular basis as a way of preventing aches and pains from deteriorating.
Osteopathy is known for being safe, gentle but effective in its approach. Some people do experience soreness for 24-48 hours after a treatment; this is a normal response.
Please wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. This is the most important thing. You may be asked to remove your outer clothing so that a full examination can be made – however, if you would rather not do this, it is not a problem.
Yes, the British Medical Association’s guidance is that GPs can safely refer patients to osteopaths, and many do in my experience.
The title “osteopath” is protected in law, which means that each osteopath must have met certain educational standards and keep up to date in their clinical practice. My registration number is 7081 with the General Osteopathic Council, the governing body.
The essence of osteopathy is to reduce people’s pain and improve their function through the skilled application of the osteopath’s hands. Osteopaths are taught how to use their hands to diagnose problems with the human body, and to use various techniques to assist the body back to health. Each person is different, so what is appropriate for one person may not be suitable for another person. To train as an osteopath takes a minimum of 4 years full-time, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Being a safe practitioner is one of the foundations of an osteopath’s training i.e. how to avoid making an injury/condition worse, and knowing when to refer the person to their GP.
Sutton Osteopathy is based within the Sutton Coldfield Health Clinic, not far from the Empire Cinema. There is usually parking at the front of the building, but there are times when the car park gets full. There are pay and display car parks about a 5 minute walk away, on Duke Street (accessed either from Duke Street, or Holland Street (then turn right into Farthing Lane) and at the rear of the cinema on Holland Road. The nearest available on street parking which is free of charge is probably on Maney Hill Road, which is a little over a 5 minute walk away.
Pete is great. he sorted my shoulder.