Philip Austin is a very experienced and highly qualified Osteopath. He has worked in New Zealand, UK and Sweden and has recently moved to Sydney where he has settled with his wife and young family. He has worked with various elite sports and dance institutions including the British Gymnastics Team and Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden.
Phil has worked as a lecturer and clinic tutor at the European School of Osteopathy and as a guest lecturer and examiner at other colleges around Europe. Over the last 6 years, he has combined his clinical work with research in pain medicine at the University of Edinburgh and post-doctoral research at Greenwich Hospital here in Sydney.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy involves soft tissue work, stretching and manipulation of the bones and muscles to promote mobility and restore the body’s balance. Osteopaths treat disorders such as back and neck pain, headache, joint pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), sciatica, sports injuries and tendonitis. Osteopathy is an approach whose core principles are based on the relationships between the body’s structure and the way it functions both locally and as a whole. Osteopathy complements other health care systems and is valuable in the treatment and management of a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions.
What are your key areas of expertise?
The treatment and management of chronic musculo-skeletal pain conditions such as tension-type headaches, frozen shoulder, neck pain and lower back pain. I also offer pain management self-help skills, treatment and information on local multidisciplinary pain programs in Sydney for other more stubborn chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, whiplash associated disorders and chronic pelvic pain.
What do you appreciate about Elevate?
The ability to work in a friendly, multidisciplinary clinic where collaboration and sharing of information helps patients as a whole.
What are your core beliefs about wellness and health?
Having participated in sport throughout my life, I believe active participation by the patient in their rehabilitation is key to both the control and relief of chronic pain and anxiety related conditions.
What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients?
To take control of their symptoms by active participation, by adhering to realistic step-by-step programs be it physical rehabilitation, diet or general lifestyle advice.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Seeing people leave the clinic either pain-free or able to successfully manage and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Aside from working at Elevate, I work as a postdoctoral researcher at Greenwich Hospital where I am investigating levels of internal pain modulation in people with chronic pain and the effects of spiritual care in people with different chronic and terminal conditions. Additionally, I am a clinical tutor for the M.Sc in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow with the Osteopathic Medicine department at Victoria University. I also am a member of the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council.
What are your credentials?
I hold a PhD in Pain Medicine and a Masters in Pain Management gained at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. I also hold a Bachelors of Osteopathy with Honours and a Diploma in Osteopathy both gained at the University of Wales (European School of Osteopathy).
I work as a clinical tutor for the M.Sc in Clinical Management of Pain at the University of Edinburgh and I have also recently accepted an Honorary Fellow position with the Osteopathic Medicine department at Victoria University and I work with the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council.
Read about Phil’s research on his website: http://www.osteopathy-chronicpain.com/