In May 2009, I was looking for help and advice for an extremely painful and disabling arthritic hip – preferably avoiding surgery – and I found Robin’s website on Google. I chose to approach him because he offers both osteopathy and naturopathy and, having read a great deal about the importance of diet and supplements in controlling arthritis, Robin’s “holistic” approach attracted me.
After an initial visit, Robin agreed to do what he could to help me. He started to give me treatments to free-up the hip and suggested changes to my diet and an exercise programme. Following an X-Ray, however, it was clear that I had advanced degenerative changes in the right hip together with (milder) degenerative changes in the lower lumbar spine and left hip: I chose to have surgery, which seemed to me to be the best course of action. Robin helped me to prepare for the surgery, doing his best to maintain as much muscle tone and mobility as possible. Following surgery, Robin helped me “get back on my feet”.
I continue to have sessions with him on a regular basis, with a view to slowing down arthritic changes in the other hip and lumbar spine, and increasing mobility in the operated leg. As a measure of success, this time last year I was unable to walk very far and had to give up horse-riding because of pain and loss of mobility. I am now back to regular 10-mile walks and to horse-riding (albeit at a somewhat gentler pace!) and have just come back from an “Adventure Holiday” in Africa, which I could not possibly have undertaken this time last year. In a nutshell, Robin has given me back my life(style)!
On a personal level, 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.