Ian Clarke - Osteopath.
Ian received his osteopathic diploma in 1984, and was received into the Register of the General Osteopathic Council, on January 11th 2000. He was trained as a Naturopath as well as an Osteopath and as such, his clinical approach is informed by the principles of Nature Cure, integrating diet, lifestyle and ergonomics to assist the return towards a state of health. He has practiced in a number of clinics in the UK and is able to use a wide range of treatments and techniques. Prior to graduation as an osteopath, Ian worked in the NHS in nursing for 8 years.
He employs soft tissue massage, muscle energy technique and neuro-muscular techniques but he is particularly interested in Strain-Counter strain, a form of osteopathic treatment developed by the American osteopath Lawrence Jones. This approach involves the identification of tender points (usually representing the origins or insertions of muscles), which have become strained either through sudden trauma involving accidents, falls, injuries or repetitive strain). During treatment the affected limb or body part is supported and monitored in a position in which, over a period of 1-2 minutes, the affected muscle is allowed to relax. This type of treatment involves the active participation of the person being treated, both in identifying the tender points and also ensuring that the positions in which he is being supported are comfortable and pain free.
While this clinical approach necessitates a longer treatment time (average time is 45 minutes) it enables Ian to treat the young (whose bones are still developing) and older people whose bone density may have been compromised by Osteoporosis or prolonged use of medication, such as steroids.
Ian uses these techniques to treat a very wide range of conditions including acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain and headaches. He finds it particularly helpful in conditions like frozen shoulder, chest mid back, and rib pain, which are not particularly suited to a clinical approach too narrowly focused on thrust and click techniques. The same is true of treating the knee e.g. when there are cruciate ligament strains, hamstring or other muscle spasms or strains involving the knee cap. Foot and ankle conditions are particularly well served by these methods requiring as they do, highly specific focus on small bones, muscles and ligaments strained by trauma and overuse syndromes. This also applies to the joints of the hand and wrist.
Throughout the course of each treatment the approach is consistently one of collaboration between practitioner and patient in which the autonomy of the person being treated is not diminished.
On a personal note, Ian was born in the UK and was educated in South America, Durham and Edinburgh. He qualified as a state registered nurse in 1979. He enjoys country walking, gardening, reading, cooking and music.