B.SC. (CLIN SC.) M.H.SC (OSTEO)Click anywhere to enter site...
Let's take a look at you.
What seems to be the problem?
It’s usually simpler than you think. Much of the stiffness and physical discomfort that we put up with are the result of minor imbalances that form during childhood. With time, these minor imbalances can turn into complex quandaries.
How can I help? I'm able to identify these imbalances and breakdowns; where they're occurring, and, more importantly, identify what's causing them. Once identified, the problem is seemingly simpler to fix than first thought.
fig i & ia. Head & Neck (skull and cervical spine)
Symptom: Headaches (fig ia.)
Causes: Excessive kyphosis (rounded curvature) of the thoracic spine (upper back) affecting position of neck (protruding chin).
Treatment: Stretching the hip flexors to reduce the kyphotic curve of the thoracic spine. (fig ib.)
Close to my heart.
My fascination with movement comes from a lifetime of sports and activities. I've dedicated many hours of my life to sports, ranging from gymnastics to football, cycling to crossfit. My goal has always been to always keep moving.
In my early 20s I suffered a number of injuries that took me away from the field. But my imposed rest allowed me to focus on my studies in osteopathy. As a result, I was able to put my injuries down to imbalances and a lack of body awareness.
These days I’m fascinated by the sport of golf and helping golfers with their physical problems. It seems the perfect fit for an osteopath obsessed with finding the detail in global problems. Golf is a sport which requires the player to have awareness from their toes to their fingers in order to play well. Not only that, golfers also need flexibility, strength and power in equal measure to ensure that they can continue a lifelong involvement in the sport without discomfort or injury.
Symptom: Impingement and pain over the tip of the shoulder with overhead work. (fig iia.)
Causes: Poor range of motion and stability of scapula (shoulder blade), creating an unstable base for the upper arm to move freely.
Treatment: Fascial release to Latissimus Dorsi (fig 11a.) improves upward range of motion of shoulder blade. Prescribed exercises to improve the function of the shoulder blade.
A Hands-On Approach.
Osteopathy is a whole-body therapy that is based on the premise that body structure governs function. That is, the body has a capacity to heal and improve if it is in the correct position and alignment.
I treat muscles and joints by seeing the body as a whole and using hands-on technique. Some of these may be similar to those practised by chiropractors and physiotherapists, but I also incorporate ideas and techniques from other fields and cultures such as those used in Stretch Therapy, Yoga, Pilates and strength & conditioning.
Symptom: Pain and weakness felt over the outside of the hip.
Causes: Tight and weak gluteal muscles (fig iiia.) with drop in pelvic height creating undue stress on their connecting tendons (fig iiib.).
Treatment: Trigger point therapy to the affected muscles to ease tension. Realignment of pelvis and correction of abnormalities in the spine and lower limbs. Strengthening of gluteal muscles to prevent pain from recurring.
Do I Need to See You?
An initial consultation is necessary before the proper course of treatment can be established. This initial consultation typically follows a three step process:
1. Take a Look
I’ll note your symptoms and problem areas, as well as recording a detailed medical history.
2. Get Hands On
I’ll assess your movement habits by guiding you through a range of exercises, and determine the cause of your problem or injury.
3. Find a Treatment
I’ll establish a treatment course to alleviate the problem at hand, and get your body moving the way it was designed to do.
fig iv. Knee (Tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints).
Symptom: Clicking and catching of the kneecap (patella).
Causes: Internal rotation of the upper leg (femur—fig iva.), altering the tracking of the kneecap (patella).
Treatment: Myofascial release of hip flexors (psoas and tensor fasciae latae—fig ivb.), stretching of hip flexor and groin muscles (adductors—fig ivc.) and mobilisation of the kneecap. Correction of associated low back, pelvis, hip, ankle and foot abnormalities.
One of the benefits of working for myself is that I can choose to dress for function over uniform. Grateful for the fact that I work in a job where I’m standing and squatting 90% of the time*, recently I made the decision to commit to wearing Vibram FiveFinger shoes full-time.
I’ve been fascinated by breathing mechanics for years now. Ever since my first exposure to anatomy and physiology at undergraduate level, I have pondered the implications that movement patterns, posture and flexibility of our spines and rib cage on our health in general.