Osteopathy involves the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a variety of muscle, joint and skeletal conditions, without the need for surgery or drugs, where possible.

The overriding aim of Osteopathy is to heal your body as a whole. However, we are usually only alerted to an imbalance in our bodies when we experience symptoms such as back pain or general discomfort.

Osteopathy a non-invasive treatment

As an experienced London Osteopath in W1 & N2 I restore the natural functions of a patient’s body using hands-on techniques. By using these non-invasive methods and working closely with the lifestyle of a patient, I can help minimise or even resolve their symptoms and improve their overall health.

Osteopathy can help a range of disorders

Osteopathy is a validated, regulated and increasingly researched medical therapy which aims to address pain and other symptoms caused by a range of disorders including those incurred in the workplace, the sporting world and during pregnancy as well as general lifestyle related conditions.

As a qualified and registered London Osteopath in W1 & N2 , I help my patients understand, overcome and prevent a myriad of issues and the symptoms they may cause. I have worked with patients suffering with many different types of symptoms, including:
• Joint, neck, muscle and back pain, both chronic and acute
• Whiplash injuries
• Frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
• Spinal curvature
• Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (Jaw pain)
• Sciatica (‘Lumbago’)
• Migraines
• Tension headaches
• Workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Sporting injuries
• Pregnancy pains
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
• Fibromyalgia
• Circulatory problems
• Digestion problems
• Neuralgia
• Cramp
• Arthritic Pain
• Inability to relax

My approach to treating my patients

When treating a patient I will take into account the patient’s background, both physically and emotionally, which may then warrant the use of other approaches, such as Western Acupuncture, Low Level Laser Therapy and when appropriate, Nutritional advice and/or NLP and/or relaxation techniques.

What a few of my patients say

“Thankfully I found Robin many years ago and whenever I have a back problem he is the first person I turn to.” ML (Read More)

“I find Robin to be an extremely skilled osteopath and also a very astute and concerned individual. I can’t thank him enough for all he has done for me and I highly recommend him.” JH (Read More)

Visit an experienced London Osteopath in W1 & N2

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at either of my osteopathy clinic in London W1  & N2 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also have a clinic in North London if this is more convenient for you.

There is an increasing body of scientific evidence to support that being physically active can help us to be healthier. However, not only can exercise have a positive effect on our health, it can also make us feel happier.

It is believed that exercise increases the levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the body which are naturally produced chemicals. An increased level of these chemicals has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

As part of my Osteopathic BSc (Hons) Medicine and Naturopathic degree I undertook a study on ‘The effects of Exercise Training on Clinical Depression’, ahich was overseen by the founder of ‘Exercise on Prescription’ GP Dr Hanratty.

In addition to the physical and mental health benefits, taking exercise can also be socially beneficial.

Get outdoors and take some exercise

We are fortunate in North London to have a number of great places to get outdoors and take some exercise. On our doorstep here in Muswell Hill N2 and East Finchley N10 is Alexandra Park.

The Park is conveniently located for the surrounding areas of Finchley and Highgate. You can get more information about Alexandra Park and directions here.

Walking is a great form of exercise

A great form of exercise is walking and in North London we have access to many walking paths all around us. One such example is the Highgate and Hampstead circular walk .

The Northern Heights Circuit, as it is known, is a nine mile long self-guided trail, taking in 350 points of interest around Highgate, Hampstead and Hampstead Heath. It is broken into sections e.g. Section 1 is 2 miles long and runs between Highgate Village to Kenwood House. Section 2 is 1 mile long and runs between Highgate Village to Parliament Hill Fields.

With such great locations there’s no excuse for not getting outdoors and taking some exercise.

Nice guys finish last – well that’s how the saying goes!

While this on the face of it may not sound as if it has anything to do with me being an osteopath in London W1 I wanted to share this short video that sets out to show, with scientific evidence, how nice guys finish first.

Whilst some mean, cutthroat and envious people may temporarily exploit and gain from others, in the long run, not only nice guys but nice people really do finish first.

 

Visit an experienced London Osteopath in W1

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at either of my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also have a clinic in North London if this is more convenient for you.

