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By exploring the anatomy of the individual we will discover the points and areas which cause pain and dysfunction. Then, when the application of trigger point techniques brings about great relief which lasts, more knowledge is added to our experiental database. Trigger points are self-evident when one has truly explored a myriad of painful syndromes presented over many years. The trick is not only to find the points and areas but to change them, physically. This is usually easily acheived but must be done in the 'right' way. It is definitely a fine art and a supreme skill combined.
On our first day at college we were told that over the next four years we would learn the entire anatomy of the body 7 times and forget it only 6 times. We thought this was a joke but it definitely turned out to be true except for the bit about forgetting it 6 times. We studied General medicine, differential diagnosis, the 3 divisions of the nervous system, Histology, Pathology, Orthopedics, Osteopathic treatment techniques, and, of course, detailed Anatomy. There are two levels of anatomical study of the muscles, that of the superficial layers and that of all 850 muscles. Most physical therapists such as masseurs, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and other variations and mini-specialisations learn only the superficial layer of muscles. This lessens their abilities dramatically. We were taught the origin, insertion, function, blood supply and nerve supply to every muscle in the body. We were also taught about the organs of the body, their physiological functions as well as the hormonal system and the glorious control mechanisms of entire human edifice. I took a deep liking to the subject of the obscure subject of the hydrodynamics of the brain in relation to the cranium and have published and lectured on the subject. I now realise that my education at the European School of Osteopathy was par excellence.
"I had tendinitis in both hands, after improper use of the muscles - playing difficult pieces in long practice sessions without breaks, without doing the necessary stretching exercises and without thinking about my body.
The problems were on and off for about 2 years until I decided to suspend my playing for a year, to take time to think and to cure the problem.
During this time I completely recovered with the great help of Paul. He not just cured effectively the problems with the muscles and the tendons (through a simple physiotherapy) but also gave me a very good knowledge which I still use to maintain myself in a good health and prevent injuries.
I sent some of my colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music to him, as he is a great specialist dealing with musician's injuries (his understanding is even deeper as he himself plays the guitar).
I am really grateful to Paul and will recommend him to anyone. There is hardly anything that is not completely curable from the musician's injuries! :-) "
"Five years ago, at a very young age, I began to develop RSI type symptoms. At the time I was playing in teaching a lot of guitar, and the pain began in my fingers of my left hand. My natural reaction was to shift most of the burden onto my right hand when I was typing, and as a result the symptoms seemed to spread all the way up both of my arms.
I searched for a cure, was put on multiple types of painkillers and anti-inflammatories by several GPs, was treated by osteopaths and sports masseurs but nothing seemed to work. When starting a new job in London, I looked on the Internet for someone to take on management of my condition as I knew it would involve a lot of computer based work. I stumbled across Paul's webpage and he seemed to be more in tune with the symptoms associated with RSI than anyone else I had approached, so I decided to give him a try.
Since that first meeting, the results have been extraordinary. His depth of experience means that he was able to pinpoint the source of the problem and treat accordingly. Whilst I am not "cured", the regular treatments keep symptoms at bay and allow me to live and work with effectively no restrictions. His ultimate aim is to work with my body so that I will be able to manage my symptoms without his help, and if someone had told me that my condition would be in such good shape even six months ago, I would never have believed them".
Tom, 23, Strategy Consultant