Something about me….
When I am treating ‘a client’ i.e. you, it is your time and all about resolving your problems. I thought that I would make my first blog entry a short history about me just in case you were wondering who I am and why I chose to be an osteopath (on the other hand you may not be wondering so feel free to ignore this, I won’t take it personally!).
My name is Robert Allen and I am the owner of Sollus Healthcare, which is an osteopathic clinic that I set up just over 2 years ago. I obtained a degree in Applied Biology from Brunel University in 1983 then joined an IT company, as there weren’t many other jobs around at the time. I really enjoyed IT for a number of years, but eventually felt the need to look for something more challenging.
My son has cerebral palsy and we took him to Christophe Becquereau, an osteopath that had been recommended by a family friend. He responded well to the treatment and I became very interested in osteopathy and how it worked. I asked the osteopath a lot of questions and visited him on a few occasions to observe him treating other people. After a lot of consideration I eventually decided that osteopathy was something that I wanted to do and in 2006 I enrolled on a 5 year part time osteopathy course at Oxford Brookes. Going back to university as a mature student was an interesting experience which I managed to survive despite being older than most of the tutors. I still have nightmares about the whole learning/revision/exam process, but that is slowly getting better!!
Because I really like a challenge, I also trained as a dyslexia support tutor and sports massage therapist while studying for my degree. I graduated in 2011 and went to work at the Maple Tree Clinic which is run by Christophe, the osteopath that got me interested in osteopathy in the first place! In addition to working at the Maple Tree I run Sollus Healthcare which is my own practice, based in treatment rooms at the Chris Moody Centre in Northampton and Contented Soles in Daventry.
‘Sollus’ is latin for ‘Total’ and the clinic name deliberately does not mention osteopathy as it tends to limit people’s ideas about what we do. Osteopaths are generally associated with ‘bad backs’ and ‘something to do with bones’ and while this is true we have a lot more to offer. In addition to fixing bad backs Sollus Healthcare offers other services including workstation assessments and corporate osteopathy.
Future plans include the delivery of workshops covering a range of topics like sports injury prevention and rehabilitation and self-management of common problems e.g. low back pain, hip pain, knee pain etc. In addition to becoming a leading provider of osteopathic services Sollus Healthcare aims to become a key resource for information on the osteopathic management and treatment of disabilities, but that is something for another blog.
Watch this space there is lots more to come 🙂