STEPHEN graduated as an osteopath with a first class honours degree from Oxford Brookes University, having previously worked as a geneticist and a veterinary pharmaceutical sales manager.
Stephen enjoys all sports, and played football for Abingdon Town, Hedge End Rangers and Witney United in addition to playing for Oxford Brookes University 1st XI. Indeed, it was following a sports injury, which was successfully treated by an osteopath that Stephen was inspired to pursue a career in osteopathy.
Stephen worked alongside the medical team at Oxford United FC in 2010 where part of his role was to carry out biomechanical assessments on players to highlight strain patterns that may predispose to injuries. Alongside football, Stephen is particularly interested in racket sports, cricket, rugby and golf.
Stephen is trained in the use of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, which he uses as an adjunct to his osteopathic skills. Shockwave Therapy is a new technique used for treatment of conditions such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, calcification of shoulder tendons (shoulder pain) and Achilles tendon pain. During Shockwave Therapy, a high-intensity sound wave interacts with the tissues of the body. This leads to a cascade of beneficial effects such as neovascularisation ingrowth, reversal of chronic inflammation, stimulation of collagen and dissolution of calcium build-up.
Stephen also uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) when required. LLLT is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. The use of LLLT increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
As well as sports injuries, Stephen has a special interest in problems associated with degenerative changes and the rehabilitation of occupational-related strains. Prevention is better than cure so Stephen is also available to offer advice on ergonomics and avoidance of injuries.