Former firefighter with severe back injuries opens osteopathy clinic in Sidmouth

A new osteopathy and physiotherapy clinic has been opened in Sidmouth by a man who knows the full benefits of the treatment himself after a serious injury.

Osteo and Physio was founded by Steve McMullen and is designed to help people with back, neck and shoulder pain by relieving stiffness and disability.

Steve is the clinic’s lead osteopath and said that osteopathy himself has helped him deal with several injuries in his life.

This included helping him recover from a serious injury that left him unable to work for six months.

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He said, “I first encountered osteopathy in my late twenties while receiving treatment for various rugby and martial arts injuries.

“I quickly realized that it was extremely effective, not only in healing injuries, but also in removing the underlying stresses caused by normal daily life.

“From the first time I met I was tempted to learn more, and it was definitely an attraction to become an osteopath myself.

“However, I had only recently qualified as a primary and middle school teacher, so I felt like I should give this career a fair start first.

Steve McMullen with a patient

“Five years later I moved to New Zealand, left the apprenticeship and retrained as a firefighter to work for the Wellington City Fire Department.

“I still needed osteopathy to keep myself moving, even though it now helped with injuries sustained at work from lugging around ladders and heavy equipment.

“During this time of my life I suffered a severe herniated disc that made me unable to work for 6 months.

“Together with the Reformer Pilates, osteopathy contributed to my recovery and my interest in training as an osteopath was rekindled.”

In 2012 Steve returned to the UK and took the opportunity to make another career change and eventually pursued his dream of becoming an osteopath.

Steve McMullen said he now wants to help others cope with pain

Steve said: “I enrolled for a Masters in Osteopathy at the prestigious European School of Osteopathy in Kent, which I graduated with First Class Honors.

“It has proven to be the most rewarding decision making it possible for me to help people of all ages with all sorts of pains, injuries, and simple life stresses.

“I decided to become an osteopath because I wanted to help people, just as osteopathy has helped me in the past.

“While osteopathy is not always able to cure back pain, it is a great way to treat it and at the same time improve people’s quality of life significantly.”

Steve said he told his patients, “rest is rust and movement is lotion”.

Although osteopaths are known for treating back problems, Steve says his work at the clinic isn’t all that.

“As osteopaths, our approach is to look at the body as a whole, to see what is not moving and should be and what is moving that should not be,” he said.

“By restoring balance to the body, osteopathy can relieve all types of pain from headaches, stiff necks, creaky knees, and sore shoulders.”

Steve and his team are now taking bookings for osteopathy and massage online, by phone or via their app and hope to see a physiotherapist on the team soon.

The new clinic is located at 39 High St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LQ between Potbury’s and Llyods Bank, in the Jala Flow Yoga Studio.

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