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Alexander Osteopathic Clinic in London

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About The Practitioner

I initially trained as a professional violinist, as which I travelled extensively performing in this country and abroad, my most recent trip being an 11 day stint in Bahrain playing in a production of (what else!) The Sound of Music!  It was as a musician that I developed a keen interest in postural work through Alexander technique, which I’ve been practising for over 20 years. It’s my own ‘Osteopathic take’ on Alexander technique that I use in my treatments and self care plans.

I changed tack in 1999 when I decided to re-train as a massage therapist which I did in parallel with my music for a while. I extended and continued my studies in 2001 at The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) from where I graduated in 2005 with a BSc in Osteopathic and Naturopathic Medicine. Since then I’ve also trained in Cranial Osteopathy, modern acupuncture (also known as dry needling), ultrasound therapy and orthotic prescription (shoe inserts with arch supports). With this very wide skills base, I believe that I am able to provide truly holistic healthcare ‘from head to toe’!

Since graduating I’ve gained invaluable varied experience working in Osteopathic practices in Maldon (Essex), Hemel Hempstead, Edgeware, Kings Cross and Camden and treated all sorts of patients including celebrities such as Caroline Quentin, Alexander Armstrong and Alison Steadman.

In January 2009 I opened the Alexander Osteopathic (Alexander being my middle name) and have been building the practice ever since!

Osteopathy isn’t just for backs!!

It’s a method of diagnosing and treating most of the conditions/diseases that cause pain in the human body.

Often people believe that Osteopaths just treat bones, namely the back – however, in our intensive four year training we learn to treat bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the stuff that holds all this together – fascia. This means we can treat thumbs and big toes as well as headaches; and everything in between including, yes, backache!

If you’re not sure if Osteopathy can help you, pop into the Alexander clinic any time for a free 15 minute consultation and find out if it can!

Foot Pain Clinic

When walking, over twice your body weight goes through your foot (even more when running or jumping), and this happens about 10000 times per day! So it’s not really surprising that small imbalances in your foot can lead to large amounts of pain!  This may appear purely as foot pain but can also cause pain into the low back and sometimes even the neck!

As your foot hits the ground its primary function is to absorb the impact with the ground, and then to mould to the ground to give you a stable foothold. As this happens, the arch of your foot flattens and your leg rotates inwards. If you have flat feet, too much rotation can occur resulting in you adopting a ‘knock kneed’ posture, your legs to rotate inwards, your pelvis tipping forward and your back over arching. This can cause foot, calf, knee, hip and back pain, and maybe pain in your upper back or neck.

 Orthotic devices are shoe inserts that provide support to the arch and rebalance the foot so that it works more efficiently and takes the strain off the rest of the body. ‘Off the peg’ and custom fitted orthotics are available, including devices specifically intended for sports shoes or high heels.

If you’d like to know more about orthotics feel free to contact Osteopath Paul Costin at the Alexander clinic on 020 8373 0435 or by email. Alternatively pop in for a free 15 minute assessment to see what orthotic therapy can do for you!

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3 The Broadway
Hyams Park
London E4 9LQ

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