Medicine runs through my family. Having studied mechanical and electronic engineering in Oxford, I have always held a natural sense of the way biomechanical forces act within our bodies - all mediated by electrical conduction of the nervous system.
Osteopathy was founded in the late 1800s by physician and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still. My passion for this practice which embraces the wellbeing of our mind, emotions and physical form, is summed up in one of his most famous quotes:
"An osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease."
Through my years of practice, I have continually witnessed the recovery of my patients and feel privileged to be a practitioner of the philosophy and mechanical principles of osteopathy.
Humans have been genetically evolving for some 300,000 years - surviving all manner of biological and environmental threats. With this in mind, I believe that any form of illness or pain only occurs as a result of exposure to toxins, trauma (emotional or physical) or genetic abnormalities. Our bodies are otherwise incredibly resilient and balanced.
In the case of trauma, pain is a natural "warning light" telling us there is a biomechanical imbalance. Trying to subdue this warning would be rather like disconnecting that red warning light on your car display.
Helping a patient understand why they are in pain is a major factor in beginning the road to recovery and successful treatment.
"Listen, Diagnose, Treat and Listen again".