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Andy’s Story of Osteopathy

So what started as an appointment booked with Jackie to find out why I was getting severe neck pain, turned in to over ten years of osteopathic treatments (not every week for 10 years!) as and when I needed it for all the injuries and pains received from either playing hockey (in goal and on pitch) or riding motorbikes, and eventually support before, during and after I took part in the London to Brighton bike ride a couple of weekends ago.

Osteopaths give you confidence and comfort. Andy at the half way point

There is something very comforting knowing you have someone you can trust when you go to them with an injury or pain, most recently for me it was help recovering from a pair of fractured ribs knowing that I only had four weeks from the injury date to undertaking a challenging bike ride.

Danny, operating from the Blackfen practice told me that the ride was still possible and that we could get me through it as I had fully committed to this challenge for myself and to raise money for charity.  A plan was hatched and confidence given. Osteopathy has changed a little over the past ten years and now I find it is a diagnosis of the initial issue and an action plan agreed with you including  a series of stretches or exercises that will aid recovery as well as regular treatment sessions booked in with Jackie or Danny.

Osteopathy isn’t just hands on treatment

Needless to say the ride came round very quickly, now luckily for me, Jackie had volunteered to support the 12 riders also riding for my chosen charity. Without Jackie being at the half way point to help with a calf cramp issue, strapping, and nutrition as well as issuing a large dose of motivation, I’m pretty sure I would have had to retire from the challenge.

I’m happy to say that I have now referred many family members and friends to Jackie’s practice, who all say how professional and reassuring her and her team are.

Gravesham and Wellcome Hockey players with their London to Brighton Cycle Ride medals.