All of our Osteopathic Practitioners at the Centre have been carefully selected from around the UK and Europe for their knowledge and vast experience in the field of Specific Adjustment Technique (SAT). They are all graduates of The European School of Osteopathy in Kent – the only place in Europe where SAT is taught – and all use SAT regularly in their own osteopathic practices.
It should also be noted that all of our practitioners have themselves suffered a positional lesion to their cervical spine at some point in their life and so they understand from a patient perspective as well as an osteopath’s, the resulting symptoms and the complex mind-body healing journey of the Central Nervous System which begins with SAT treatment. The work of all of our Practitioners at this Centre is borne out of sheer passion and gratitude for how SAT has transformed their own health.
Alison discovered Specific Adjustment Technique by chance in 2013 via her own route to recovery following a long standing spinal injury which stemmed back to childhood and birth itself. Read Alison’s Story which documents her own journey back to full health and the formation of this Centre. Alison is a multi instrumentalist musician and is also the founder and owner of Inverness Music School. After many years of worsening pain, Alison stopped playing music because of the severe discomfort and tension which her injury caused. This meant that she could not devote the necessary amount of time to practice each day and so in recent years, she has devoted her time solely to teaching and developing the Music School.
The idea for this Chronic Pain Centre was conceived in 2016 after Alison witnessed a hugely liberating and enlightening level of health and pain free experience following SAT treatment with her practitioner Clifford Conway. The improvements in Alison’s health were so life changing that Alison developed an overwhelming passion for raising awareness of the effectiveness of SAT treatment in order to help others with similar health problems; namely, those symptoms diagnosed as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, all manner of mobility problems from the hips down to the feet and asthma diagnosed in childhood. Alison has dedicated the last three years to increasing her knowledge and depth of understanding of Osteopathy and particularly SAT.
As part of Alison’s own healing journey, Alison began practising Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Management. The profound changes this practice brought about in Alison’s everyday life led her on to train with Breathworks, one of the leading Mindfulness organisations based here in the UK but now operating in 28 countries worldwide. She is now a Breathworks accredited Mindfulness for Health and Stress Teacher. Alison has invested much time and research into the formation of a combinative whole body-mind healing programme through the modalities of SAT, Breathworks based Mindfulness for Pain Management and Pilates. Over the last couple of years, Alison has helped many people throughout the UK move through the healing process following SAT, helping to reduce pain to move on to a much lighter and more fulfilling life. Please read our Testimonials page.
The culmination of this experience, study and research is the unique Trident Concept© and the resulting Course of Treatment here at this Centre. We aim for this to be the first of many such Centres across the UK to have the Trident Concept© at their core and are currently involved with the training of new SAT practitioners from across Europe.
The principles of SAT, Mindfulness Meditation and Pilates meld perfectly together to create a whole mind-body mode of treatment. Together, their profound healing qualities have ultimately not only allowed and driven Alison to found this Centre, but have also brought about a renewed vitality and view on life which embodies a profound sense of balance and positivity found through connecting Mind, Body and Spirit.
After becoming a Mum herself in 2018, Alison also now has a strong interest in the prevention of cranial strain patterns in babies. Alison’s own injury and the 30 years of compromised health which she endured as a result, developed from an untreated strain pattern from her own birth. Consequently, she is passionate about raising awareness of preventative treatment in babies. This preventative interest lies at the heart of our Baby Clinic here at the Centre.
I graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1996 as a mature student, after completing the four year degree course. I established my practice named ‘Still Point’ in the Lake District, which continues now in the ‘hands’ of my son James who also graduated from the ESO in 2018 and will be working here at this Centre too. I now work part time in ‘semi- retirement’.
I have spent the last 25 years working with SAT and helping people move on from chronic pain. As Co-founder of the Centre, I bring this technique to Scotland (there are no resident SAT practitioners north of the border) and I am now enthusiastically involved in raising greater awareness of both SAT and the Trident concept©.
The Centre focuses on individuals who have a history of pain and fatigue along with multiple symptoms representing musculoskeletal dysfunction plus functional disorders for which conventional medical treatments have failed to be less than effective.
Specific Adjusting Technique (SAT) has been a major influence on my treatment philosophy since my pre-graduate years. It has been a large part of my practice life and was passed on to me by Tom Dummer. Tom was a revolutionary osteopath who developed SAT from its infancy in the 1950’s. He was the co-founder and principal of the European School of Osteopathy, a friend and second father to me.
