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Somatherapy is based on the unique Osteopathic practice that uses an established and recognised system of diagnosis and treatment that lays its emphasis on the structural integrity of the body based on a tensegrity approach to the spine and limbs working as a whole functional unit. The link that connects all the ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, muscles, viscera and so on is the fascial system.
Osteopathy is distinct from other therapies because its founding principles recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities and weaknesses in the structures of the body causing localised pain.This is in addition to damage caused to it by disease of the body.
Therapists will use many of the diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessments utilising standard orthopaedic tests for joint movement, flexibility, strength, aerobic capacity, BMI etc
Our philosophy lies in the unique way in which the practitioner assesses the patient from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint, nutrition and lifestyle, and in the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual.
We use Osteopathic principles, hands on manual therapy, biomechanics and sports science, nutrition and exercise together to help you reduce pain, improve your bodys function or improve your sporting performance.
The E.L.D.O.A. Method was developed by Dr. Guy Voyer based on the BioTensegrity system of the human body and years of research on human fascia. It was created to help improve poor spinal posture as a result of work and leisure which can lead to over use of a joint and subsequent changes and pain. Following this method it is possible to improve posture and by doing so normalise function and reduce pain.
Low back pain is estimated to affect at least 60% to 80% of the population at some time in their lives (www.patient.co.uk) . The longer patients have untreated back pain, the more chance they have of having chronic pain and there are major cost implications in terms of human suffering, social and NHS resources.
Most patients will have resolution of their back pain with simple measures including simple analgesia, manipulation and exercise advice. (Waddell.G., (2004) The Back Pain Revolution, 2nd Ed. Churchill Livingstone)
Soma Training incorporates a number of different concepts that help the therapist identify poor movement patterns and proprioceptive dysfunction that maybe leading to increased stresses and strains on the joints and connective tissue of the body that cause injuries and pain. This can be as a result of poor posture due to our modern lifestyle of prolonged sitting and desk work to the weekend warrior wanting to improve their fitness levels and activity.
Many people are unaware of these dysfunctions but present with joint pain that maybe caused by other parts of the body not working as part of the whole so overloading that part of the body.
Through careful analysis using of a persons biomechanics a program can be put in place to address both mobility and stability, flexibility and proprioception.
Post Graduate Diplomas: Sports & Exercise Health | Sports & Coaching
BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
Diplomas: Business Administration | Sports Massage
Certified ACE Medical Exercise Specialist | DNAFit Certified Trainer
Certified ELDOA Teacher/Somatherapist
Andy uses his extensive experience in sport as an athlete and coach, together with his medical training, strength training and utilisation of cutting edge genetic testing, to help people recover from injury and improve performance, ranging from members of the general public to Olympic athletes.
He was an international badminton player, National Team coach & manager, as well as competing extensively at junior county tennis and squash. This led him to continue his osteopathic work in sport. He worked for British Athletics alongside US Coach Dan Pfaff, Strength Coach Stuart MacMillan and Trackside Lead Therapist Dr. Gerry Ramogida in the build up to the London 2012 Olympics.
After London 2012 he was appointed British Athletics Trackside Lead Therapist, based at their National Institute working as part of the Sports Science & Medical Team in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympics. During this time he worked with several of the worlds leading T&F coaches Dan Pfaff, Rana Reider, Terrance Mahon and numerous World and Olympic Medalists.
In his role as a Consultant Osteopath, he worked across a number of sports including premiership football, County Cricket and various individuals from tennis to polo to MMA. He worked with Welsh Badminton and UK Athletics at the 2000, 2004 & 2008 Olympics and the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games and also at a number of high performance camps.
He currently works in Boston, MA. at the Santi Clinic and works with the Boston Athletic Association Elite Running Group, Harvard University T&F and individual NHL and NBA players.
GOsC Registration number: 11/7083/F