Michael O'Driscoll
B.Ost., B.Sc.(Hons), Dip.(Sports Injuries & Massage)

Where did you train to be an osteopath?

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Osteopathy from the College of Osteopaths in London, as well as Diploma’s in Sports Injuries and Holistic Massage. As a result I use a wide variety of techniques when working with patients to ensure the best possible patient management plans.

I am also a Level 1 Titleist Certified Professional, where analysing specific movements related to the golf swing enables me to work closely with golfers of all ages and abilities, preventing injury and potentially improving the golfers swing.

I am a registered member of the General Osteopathic Council and am fully insured.

Why did you decide to become an osteopath?

I worked for many years at a desk; initially as a research scientist, then working in information technology. Despite enjoying various sports in my free time, being ‘stuck’ in a poor posture for much of the working day took its toll on my body.

A career change to Osteopathy not only helped me with my own chronic problems, but now gives me great satisfaction in helping others deal with their own musculoskeletal problems.

What’s your treatment style like?

I primarily use structural techniques such as touch, physical manipulation and mobilisation, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, aid movement and relieve muscle tension and pain.

Where appropriate, I will also advise on posture and exercise as well as relevant lifestyle factors; to aid recovery, promote health and prevent the symptoms recurring.

Name a fun fact someone might not know about you?

I used to have a very long ponytail and ride a motorbike – fortunately all photographic evidence of the ponytail seems to have been lost!

What do you do to relax?

I have always enjoyed participating in sports – though being generally enthusiastic, rather than being terribly talented! I’m a big golf fan and working on improving my swing (and trying to get a respectable handicap!).

I also ‘inherited’ a big, soppy golden retriever through meeting my wife, so dog walking now plays a big part in my life. Definitely a case of love me, love my dog!

Favourite movie?

Monty Pythons’ Life of Brian … what have the Romans ever done for us?

Favourite travel destination?

Anywhere warm … with good food.

What is one of your favourite quotes?

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom. (Terry Pratchett).

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