Osteopathy, Clinical Massage & Acupuncture
Oscar is an osteopath, acupuncturist and a clinical massage therapist based in Lewes, East Sussex. He works with individuals experiencing a wide range of different conditions including persistent pain. He draws on his training in osteopathy, acupuncture and clinical massage to develop tailored treatment plans to suit the needs of the individual.
Osteopathy is a person-centred system of healthcare specialising in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Osteopaths first observe the structure and function of the body using a range of specialist assessment techniques and orthopaedic tests. The osteopath then works closely with the client to develop an effective treatment plan, drawing on a range of soft tissue, stretching and joint manipulation techniques as well as often prescribing specific exercises suitable to be practiced at home alongside the treatment. Oscar has a particular interest in Osteopathy within the cranial field and has completed post-graduate training with the Rollin Becker institute.
He completed his masters degree in osteopathy at the University College of Osteopathy in 2021. During his undergraduate research project he developed a keen interest in the science of how we feel our bodies, termed interoception. This has informed his daily clinical practice but is particularly useful when helping clients to navigate complex arrays of physical symptoms that are often seen in persistent pain conditions.
Oscar trained in clinical massage at the Jing Massage Institute in Brighton where he has since gone on to teach post-graduate massage education. Oscar is also a sessional lecturer in Sports & Clinical Massage at the East Sussex College. Having originally qualified in Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) at the Bodyharmonics College in Cheltenham, he then continued his studies at the college to include acupuncture. Following his qualification in acupuncture he travelled to Nepal where he volunteered as a practitioner in a rural village clinic ran by Ayurvedic doctor, Sarita Shrestha. This deeply enriched his practice and developed his understanding of the benefits and challenges of natural healthcare. His treatments are now a bespoke synthesis of his training tailored to the particular needs of the patient. Whilst the continued training in musculo-skeletal healthcare forms a core part of his practice, his training in Chinese medicine has allowed him to see a more complete picture of the mind and body. Oscar is also currently practising at the Open Door Clinic.
Clinical massage uses a wide variety of massage and bodywork techniques to manually assess and treat somatic dysfunction and imbalance. Clinical massage can also be used to help optimise sports performance, increase range of motion, relieve physical/mental tension and generally give a boost to your daily life. One key to the effectiveness of clinical massage is the evaluation of the patient. A good working knowledge of anatomy and musculo-skeletal pathology is essential to determine a good treatment plan. Using orthopaedic assessment, range of motion testing and interpreting how a structural dysfunction may have developed is important to the process. A core part of the training involves being able to identify conditions such as frozen shoulder, sciatica, tennis/golfer's elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and then apply appropriate treatment. For more persistent conditons this often involves a course of treatments that addresses the different aspects of the presentation from a more local and global balance perspective. Working together between practitioner and client is often a critical component to successfully restoring balance.
What to expect in a treatment?
- Myofascial release - fascia (connective tissue) is the sensory highway of your body and is intricately involved in neuro-muscular dysfunction. The release of fascial adhesions and restrictions can help to restore kinaesthetic balance.
- Deep tissue massage - taking time to sink through layers of tension provides a sense of embodiment that can be deeply nourishing.
- Trigger points - localised problem areas primarily found in muscle tissue that are involved in most chronic pain patterns in the body. Static pressure is applied until a palpable softening is felt by the practitioner.
- Passive and sports stretching - rehabilitative and sports training stretches are used to rehab weak areas, improve balance and facilitate better muscle function.
- Acupressure - often located in areas that produce the maximum stimulatory effect, the application of pressure to vital points is probably an age old practice that has been refined over thousands of years of clinical trial and error within bodywork traditions.
- Joint mobilisation - a range of direct and indirect techniques aimed at restoring joint mobility, improving local fluid dynamics and enhancing function.
- Craniosacral therapy - developed originally as Osteopathy within the cranial field and popularised in more recent years into mainstream practice. Craniosacral work involves a subtle form of touch that facilitates the body's innate healing process. The treatment can be particularly helpful to alleviate stress, trauma and anxiety.
Acupuncture is the application of fine needles to specific points of the body to stimulate the body's natural healing process. This system has evolved over thousands of years developing into a sophisticated healing art that takes years of practice and refinement to master. Acupuncture can be useful for a large range of different conditions. Please ring ahead if you would like to discuss the suitability of a specific condition that you would like treatment for.
Oscar's treatments are available at £50 per hour with 45 minute follow ups at £45.