What is osteopathy and the way that you apply it?
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy for problems in the musculoskeletal system and associated organs. By rebalancing and improving function of the joints and soft tissues of the body we can reduce stress on injured areas allowing them to heal. Osteopathy is also useful in injury prevention. By improving overall function of the body we can reduce stress on key areas frequently injured through sports, lifestyle and age.
I use a range of mobilisation techniques, advanced stretching techniques, manipulation, soft tissue massage and dry needling along with exercises to ensure that not only does the problem go away, if you maintain the exercises, it stays away.
What is movement coaching?
Movement coaching is the opportunity to return your body to its natural ability to move freely in complex ways. The current paradigm of fitness focuses on muscle development. Muscle, however, is just one link in a chain that creates human movement. If you strengthen only one link of a chain the result is a weak chain and a vulnerable body. Other links in the human movement chain include the brain, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, fascia and connective tissue. Movement coaching uses the most modern, scientifically proven mobility techniques to free your body from restriction whilst developing strength in all areas of your body.
To ensure we challenge all aspects of the human movement chain, in the second part of the class you will learn skilled movement patterns to ensure your brain develops as well as your body. This connection may be the most important aspect of the training, as the primary reason for evolution of the brain in all animals is to control movement. By training our brain with movement we can lay down new neuronal pathways to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and degenerative neurological diseases such as Alzheimers.
What is your area of expertise?
My area of expertise is prehabilitation. I don’t just want to return my patients to their pre-injury state. What excites me the most is empowering them to be better than they ever were, so that they are less likely to have the same problem again, more resistant to injury, more capable, and more responsible for their own health.
What areas do you specialise in or treat?
Because my style of treatment is holistic then, by definition, I don’t specialize in any areas. I am always looking for how the whole body is functioning to give a person their particular pain or problem. But in saying that, I do have a special interest in pelvic dysfunction and breathing dysfunction.
What led you to elevate?
I want to broaden people’s understanding of their own health. Elevate is an incredible platform to be able do that from.
What do you appreciate about elevate?
Working in an environment alongside a diverse range of specialists at the top of their game ensures the best healthcare available for my patients.
What are your core beliefs about wellness and health?
The current paradigm of health and wellness is incorrect. The focus on doing weights to develop individual muscles and cardio on machines in gyms is woefully inadequate. Movement is the second most important aspect of your health (after nutrition) and 99.9% of people are not getting enough.
What mistakes do patients make?
Not paying attention to their elders. Take a look at how our ageing population moves and you can see why you should start moving now. What key health lessons do you like to impart to patients? You should treat your movements like you treat your teeth… do them everyday!
What do you enjoy about your job?
I love transforming my patients’ understanding of what it means to be truly fit and healthy, and then guiding them to realise their body’s full potential. I take an equal amount of joy out of helping a 78-year-old patient learn to get up off the floor without using his hands as I do helping an elite athlete make it through their first injury-free season while setting new records along the way.
Tell us a little about your credentials
I worked as an Emergency Paramedic in the London Ambulance Service for 10 years before requalifying as an Osteopath. Being a Paramedic taught me that prevention is better than cure, so I wanted to help my patients avoid life changing incidents by guiding them towards better health practices. Having completed my studies as an Osteopath I then went on to study other aspects of health, which included a special interest in movement. I studied, and continue to study, a variety of different modalities including primal movement patterns, gymnastics, capoeira and Functional Range Conditioning, and learned under movement gurus such as Ido Portal, and ex Olympic gymnastics coach, Christopher Sommer. I have also lectured in primal movement patterns and their benefits to us as modern humans.
I now work with a range of patients including sportsmen and women, spinal injury patients and those with other neurological impairments, office workers, tradespeople, and the elderly – as both an Osteopath and movement coach.