 

As a registered London Osteopath in W1 and North London, I help my patients understand, overcome and prevent a myriad of issues and the symptoms they may cause.

Osteopathy is a validated, regulated and increasingly researched medical therapy which aims to address pain and other symptoms caused by a range of disorders including those incurred in the workplace, the sporting world and during pregnancy as well as general lifestyle related conditions.

5 things you may not know about osteopathy

So whether you are familiar with osteopathy or not here are 5 things you may not know:

1. The title ‘osteopath’ is registered by law

The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law (Protection of title). To practise in the UK, an osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Coucil (GOsC). It is a criminal offence for a person to claim they are an osteopath unless they are on the GOsC Register and are liable to prosecution.

2. Osteopaths undertake rigorous training

You can’t become an osteopath overnight. Osteopaths study to Degree Level leading to a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Osteopathy or a Masters Degree. A degree course may be taken over four or five years and will include anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacolog, nutrition and biomechanics with at least 1,000 hours of clinical training.

3. Seven million osteopathy consultations in the UK per year 

Osteopath registered with General Osteopathic Council and who practise in the UK carry out more than seven million consultations every year. As of 4 March 2014 there are 4,815 osteopaths registered on the UK Statutory Register of Osteopaths.

4. Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance

Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, without the use of drugs or surgery where possible. For a patients body to work well an osteopath believes that the body’s structure must also work well. Touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage are used by an osteopath to increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues and to help the body’s own healing mechanisms. In addition to the classical Osteopathic approaches I use, when appropriate, Western Accupuncture and/or Low Level Laser Therapy.

To aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring, osteopaths may also provide advice on posture and exercise.

5. Many private health insurance schemes cover osteopathy treatment

People often don’t realise that osteopathy is a fully recognised and respected method of diagnosis and treatment and that many private health insurance schemes do cover the treatment.

Visit an experienced London Osteopath in W1

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at either of my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also have a clinic in North London if this is more convenient for you.

In addition to my work as a London Osteopath in W1 and North London, I am qualified in a range of other complementary therapies including Naturopathy, Low Level Laser TherapyAutogenic Training, The Perrin TechniqueLife Coaching and (Western) Acupuncture. These therapies have both specific and general applications and can also work very well in combination with each other.

My aim through my work at my osteopathy clinics in W1 and North London is to help my patients achieve overall health of the body and of the mind.

Good nutrition plays a part in our health and well being and ensuring that our food provides us with high nutritional value is important.

This brings me to a common question – Is there a difference between fresh and frozen produce in terms of nutrition? And which is better for us?

Fresh Vs Frozen – Is ‘Fresh’ really the best?

If you believe Fresh is best then I suggest you watch the short video below (2 mins) as all may not be what is seems when defininng what is ‘Fresh’.

If we delve a bit deeper, you will see that because of logistics and picking processes it is often the case that fresh vegeatbles and fruit sitting on supermarket shelves and then in our fridge can actually lose a lot of their nutritional value. In fact, some ‘fresh’ produce can lose up to 50% of their nutritional value from the time they are picked to the time they are eaten.

Frozen vegetables and fruit on the other hand are picked when ripe and frozen immediately thus locking in the nutritional value.

Of course if you grow your own vegetables or buy them directly from a local supplier or at a farmers’ market and eat them that day, nothing will compare to the taste or nutrition.

Watch this video for a great explanation of Fresh vs Frozen …

 

It is no secret that there is always a way of improving your mental and physical condition. You can exercise the body or the mind and make improvements in your abilities to run or make calculations. It is also no secret that good physical health has positive effects on your mind but what about the other way round? As a leading London Osteopath in W1 I ask the question, can meditation have physical affects on your body?

We’ve all seen or heard of meditation. There is no doubting that meditation can calm a person, that mediation can improve the mind of a person but can it actually have an effect on your body?

More on the power of meditation

Studies have shown that meditation can sharpen the mind and that a healthy mind can in effect make physical improvements.

I want to share with you this quick and useful video that explains further the power of meditation.

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also have a clinic in North London should this be more convenient for you.

