2301, 2017

Scoliosis- Physiotherapy student perspective of osteopathy

By |January 23rd, 2017|testimonials|Comments Off on Scoliosis- Physiotherapy student perspective of osteopathy


I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 16 after I was involved in a car accident. It was unclear whether or not the accident had been the overall cause of the scoliosis or not but after the accident, all the muscle in my back began to shorten and tighten and my lower back became increasingly painful. There was an option of an operation in order to surgically strain my spine but my symptoms did not appear severe enough at the time and the doctor recommended against it, as I was still growing.

Through high school the pain was manageable with anti-inflammatories and occasional physiotherapy, but after high school I took a gap year in which I focused on my horse riding and working full time as an intern at a canine hydrotherapy practice which put a lot of strain on my lower back and the pain became increasingly worse. For over 3 months I tried various practitioners such as a physiotherapist, body stress release, and various chiropractors with no real relief of symptoms until I found one chiropractor who helped me tremendously with my postural alignment and pain management simultaneously with constant body stress release to loosen my muscles. Unfortunately that chiropractor moved overseas and my back gradually deteriorated back to its original painful state.

I started university, studying Bsc. Physiotherapy at the age of 19 and at first the pain did not affect my studies, but as I began to work longer hours in clinical settings, the pain started to get increasingly worse and it began to affect my ability to work with my patients and prevent me from getting a decent night’s sleep as I could not find a comfortable position to […]

2006, 2015

Scoliosis – Sacroiliac Joint Pain – Lower Back Pain

By |June 20th, 2015|testimonials|0 Comments


I was diagnosed with scoliosis at 18 and was relatively complication free until the age of 29 after a horse-riding accident. This left my lower back in incredible pain and I went for DPPT sessions which worked to a point but didn’t resolve increasing muscle tightness.

3 years later I injured my SI joint during an intense hot yoga class. At first I didn’t know this was the injury I’d suffered. All I knew was that basic movement – walking, turning, bending was incredibly painful. For over 3 months I tried different practitioners – a physiotherapist, a chiropractor, and more DPPT without relief. I was frustrated and the pain was worsening.  No practitioner I went to could tell me exactly what was causing the pain. Things became steadily worse, I was exhausted and on painkillers – the only way I could function at work was by lying on my back on the floor. Doing basic day-to-day chores I had previously taken for granted became a nightmare.

In desperation I was about to contact an orthopaedic surgeon when someone mentioned they had success with osteopathy. I was willing to give the non-surgical route one more try and went to see Guy Ashburner. My presenting symptoms were intense lower back pain, SI joint pain as well as snapping hip syndrome. Guy began treatment weekly with fascial massage and spinal manipulation, stretching my muscles which had grown tight steadily over years. Guy showed me why my lower back was in pain – it was doing all the work – receiving no support from my tightened scapula or hips. He also found my coccyx was crooked which was possibly pulling my spine that way too. I was taught correct posture – […]