Since 1985 a number of top athletes and hundreds of other sports people of all standards have sought out treatment by Graeme at his Basildon practice.
In fact sports people have travelled from all over Britain to be treated by Graeme, from the south west of England, Wales, the north of England and the north of Scotland as well as locally in the south east.
Graeme has also featured in Athletics Weekly and Positive Health magazines, as well as writing regularly for Runners World and Today's Runner and contributing to Readers Digest.
"He has got magic hands. He is the best man in his job and I owe him
a little bit of my silver medal."
World championship decathlon silver medallist, Dean Macey
The goals of therapy are:
Graeme specialises in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries and the improvement of sports performance. He has treated a number of top athletes and written many articles for the sports and health press. Sports people have come from all over Britain to be treated at the Basildon Clinic.
The majority of sports injuries are the result of faulty body mechanics and chronic overuse and can in the vast majority of cases be treated by a combination of deep tissue bodywork, osteopathy and remedial exercises.
The initial objective is to get the sports person injury free and back to training as quickly as possible. However the underlying faulty body mechanics which are the cause of most injuries will also need to be treated otherwise the injury will return or another injury will affect the next weakest link in the chain.
The underlying problem is frequently found in faulty foot/ankle mechanics, misalignment of the pelvis, or faulty alignment in the head/neck area (though it could be other areas too).
Symptoms of an underlying mechanical problem may be negligible at first eg a lack of flexibility, decreased performance, occasional aches and pains, or a decreased ability to recover after training.
This stage may continue for sometime, months or even years but will eventually worsen until an acute injury is sustained unless preventative treatment is taken.
The vast majority of injuries are therefore not a single event that suddenly appears (even if the pain comes on suddenly) but are usually a process of faulty alignment and mechanics that has gone on for some time until the adaptive powers of the body can no longer cope without intervention.
Once the faulty mechanics are sorted out then the sports person will find that their body will work more efficiently and therefore their performance in their chosen sport should improve. This is regularly reported.
A good example of this is by working on the muscles between the ribs (intercostals) abdomen and upper back, the sports person will be able to breathe much deeper, expanding the rib cage more than usual, taking in more oxygen and this can make exercise easier to perform.
In addition, advice may be given concerning diet and nutrition and possibly adaptogenic plants that can naturally enhance energy levels, performance and recovery from exercise.
Apart from being an osteopath Graeme is also a naturopath, zen bodytherapist and holistic healer and offers natural treatments for those wishing to deal with general health, emotional and stress issues.
To book an appointment or for further information please call 01268 287733. SPECIAL OFFER for the first osteopathic consultation and treatment only £15 if you mention the code UFU001.
For the regular osteopathic fees and fees for the other therapies please call for information.