I’m Kate and I’m going to be back at the Plympton Osteopathic Clinic offering appointments from the end of July.
I’ve spent some time working in a large health clinic in Munich, Germany where I’ve been able to enjoy learning with a fabulous bunch of osteopaths, physiotherapists and trainers.
But with Covid complicating life for us all, I’ve moved back to the Southwest to see more of my family and I’m really glad to be able to work with Mike & Pia again.
My approach to osteopathy is fundamentally structural. That means if you have a stiff neck, I want to get it moving again. If you have a weak shoulder, I want to test it and find out why so we can get it working properly again. But I’ve also learned visceral osteopathy – which means I can treat the organs. Sometimes the stomach, the colon, the gallbladder etc can have their own problems that need addressing, and sometimes they can cause pain elsewhere. It’s helpful to be able to narrow down where the problem really lies and to consider issues that osteopathy alone cannot solve – such as iron deficiency or coeliac disease. It’s true that the various body parts really are interconnected and in Germany I found that I had a number of patients who would come to me with tinnitus, ear problems, headaches and dizziness. As an osteopath I enjoy the process of detective work to see if I can find the cause and treat it.
I’ve also trained with Renzo Molinari, who is probably the leading osteopath in the UK, if not worldwide for women’s health. Women are fabulous but the mix of hormones and the possibility of childbearing makes us complicated! We are sometimes badly served by traditional medicine, especially when peri-menopausal. Bladder problems, pain during sex and very painful periods are just some of the issues you shouldn’t have to put up with.
When I’m not trying to help patients with their health, I try and take care of my own. That includes my mental health and happiness and I find the great outdoors a really helpful way to do this. I don’t run or jump off things but I do love to hike and since spending my weekends hiking up mountains in Bavaria, I’m hoping that hiking the coast path and the Moors will seem easier! I was spoilt with the beautiful Alpine countryside in Bavaria and I’m spoilt with the Cornish and Devon landscape here. I do my best to persuade patients to make the most of their natural surroundings. For me hiking is as much about clearing my head and keeping my worries under control as it is about stretching my legs. It’s important to find ways to balance the various stresses of everyday life and you can’t convince me that going to the gym has the same healing properties! Movement is important in itself though and we all spend far too much of our day sitting. I no longer enjoy going to the gym so I try to find more fun ways to move. I’ve discovered bouldering and love the mix of strength, flexibility and problem-solving that’s required. Swimming seems to have a soothing effect on me and I love the feel of being in the water despite my rather pathetic attempts at front crawl! We’re lucky to have the sea at our disposal in the SouthWest and I know lots of people have turned to wild swimming during the lockdowns. Maybe I’ll join them! It certainly seems to have amazing benefits for mental as well as physical health.
But no one type of movement and no one type of treatment is suitable for everyone. I’ll never try and force you to do something you hate – unless it’s completely necessary! But I will try and work with you to make suggestions of what you can do to make your life easier. Sometimes that may be a couple of exercises to ease your pain. Sometimes it may be a podcast episode that I think would help you. I’ll do my best to get you feeling better.