Gary Hickling M.Ost
Where did you train to be an osteopath?
I completed a Masters in Osteopathy at the renowned British School of Osteopathy (now known as University College of Osteopathy) in London.
I have since completed a postgraduate qualification as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, completing the prestigious Gift mentor membership programme from the Gray Institute in the U.S.
Why did you decide to become an osteopath?
Having worked as a personal trainer for 18 years, I have always had an interest in biomechanics and how the body functions. I wanted to understand more about how the body can heal itself naturally and the role I could play in that process and in doing so help my patients recover from injuries and live a happier, healthier life.
What's your treatment style like?
I am passionate about combining hands on osteopathic treatment with functional movement assessments to get to the root cause of my patient's pain. I believe that an individual's symptoms may not necessarily be the cause of their pain but are the result of dysfunction elsewhere in the body and, as a result, I relish the challenge of uncovering the underlying contributing factors.
My treatment approach is very 'hands on' so I use soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and articulatory techniques, alongside specialist biomechanical movement assessments, mobility and strengthening exercises to help relieve pain.
Name a fun fact someone might not know about you?
I have broken three fingers playing football as a goalkeeper.
Favourite travel destination?
This has to be two locations; Costa Rica for it's wildlife and untouched coastlines and Sri Lanka for it's food and super friendly people.
What is one of your favourite quotes?
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live - Jim Rohn