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Why I became an Osteopath

I decided to become an Osteopath following a bad road traffic accident. Thanks to the strength of my car I was able to step out of the wreckage, and apart from the shock of what had just happened, I didn’t feel too badly hurt. But days later I was sitting in my Doctor’s surgery with a very sore neck and a blinding headache.

Whiplash was diagnosed and the prognosis was good, if I took strong painkillers, a muscle relaxant and made an appointment to see an Osteopath. I had never heard of an Osteopath but on checking the Yellow Pages I found a local practice and had an appointment a few days later.

By the time I staggered into the Osteopath’s clinic, the Doctor’s drugs had worn off and I was in agony. I had difficulty swallowing and sleeping and the painkillers from my local pharmacy didn’t touch the pain. The Osteopath asked lots of questions about the accident, my injuries and medical history, then asked me to undress down to my underwear and began by examining my head, neck, spine and pelvis. I was then asked to lie on the plinth whilst she began working on the painful muscle spasms of my back and neck, finishing the treatment with what seemed like the clicking of my neck and spine.

I left that clinic with a spring in my step. My head and neck moved easily and, most importantly, I wasn’t in pain! Through no fault of my own, this accident could have cost me my life, but with Osteopathic treatment I now had a new lease of life. I was amazed that someone could take away pain with the simple yet effective use of hands-on treatment. I had to find out more…

I checked out the LThe last painkillerondon Osteopathic Schools and Colleges and decided to enrol on the four-year Bachelor of Osteopathy programme at the British School of Osteopathy. I chose this course because it provided a variety of clinical experience in busy and diverse osteopathic clinics. It offered walk-in care for anyone in pain and offered care in the community for expectant mothers, children, the elderly, sports people, the homeless and those living with HIV.

I knew that a change in career and lifestyle would be challenging. My training was rigorous and demanding but with the help and support of my friends and family I achieved my goal. I had for many years considered a profession in healthcare and, thanks to that accident, I am now an Osteopath helping others in pain and I’ve never looked back!

 

Andrew Oliver
BOst, Dip. Sports Injuries and Massage.

I employ a wide variety of techniques including: Classical, Cranial, Structural, Medical Acupuncture and Sports Massage to remedy a broad range of medical conditions, providing a comprehensive and integrated approach to osteopathy from new born babies to the mature.

I have memberships with the Institute of Classical OsteopathyBritish Osteopathic Association and the London Osteopathic Society where I attend regular lectures keeping me up to date with new treatment techniques and peer reviewed research articles. I am registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Complementing my private clinics in Blackheath and Greenwich I also work as an MSK (Musculoskeletal) Osteopath in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to my London based clinics I lecture at Oxford Brookes University, teaching intermediate and advanced osteopathic skills and techniques to 3rd, 4th and 5th year students.

I am also currently studying my Masters in the Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Pain.