Guy Gold on living a happy, healthy life

The local clinician tells us about his Osteopathy practice and why, as we emerge from lockdown, taking care of our bodies is more important than ever

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For those who don’t really know, what is Osteopathy, and how does it differ from Physiotherapy? 
Osteopathy is a form of musculoskeletal manual therapy that looks at the muscles, joints, and bones and how they work together in the body. During an appointment, an Osteopath will ask you questions about any symptoms, concerns, or injuries you may have, whether you’re experiencing pain, dealing with an injury, or looking for help with postural or joint problems. They’ll carry out a physical assessment, and then discuss your treatment options with you. In subsequent appointments, your Osteopath will spend time working on different parts of your body to treat what’s ailing you and bring you into alignment.

There is lots of overlap between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy, and at Guy Golds our clinicians often work together to deliver the best possible treatment programme for our patients. Both disciplines help patients with injuries, pain, range of motion, flexibility, and strength. To put it simply, Osteopaths will focus more on whole body “holistic” manual therapy (hands-on treatment) and Physiotherapists will focus more on rehabilitation through exercise prescription.

Who should see an Osteopath? What are the benefits?
Osteopathy is suitable for everyone; people of all ages, abilities and walks of life. Osteopaths are trained to care for babies, toddlers, children, teenagers, adults, pregnant women, and elderly patients. We have had the privilege of treating a wide range of patients in our 23 years of practice, many of whom have trusted us with ongoing care over many years.

Our approach to Osteopathy is a holistic one, intended to help our patients live their happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled life. We treat injuries, help with managing pain, treat circulatory and digestive issues, and headaches. In addition to treating injuries, we see lots of our patients for a regular tune-up, looking at posture, alignment and any other concerns they may have, to prevent injuries from arising in the future.

What other services do you offer? Can you tell us a bit more about the Treatment Rooms in Camden and the Performance Centre in Kentish Town? 
We offer Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Nutrition Consultations from our Treatment Rooms in Camden and Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Exercise/Injury rehabilitation and Strength and Fitness Training from our Performance Centre in Kentish Town. Our Treatment Rooms share space with our award-winning Coffee Bar, where our patients like to stop for coffee and a pastry after their appointment.

How can Physio/movement coaching work alongside going to the gym or other forms of exercise?
Physiotherapy and Movement Coaching help patients learn about their proper movement patterns and correct alignment to prevent and recover from injuries. It also helps maintain optimum range of motion, strength and flexibility. We work with our patients to put together a plan that matches their goals: they might want to get into lifting weights, improve their general fitness, or start a new sport or hobby, and we’ll work with them to help them get there. If you’re new to fitness, returning to fitness after a break (like time away from the gym during lockdown!) or getting moving again after an injury, we can help support patients and ensure they’re exercising and moving safely.

What has your line of work taught you? 
My work as an Osteopath has shown the importance of a holistic approach to our health; not just treating the symptoms but addressing the cause and looking at the whole body and lifestyle when treating patients. The more you can keep moving, in whatever form is accessible to you, the better you’ll be able to bounce back from injuries and stay mobile as you get older. I’d also stress the importance of maintenance. Don’t wait until you’re seriously injured to see an Osteopath or Physiotherapist – if you’d like support with your posture, strength, or overall fitness, seeing a professional can keep you ‘tuned-up’, resilient and able to do all the things you enjoy.

Why do you care about what you do? 
Our patients are wonderful and being able to support them in living their lives and build lasting relationships with them makes this profession very rewarding. I’m also very privileged to work with an incredible team of clinicians, who are leaders in their field, extremely committed to their practice and generally great fun to work alongside.

What are your plans for the future as things start to open up again?
We hope to continue offering our wide variety of services and expand upon our current clinical hours. We expect with a wide scope of practice and more availability we can continue welcoming new and old patients to the clinics. 

Find out more about all the services on offer at Guy Gold in Jamestown Rd (and the Kentish Town Performance Centre) and book yourself an appointment via the website.

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