Biography & Prices
Initial consultation £45 lasting 55 minutes.
Follow-up treatment £35 lasting up to 35 minutes.
£30 for 30 minutes of hands-on treatment.
Cancellation policy – Occasionally clients book appointments and forget to attend or fail to cancel. If you suffer S & D or are running a cold please stay at home. To avoid fees please cancel latest 12 midnight of the day before treatment. Fees will be collected should cancellation not occur.
Prior to qualifying as an Osteopath Alex developed his Sport Injuries Therapy clinic in central Derby. Prior to that Alex worked in business before training as a school teacher in 1998.
Alex now instructs Hatha yoga 3 times week. In addition, Alex loves Alpine skiing and surfs in Cornwall every summer.
Surfing is his most recent interest inspired by his daughter Izy. Alex played rugby at school, then took up the martial arts. Alex’s interest in sports injuries stems from learning how to avoid injuries while instructing Tae Kwon Do class warm-ups.
A Complementary View of Health
What is Healthy?
Health is not an absence of disease. Health is achieved when your body’s structure, emotions and mental states are secure. These three states or triad of health, are interdependent upon each other, each state directly impacting on the others. Where your constant low back pain begins to make you tired and irritable, we can see that that your structure is having an effect on your emotional state.
We see the physical and emotional sides of people as parts of a whole that ideally should not be viewed in isolation. To view the physical body as separate from the emotional or mental side is accepting that reductionism is the principal method of examining and encouraging health. A more practical view point is to use reductionism when it is useful, for example using surgery and medication to limit the further progression of disease, and then use holistic methods to affect the entire person’s health. When appropriate, we will discuss adjusting diet, foot wear accessories, exercise methods and occupational commitments.
Weight A Burning Issue
We do not recommend viewing yourself in terms of weight, calories and clothes sizes. Rather we recommend monitoring your actual shape and your feeling of well-being as more reliable measures of health. Low calorie diets starve your body of essential nutrients needed to build, maintain and repair. Crash diets burn pounds off quickly commencing with mostly water, then your body will seek calories from the next available source, that being your bodies protein not fat. Research demonstrates you waste your muscle tissue when you crash diet. Thus you will lose body weight by starving yourself, but at what cost to your health? Your body will realise that you are not eating properly and inturn lower your metabolism, thereby using fewer calories.
Better is an approach that accepts that your body needs a wide variety of foods to supply it with all of the raw materials that it requires to build, maintain and repair itself. Dieticians recommend an ideal diet that delivers 15% fat, 15% protein and 70% carbohydrate. Carbohydrates include fast-releasing sources like honey, milk and sweets, and better slow-releasing sources including whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruit. Where possible we recommend your foods being as least processed as possible. Instead try to eat fresh, locally sourced and whole foods. Consider the added processes needed to make white flour and sugar; white flour and sugar have been stripped of vitamins and fibre to reveal their intense flavours. The energy derived from white flour and sugar is absorbed quickly by the body, creates a spike of energy and then a low, where you will crave a further quick boost of energy.
Is the vegetarian diet better? Much debate rages regarding this question. Certain issues need to be considered before you can make an informed decision. You are what you eat and manage to absorb. Mal-absorption of nutrients will influence even an excellent diet. To be absorbed your body squeezes and breaks down your food in your stomach. This fragmented chime then is then ready to be absorbed. At this point it is unrecognisable as the food on your plate. It is now individual molecules of amino acids, fats and carbohydrates. Doner kebab meat is certainly a source of class “A” protein, (the best type of protein), but is also is a source of low quality saturated fat, salt and any drugs that were given to the animal to enhance the animal’s growth and taste. Instead of eating a lot of low quality foods, encourage the food industry to sell high quality protein foods, by reducing your meat portion sizes buying organic or Freedom Food protein sources.
By reducing the size of your protein portion you spend the same money on less weight. This then means your dinner plate needs more vegetables and whole grains to provide you with a complete meal. This then means the proportion of animal protein on your plate reduces. It is philosophically and nutritionally acceptable to be concerned about the treatment of animals. To eat an animal that has been reared in a stressful environment ignores the affects that stress has on the animal’s Neuroendocrine system. Animals given sufficient room and diet variety are less stressed, have less cortisol within their bodies. Long term exposure to excess stress hormone changes the taste of meat. Vegetarians can say that avoiding meat makes their diet healthier. What if a diet with less meat means you therefore eat more fruit and vegetables will this diet deliver all of the nutrients that you need to thrive? My opinion is that a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables in a proportion greater than 1/5 meat to 4/5 fruit and vegetables will deliver the benefits of a mainly vegetarian diet with all the benefits of a high quality protein diet from meat sources.
Recently in the media the issue of healthy fats has come to prominence. Healthy fats include sources like butter and cream previously seen as foods that can make you fat and predispose you to modern illnesses like Myocardial Infarct.
Some vegetarian groups claim that since humans possess grinding teeth like herbivorous animals and longer intestines than carnivorous animals, this proves the human body is better suited for vegetarianism. This argument fails to note several human physiological features which clearly indicate a design for animal product consumption.
First and foremost is our stomach’s production of hydrochloric acid, something not found in herbivores. HCL activates protein-splitting enzymes suitable for digesting meat. Further, the human Pancreas manufactures a full range of digestive enzymes to handle a wide variety of foods, both animal and vegetable. Further, Dr. Walter Voegtlin’s in-depth comparison of the human digestive system with that of the dog, a carnivore, and a sheep, a herbivore, clearly shows that we are closer in anatomy to the carnivorous dog than the herbivorous sheep.
While humans may have longer intestines than animal carnivores, they are not as long as herbivores; nor do we possess multiple stomachs like many herbivores, nor do we chew cud. Our physiology definitely indicates a mixed feeder, or an omnivore, much the same as our relatives, the mountain gorilla and chimpanzee who all have been observed eating small animals and, in some cases, other primates.
Sensible eating with a weekly day off the diet will maintain a normal metabolism. Work towards adjusting your meal planning to eat fresh, locally sourced and unprocessed foods. In time, aim for eating 80% alkaline foods. Combine healthy eating with exercise that supports your body.