The osteopathic treatment of babies is something I have been doing now for 25 years and is still the most satisfying aspect of my work. Back then like many young men I avoided babies and could never have foreseen that one day they would have become a major part of my career. A serious knee injury towards the end of penultimate year at university saw me hobbling on crutches and unable to physically handle adult patients. I had to get my clinic hours done to qualify and I found refuge in the Children’s Clinic at the European School of Osteopathy.
Susan Turner was the director of the Children’s programme and she helped me through that final year and ultimately steered me towards becoming a volunteer at the Osteopathic Centre for Children in London (OCC).
The OCC was an amazing experience working alongside other volunteers, some of whom were “top of the tree” practitioners. If ever there was a baptism of fire it was here; the days were long and the miriad of conditions was incredible. We saw conditions and situations that rarely ever present in practice, yet these were daily occurences at the OCC.