Tom graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, a college famous worldwide for the diversity and adaptability of its practitioners. As a result he is equally comfortable treating standard musculoskeletal problems or more complex long-term dysfunctions but his particular passion and speciality is sports injuries and rehabilitation.
He comes from a long line of doctors and vets, so healthcare was a natural choice for him, however he was always more interested in treating people practically using his hands rather than with drugs. Once he had observed several osteopaths at work, he felt this was the career for him due to the holistic style of treatment and the greater contact time with patients.
Tom has a strong love of sports, particularly snow sports, road cycling, mountain biking, running, football and kayaking. This led him to study an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary’s University of London, which he graduated from with honours in 2015.
He is qualified in the use of kinesio taping, which is very useful for certain sports injuries, and also in dry-needling, which is a Western form of traditional Chinese acupuncture. Although he doesn’t use this with every patient, some will benefit considerably from this approach, particularly those in sudden acute pain, where more conventional osteopathic mobilisation may not be possible.
Tom finds most symptoms can be eased considerably with the correct treatment approach. This often involves the release of tension from the smooth muscle and the promotion of venous drainage away from the affected areas. This is something that only a manual therapy such as osteopathy can achieve, and it can be done in a gentle and non-invasive way.