Combined with cranial osteopathy, SAT is the most profound treatment approach for post traumatic situations – no matter how much time has passed since the traumatic incident. SAT addresses and balances Mind-Body-Spirit by reaching out to the Mind at the unconscious level. SAT melds perfectly with the Breathworks-based Pain Management and Reduction approach. Together, they move the body towards new possibilities in healing. SAT not only became my preferred model of treatment – it is my belief system and encompasses my whole life; the balance of Mind, Body and Spirit.
The collaborative approach of the Trident Concept© which is a first in the UK and is unique to this Centre creates the possibility of addressing a lifetime of chronic pain, symptoms and illness. The legacy of Tom Dummer can now live on through his lifetimes work; both now and in the future.
Footnote: From 1996-2010 I was registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). I then worked and was registered for eight years with the Association of Osteomyologists (TAO) whose founder, Dr Sir Alan Clemens was awarded a knighthood for services to complimentary medicine. Since semi retirement in August 2018, I now work independently as an SAT and Cranial therapist.
I have 36 years experience as an Osteopath and was tutored personally by Tom Dummer, the founder of Specific Adjustment Technique (SAT). This technique is a sublime blending of osteopathic manipulative principles especially suited to free mobility of vertabrae especially following trauma such as whiplash, falls and blows to the head.
I have tutored many generations of osteopathic students in this refined art of resolution of neck trauma. I have witnessed many near ‘miraculous’ transformations very similar to Alison’s own story; journeys from chronic pain to a life of freedom, by applying the principles of SAT. I am fond of saying to students that no one knows the outer limits of osteopathy and that to take the principles of the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions is to set out daily on and endless quest into the deep intelligence within the tissues of the body. Osteopathy will always have something to offer to anyone who wants to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally and it is this fact that inspires me to ever keep on learning and practising.
I have taught SAT at the European School of Osteopathy and at seminars for 35 years across seven European countries and in Canada. I am currently teaching the technique in Moscow and Australia and am perhaps recognised as a leading SAT practitioner globally.
I am an Advisor to the Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre and plan to run CPD training for osteopaths in SAT to encourage participation in the Centre with a view to helping SAT become more widely recognised across the UK.
I still run a busy practice in London and have no plans to retire.
I qualified as an osteopath in 1994, since that time I have been working with Specific Adjustment Technique (SAT) with very profound and long lasting results. Soon after qualifying in 1994 I was given a course of treatment by the highly skilled and experienced osteopath, Tom Dummer, who used SAT to correct a worsening neck and back injury that I had sustained as a child in a horse riding accident. His approach with SAT was life changing and transformational; I am now totally free of pain and can identify with Alison’s transformative healing journey.
I went on to study in the specialist field of SAT and I now work every day with this powerful technique; committed to helping others with chronic neck and back pain. During my years of practice, I discovered that emotional blocks also release easily and without any processing at the same time that painful and chronic strains were released in the body.
I have over 25 years experience as a practitioner both in this country and in Switzerland and Germany. I now have my own osteopathic practice in Devon where I live with my husband, two sons and three horses – I still ride regularly.
I am very privileged to be involved in the very much needed SAT based Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre. It is the first of its kind in the UK and I feel it will be pivotal in the evolution of this unique approach.
I graduated from the European School of Osteopathy as a mature student. I now live in my hometown of Kendal with my wife, Jo. We are keen walkers and at weekends we love nothing more than exploring the Lake District fells. In August 2018, I took over as principal of the family practice (Still Point Osteopathy) as my father eased into semi-retirement, so to concentrate more of his time on this Chronic Pain Centre project in Inverness.
I have experience in treating patients of all ages and with a wide spectrum of complaints, applying osteopathic principles with a holistic approach. As no two patients are alike, treatment is always tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences using a variety of different treatment approaches. However, I am also very enthusiastic about the SAT (specific adjusting technique) philosophy which involves a more systematic approach to treatment.
The key to the philosophy is that certain symptoms (fatigue, headaches, IBS etc.) may be manifestations of underlying dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. Hence, by working systematically through key areas of the spine and pelvis to encourage better function of the soma, one should experience improvements in overall health and well-being. It appears to have profound effects especially when used to address complex symptomology, often chronic in nature and related to prior trauma.
