Andrew MacMillan is a registered osteopath and formerly part of the Shefford Osteopathic Clinic team.. Read about Andrew’s journey… what inspired him to become an osteopath… how did he achieve his goal? Andrew explains:
“I decided to study osteopathy about eight years ago now, to be honest I didn’t really know what an Osteopath did before I had been to see one. I certainly didn’t realise it took five years to become one!
“I have always been involved in sports and weight training and was working in the Royal Navy as an engineer when I suffered a low back injury. It was very painful and I didn’t really know where to go to get help. My mother convinced me to see a local osteopath and after just three sessions I was pain-free for the first time in years! That was when I decided that I wanted to do that with my life! (Cue inspirational music!)
“I didn’t know where to start with my training or if I would even like the job itself so I thought I would test the water with a massage course… and I loved it! I went on to do further courses such as personal training and nutrition before finally committing to start my degree in London.
“The university I trained at offered a part-time course so I was able to work for the first few years of my training which really helped. A few years on and I still love my job. In fact, I would say the change has been one of the best decisions I have made. I now teach exercise rehab to osteopathy students and work with a fantastic team with no commute to work.
“That’s my story of why I do what I do and why I love my job! If you are looking for a change or to go back to study I would say it’s never too late and you may be surprised at how many options there are that fit in with your other commitments.”