*** Please note that Freya is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her baby boy. ***
Freya graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (now UCO) in 2016. She mostly works structurally and has a particular interest in working with patients with osteoarthritis.
Patient education is really important to Freya, in the treatment room and online. She writes blogs and illustrates them for various websites, including the Academy of Physical Medicine. She is particularly enthusiastic about making the current osteopathic research accessible to all.
Freya has always set her sights on Osteopathy, studying full time at the British School of Osteopathy for four years. During this time, she completed an obstetrics elective and spent time in the expectant mothers clinic. She loves treating pregnant women.
In addition to her role as an osteopath, Freya is re-illustrating a text book in the coming months, (“Science in the Art of Osteopathy” by Caroline Stone).
We asked Freya:
What do you love about your job?
I love having the chance to make a difference to individuals. There’s no more satisfying day at work than one where I can relieve someone of their pain, or at the very least give them back some control and understanding.
I love working with patients with osteoarthritis; often these people come in as a last resort because they’ve been told that they “just have to live with it”. Osteopathy can be really beneficial for arthritis, as we can get the affected joint moving to improve the state of the cartilage. We can get the rest of the body moving better too, easing the load on the arthritic joint. There’s not much more satisfying than seeing someone rely less and less on their crutches over a few weeks of treatment!
What is your best piece of lifestyle advice?
Find a form of exercise you love. Walking the dog counts! Try classes at the gym, try a running club, try a seven minute workout at home. Once you find a routine with it, it’s easy to stick to – but if you dread doing it you won’t get it to the routine stage.
Our other therapists
Dan Warin BSc (Hons) Ost Med. PGCE – Senior Osteopath
Dan graduated in 2005 after completing a 4 year full time course. His degree had a heavy leaning towards a more traditional, classical style of osteopathy, which is now only taught at a post graduate level. Combining classical osteopathy with the more modern-day science based approach, allows Dan to deliver a more rounded and complete form of treatment.
Laura Webb – MSc, BSc (Hons) – Senior Sports Therapist
Laura graduated in 2009 after completing a 3 year undergraduate degree. Since then Laura has gained valuable experience working in the NHS, private practice and pitch side settings treating a variety of muscular conditions. In 2013 she completed her Sports Therapy Masters, allowing her to include further techniques such as mobilisations of the limbs and spine to complement her existing skills.
Daniel Cullen – Registered Osteopath
Daniel has been a registered osteopath since 2019. His approach is to reduce pain initially, and then restore proper structure and function to the body.
Melissa Thorpe – M.Ost – Associate Osteopath
Melissa has a Masters of Osteopathy with Distinction from the University College of Osteopathy. She is also a qualified BTEC Level 5 Diploma Soft Tissue Therapist, mental health first aider and emergency first aider.