There is a lot of advice out there on how to be fit and healthy and there is also a lot of advice on what is unhealthy. We all know that fruit and vegetables are healthy foods as much as we know that ice cream is not. We know that exercising is good for you whilst doing nothing isn’t. As a leading osteopath in London W1 I just want to highlight the last point, in particular a lack of activity.

Inactivity is bad for you

There has been a lot said in the news about inactivity and its negative effect on your health. Reports have shown that long periods of sitting down is more damaging to your body than obesity and that going to the gym after hours if inactivity doesn’t reverse the effect. A particular concern for me as an experienced osteopath in London W1 is the negative effect inactivity is having on the strength of our skeletal structure, but there are many other negative effects from inactivity.

What to do about it?

Luckily the solution is simple. Get moving. Here is a useful video giving 9 tips that may save your life ’

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at one of my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also have an osteopathy clinic in North London should this be more convenient for you.

There is increased research and media coverage that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to all kinds of health problems.

As an experienced London osteopath in W1 I treat many patients whose lifestyle is having an adverse affect on their health. I was therefore interested in an article that caught my eye recently. It highlights research undertaken by two different teams of anthropologists and the conclusions they have come to with regard to the affect that our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is having on the human skeleton.

There was a time when humans were hunter-gatherers. That time has long since passed and the average person in this day and age barely has to take any physical activity to feed themselves or their families. Instead of running around and hunting all day or walking miles to the nearest shelter we are spending more time sitting down, ordering takeaways and not getting about much.

The studies by the two teams come to the conclusion that as humans turned from from being hunter gatherers and instead developed a more sedentary work style to farm and feed themselves, the human skeleton has become less exposed to stress.  They conclude that these changes in activity, rather than diet, have led to a weaker skeleton and in turn to us being more prone to osteoporosis and breaking bones.

An even more sobering thought is that the researchers warn that with the deskbound nature of peoples’ work  will lead to their bones becoming even more brittle than ever before.

The researches are turning their attention to observing how rigorous exercising affects bone density by analyzing the bones of marathon runners and athletes.

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at one of my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also, have an osteopathy clinic in North London, in East Finchley which may be more convenient for you.

 

As an experienced London Osteopath in W1 I treat many patients. There are a variety of reasons why my patients come to me but most share the same goals, to stop pain and lead a healthier and better life.

When patients first visit me one of the most common questions patients ask concerns treatment time. Such questions as “How long will it take for me to feel better?” “How many treatments do I need?” are common questions. As I treat everyone of my patients as an individual and tailor a plan to specifically suit their needs there is no ‘standard’ answer to these questions.

Everyone is different

It’s not as simple as giving a generic timeframe and session numbers to all my patients.

People are different and so are the problems they come to me with. You might have a simple issue that is relatively straightforward or you might have a complicated problem that can take a while to work out.

Short or long term!

As an experienced London osteopath in W1, resolving acute pain, wherever it is, is the relatively easy part. More difficult is understanding how the pain came about and more importantly why. While it is true to say that osteopathy can resolve pain quickly, as painkillers can often do!, unfortunately, osteopathy can be seen as a ‘quick fix’ for both acute and chronic pain.

I believe that unless at least an understanding of why the pain started; there can be an increased probability of pain returning. In my experience of treating many patients often there is a history of physical and/or emotional patterns that are underlying many acute problems. Often the patient is not aware of these and how these patterns are affecting them.

I will always endeavour to resolve my patient’s pain as fast as I can based on their needs. For one patient, the answer to their problem may be simple and require no further exploration of the underlying cause, whilst for another patient further exploration may be required.

How many treatments?

Of central importance to me as an osteopath when trying to resolve a patient’s pain both short AND long term is respecting that the patient is not just a physical entity but an integration of interwoven strands of differing qualities.

Therefore, a patient may have 2 -3 treatments or however many treatments that may be needed to resolve underlying patterns that may be the cause of their problem.

If you are suffering pain or discomfort and you would like further information on how I may help you or to book an Osteopathy appointment at one of my osteopathy clinic in London W1 please feel free to send me a message or call me on 020 8815 0979. I also, have an osteopathy clinic in North London, in East Finchley which may be more convenient for you.