I am passionate about transforming pain by creating effective long term solutions that put the individual in control. I’m a pain specialist, initially trained as an osteopath (4 year Masters Degree), and I have a Fellowship of Applied Functional Science (in-depth human movement/bio-mechanics) from the Gray Institute in the U.S.
I’ve learnt from some of the world’s leading experts in the latest evidence-based pain science and neurology, and combine this with in-depth contemporary understanding of human movement.
I have extensive experience in sports and exercise, and treat athletes at any level, from beginner to elite. I’m a keen triathlete myself, and have completed the half Iron Man distance, and I’ve previously been a rower, rowing coach and gymnast; I understand the importance of movement, motivation and community involved in much sport and exercise.
These skills, along with extensive clinical experience, inform my commitment to changing how people and communities deal with pain, in order to positively impact how it is addressed.
My experience in pain problems is that health is subjective and only the individual can decide if they feel better or back to normal, regardless of tests, scans or expert opinion. It is a whole person experience.
My philosophy is about helping you overcome pain so that you can lead a productive and fulfilling life, with meaningful goals and tangible progress.
I use a whole-person-approach which is an active and engaging process that looks at the various influencing factors that can cause and maintain pain.
This can include things like dampening the sensitivity of the nervous system (neuro-plasticity), creating more successful movement patterns (biomechanics), and changing cognitive aspects which can involve pain-education and behaviour.
Pain is logical in many cases: if we break a leg we understand why there’s pain, and there’s a logical road to recovery - even though it’s not pleasant we have expectations of progress and therefore a degree of control, which makes us generally happier dealing with the process.
But often pain is ‘invisible’, and when it’s ongoing and doesn’t make sense, the ‘roadmap’ for recovery may be fuzzy. Often we have been led to believe we have pain because of ‘weakness’ or an ‘injury’ that will always be an issue.
The reality is that the human body is much more robust than we are may think: old ‘injuries’ or ageing do not inevitably cause chronic unresolved pain.
My approach provides active solutions specific to you. It’s responsive, meaning it adapts to how you respond, and it’s ultimately goal focused - whether that’s being able to work without being limited by pain or finish a marathon.
All pain is real, whether there’s an obvious medical reason for it or not. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or lead a more sedate lifestyle.
Pain is our normal alert system, it’s the nervous system’s call to action, how it tells us that something needs to change.
How and why a person experiences pain is specific to them, it’s unique; by that definition it is different to anyone else’s pain. It has many influencing and contributing factors, and persistent or chronic pain is often much more than, and potentially very different to, ‘injury’ or ‘damage’.
Influencing factors can involve a mix of biomechanical, physical or structural aspects, as well as neurological, biological, behavioural and or cognitive mechanisms. Working to understand this mix is crucial in getting to the heart of any ongoing pain issue. We are a dynamic system that is highly changeable and we all have amazing scope to adapt and improve.