Common Questions


What is an Osteomyologist?

An Osteomyologist is essentially a therapist that has been trained as either a structural practitioner like an Osteopath/Chiropractor/Physiotherapist or therapist that works with emotional psychological dysfunctions.

Some Osteomyologists have a background in Clinical Medicine/Neurology and other science based practices. The Osteomyologist Association has integrated the collective experience to provide the facility for a holistic independent therapist that is not limited by one belief system.

The Osteomyologist can differ in many ways depending on their core training. My method is therefore quite different to my other colleagues in The Association, as I am trained in various methods of structural alignment and integrate my Eastern philosophy as a unique method of treatment.

The Association of Osteomyology has always had negative press, as it was assumed The Association was set up to avoid paying the fees of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic Association that we had distanced ourselves from. Whether this limited belief system is true or not for some, it has nothing to do with the effectiveness of our integrated holistic approach to therapy.

Is it the same as a Chiropractor?

For some structural work I use McTimoney Corley Chiropractic which is very different from mainstream Chiropractic. My method is non invasive and does not use ballistic (hard) adjustments. It is very holistic, which means that I treat the whole body regardless of where the problem seems to be. It is a very gentle treatment. This method is now only a small part of the full treatment I provide.

Does it hurt?

No. Although any work on a muscle that is in contraction (tight) will feel uncomfortable. The treatment is designed to alleviate pain, not cause pain. I am not in favour of the term ‘no pain, no gain’. My client base is made up of a cross section of all ages from babies, young children, and elderly. Any treatment that may hurt would prevent me from working on these patients.

Does it work?

I have a client base of over 5,000 patients, almost all are made from referrals only. I rely on word of mouth and have been in practice for over 20 years. The best testimonials come from the people that I have helped.

What is the difference between Chiropractic, Osteopathy and what you do?

Chiropractic and Osteopathy are both effective methods of hands on structural manipulation. An Osteomyologist is a practitioner that uses a variety of structural manipulation techniques, thinks, and treats holistically and is qualified in many different techniques. This makes it a holistic treatment and creates a broader picture of the patient rather than treating symptoms. I personally use the Eastern philosophy/perspective to heal within and be in control physically.

What’s the difference between what you do and Physiotherapy?

Almost everything. An Osteomyologist works using a number of complementary therapies. It encompasses a thorough analysis of everything structural, muscular, and neurological. I consider physiological effects of nutrition, lifestyle, posture, emotional influences as well as relevant contributing factors of your day to day activities. All the above can contribute to the true cause of a problem. An Osteomyologist is also happy to work with other complementary therapies and primary health care alike.

Do I have to take my clothes off for the treatment?

It depends on the treatment you need. Some patients will only require a consultation. If we are looking at a Bach Flower Remedy or you require some help with life coaching, then it will not be necessary. However, for any structural work (muscular and skeletal) it is essential that I make contact with the skin using bio feedback in muscular changes. The skin and muscle tone are an indicator of what state the body is in. You are required to undress to your underwear. We now use freshly laundered towels for each client rather than gowns due to changes with the COVID19 epidemic. It is important that you are comfortable being treated and we will find a happy medium. After conducting over 40,000 treatments it is not really an issue.

How many treatments does it take?

I will always ask for an initial 2 treatments. In this time, I would have assessed your needs and completed two thorough treatments. The first consultation is for an hour. This allows me to find out as much about you as an individual and cater my treatment to you specifically. The seven days following your first treatment your body will react and settle, usually there is an immediate benefit, however, the second treatment is essential to complete the treatment and rectify any negative reactions, if any. If it is necessary to see you for further treatments, I will recommend this based on your response. If it is not necessary or I cannot help you I WILL tell you. Our business is based on integrity.

Do you just work on back problems?

NO! If it is part of your body, it is part of the treatment. Holistic therapy involves the whole body. I incorporate physical, physiological, and emotional factors. I have found 80% of physical problems are due to an underlying emotional condition. Qualified in Advanced Cranial Osteomyology the condition of the skull is as important as the condition of the spine. The condition of the spine affects arms, legs, hands, and feet. If it hurts tell me about it. If I can’t help, I will refer you to someone who can.

What does your Doctor think?

Unfortunately, many GP’s do not appreciate or give credence to anything outside of the NHS remit. So, do not be surprised if they give you a negative reaction. For insurance reasons they are unable to refer direct to any form of complementary therapies, even if they use it themselves. They will always refer you to Physiotherapy or a Neurosurgeon. For those open-minded GP’s who will refer, they will only refer you to a registered Chiropractor or Osteopath. This infers that anyone using other techniques, who chose not to be labelled as a Chiro or Osteo and belong to other governing bodies, is not suitably qualified. This, of course, is untrue as often they have studied many fields, qualifying in numerous therapies, updating their techniques constantly. A good therapist will always come to you by personal referral/word of mouth.

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