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Muddy tries osteopathy…

Over the years I’ve visited reflexologists, chiropractors, hypnotherapists, reiki masters and now, at the grand old age of *insert something favourable here, I’ve been to an osteopath. As a lifestyle journalist, I know that alternative therapies really do divide people. But let me say this; I have never been to an alternative therapist and left worse than I went in. Fact. And most times I go back for more treatments. So, now we have that out of the way (believe me, it really does divide people), here’s how I found my session at Sollus Healthcare Osteopathy (oh, and great timing to get your back in shape before your hollibobs).

So who is Bob and Sollus Healthcare?

Bob (it says Robert on his site, but he looks more like a friendly Bob : ) is the principal osteopath and owner of The Sollus Healthcare Clinic. I liked Bob as soon as I met him (I’d seen many of his missives on social media, he’s a very active digitally savvy osteopath), and he approached Muddy as he felt women like me (i.e. the Muddy audience), would love to know a bit more about osteopathy, and namely Sollus.

So, what the bejesus is osteopathy?

Osteopathy was developed by an American called Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. He worked as a frontier doctor during the American Civil War and became disillusioned with the practice of medicine at that time as it seemed to be killing as many people as it cured! After witnessing the death of his children from meningitis, and being unable to help them (pretty harsh), he looked for an alternative, more effective approach to healthcare. Osteopathy came from Still’s understanding of the musculoskeletal system, natural immunity and the body’s ability to heal itself (all covered in more detail on Bob’s blog, but you get the drift). So, this basically means that it is not just for ‘bad backs’, but can be used to treat shed loads of problems including headaches, neck, shoulder and back pain, hip pain, osteoarthritis and those ‘niggly’ sports injuries that never seem to go away.
It can treat people of all ages, kids included, and I’ve spoken to friends who have a life long relationship with their osteopath (like taking their car to a garage for an MOT).

Why Sollus?

Bob is very into the whole holistic approach of health (in conjunction with medical support if required), and says osteopathy makes sense to many people because it seems to match their own world views. And Bob in particular doesn’t label his patients with this illness, or that, he looks at lifestyle, outlook, the whole picture to make life better, whatever the problem. Plus his practice is in a lovely setting at the Chris Moody Centre, which hosts lots of highly specialised clinicians who use the sports therapy facilities in order to facilitate their patients’ rehabilitation journey (there are two hydrotherapy pools, a cryotherapy chamber, a 25m swimming pool, eight consulting rooms, a rehabilitation suite and even an ice bath). It’s also out on the Pitsford Road in moulton, surrounded by fields and fresh air, you feel calm as soon as the car pulls up – hommmmmm.

I went for one treatment, and Bob was super friendly, professional and got to the heart of my problem shoulder right away! While one treatment can sometimes resolve a problem, he said that 2-3 treatments is more typical.

Unfortunately I couldn’t take a pic of me lying on the bed

Are osteopaths qualified?

All osteopaths have to complete a four or five year degree course which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics as well as undergoing a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training. Bob has a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathy and a Level 4 Diploma in sports & remedial massage. He is also registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Plus he smiles a lot, a big plus in the Muddy book; and my shoulder has been hunky dory since I left!

The verdict

Along with reflexology, I can totally see how a relationship with an osteopath can help both your health and mental wellbeing. Depending on your problem, you don’t have to go every week, or even every month. But I could definitely see me benefitting from a thrice yearly visit, just to keep everything aligned and ticking over. Plus Bob likes to chew the fat, so it’s like a mini counselling session too. Bone(us)…see what I did there ; )

Sollus Healthcare Osteopathy, The Chris Moody Centre, College Gate 4 Centre, Pitsford Rd, Moulton, Northampton NN3 7QL



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