Wayne Twitchen, Osteopath
My approach to Osteopathy has been influenced by a considerable amount of life experience accrued before I embarked on my five year training to become an Osteopath. My background has ranged from engineering, to printing, to studying Exercise & Health Science at university and finally personal training. I am a qualified Gym instructor, got to a reasonable level in Karate (admittedly a few years back now) and still like to run. Oh, and I think being a musician was in there somewhere as well.
Although the above may read a little along the lines of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Osteopath, I am shamed by none of it. I know what its like on the shop floor, behind a desk and how a factory runs, and a little of how life works. All of this makes me no Polymath, but I have experienced firsthand the variety and sorts of daily strains that people describe to me, so if anything I see my background as advantageous.
If I can, I will help you to get better, and explain how to adapt or exercise to improve your conditions. However there is one Osteopathic principle that I particularly admire, and in plain, shortened terms it is: The body has the ability to heal itself (in conventional medicine this could be viewed as Homeostasis). In short, whatever I do as a practitioner by treating you, is greatly aided by your own ability to maintain yourself. This could be via rehabilitative exercises, lifestyle changes or subtle changes in your diet or daily activities. Arguably, you are your best healer.
Try not to think harder, think smarter – it’s a cliche but it works. Change is often achieved and sustained via small, consistent actions. As one of my patients put it, my work as an Osteopath acted as a ‘re-boot’ and helped via my initial treatments, and their continuing exercise to achieve a largely pain free lifestyle. If you think of exercise and sensible diet, think ‘Free Medicine’