This way of working was instilled in me from an early age. As a boy, I was a patient of the late Tom Dummer, the former ESO principal who developed SAT from the 1950’s onwards. I trained under the likes of Gez Lamb (also involved in this Centre) and since graduation I have worked closely with my father (Co-founder of this Centre), who was himself personally mentored by Tom.
One reason I’m particularly enthused about the venture in Inverness is due to the inclusion of the mindfulness training and Pilates. I tend to find that patients often disassociate the mind and body when in reality one’s psychology has a huge influence on their physiology, and in particular, how they interpret feelings of pain and discomfort. Sleeplessness, stress or anxiety create real changes within the body which may contribute to the chronicity of pain and other problems. It is very exciting to work on a project which combines Breathworks mindfulness with SAT as this can only add to the potential potency of the treatment. Furthermore, I often recommend Pilates as a useful adjunct to Osteopathic treatment in my own practice and so I am very supportive of Alison’s Trident concept which brings it all together.
Osteopathy is more than my job or career. Osteopathy is the life I lead everyday: It is how I understand the world around me and It is a never ending journey into nature itself. I am passionate about this work and how it can help people suffering a variety of ailments to find harmony within themselves. Everyday I am amazed the effect that better balance through the physical body has on the mind and spirit.
I treat new born babies to the elderly, from sports people to pregnant women, dancers to yoga/pilates instructors.
I understand the effect of physical trauma, occupational stress/strain or emotional trauma has on the structure and function of the body. Through treatment I discover how to engage the communication networks of the body and restore patients to better health.
I have extensive experience in the treatment of new born babies and children. I believe osteopathic intervention at this critical period following birth is especially important in how life unfolds thereafter. I have also studied birth physiology with Michel Odent ́s Doula course and understand the needs of the pregnant and labouring woman.
In order to deepen my understanding of osteopathy I am always updating my knowledge through yearly CPD. This includes Biodynamic and Paediatric osteopathy, advanced osteopathic techniques as well as various osteopathic conferences to keep up to date with the latest scientific advances. I currently have my own osteopathic practice in Switzerland.
I trained and graduated from the European School of Osteopathy. Having treated a wide range of patients at established clinics across Kent and East Sussex, I have developed an engaging communication style and believe that active listening with ears and hands is key to successful treatment.
I recently moved to Shropshire due to my love of the outdoors and hill-walking and have since set up my own practice in Shrewsbury. I am particularly experienced in treating expectant mothers (pre and post partum) and babies and children throughout their development.
I am continuously motivated to learn more and deepen my working knowledge and have continued to work in osteopathic education as a clinic tutor and lecturing assistant for undergraduate students at the ESO. Having a dual French/British nationality and speaking multiple languages has gained me access to work with the international faculty of tutors for students completing their osteopathic education from Europe and Russia.
Outside of treatment, I practise Yoga, Pilates and Meditation and use elements of these practices in treatment to further my understanding of the anatomy and functions of the body and posture. I feel that my appreciation and personal practice of meditation ties in well with the Breathworks Mindfulness programme.
My personal interest in working at the Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre stems from personally sustaining a troublesome high-speed whiplash injury. I struggled with symptoms from a positional lesion needing correction with SAT from the pioneer practitioner Gerald Lamb DO (also involved in this Centre), as all other treatments had failed to provide enduring relief. My personal journey with SAT has inspired me to help others recover from similar traumatic experiences.
Although, the Practitioners above form the core of the most experienced SAT practitioners in the UK here at this Centre, we are also committed to training up new SAT practitioners as we move towards our aim of founding more SAT-based Chronic Pain Centres throughout the UK.
We estimated there were around seven practising SAT osteopaths in the UK prior to the incentive to open The Highland Chronic Pain and Whiplash Centre. We are dedicated to the training of new SAT Practitioners in a bid to make this treatment approach more readily available throughout the UK and further afield. After two CPD training events, there are already almost 30 Practitioners in total. The training of new SAT osteopaths is vital to the vision of this Centre and we are delighted to work with Gez Lamb (see above) in this way.
Please Contact Us if you are a graduate of The European School of Osteopathy and would like to take part in one of our upcoming CPD Specific Adjustment Technique training events.