My yearning to be a doctor/surgeon was changed after a chance visit to The British School of Osteopathy in the early 70’s. I graduated from the BSO in 1976 and went on to practice in central London, Kent, Buckinghamshire and Cambridge over the next 10 years . I returned to BSO as a Clinical tutor from 1977-1982.
I have been working at Complementary Health Centre as an Osteopath for 29 years and have also taught Pilates/ Remedial exercise classes in our studio for 18 years. My passion for exercise and prevention of injury has helped patients and non-patients to improve their Posture,strength and flexibility and likelihood of symptoms recurring. An interest in Dance led to me working at The Urdang Ballet School (1986-1988) and at Laban School of Dance (2011-2013) where I was assessing young dancers and where I developed a love of analysis of foot mechanics and how crucial this is to general posture.
I began working within the NHS 2 years ago with The Lewisham Hospital Voice Clinic as part of a small team of ENT Surgeons and Speech therapists . Osteopathic treatment of the neck and larynx can help with vocal dysfunction and I also see patients at CHC……often Singers/Actors /people with heavy vocal use or following surgery on the larynx.
Patients come for treatment with a wide variety of Musculo/Skeletal complaints. Acute and chronic joint injuries,degenerative and more acute disc problems and Post Surgery Rehabilitation ie joint Replacement . Being able to assess,diagnose and treat people holistically has and continues to be immensely rewarding .Prevention of further injury via gentle Pilates and postural awareness is also a major part of my treatment.
As I have lived in Blackheath 29 years I have established good links in the community and with local GP practices and when not working am happiest when out on a long walk .
“I’ve been seeing Nikki for help with various different injuries for 20 years now and she’s helped me hugely. I originally saw Nikki for a long-term back problem which she helped solve permanently and that was life-changing for me. Nikki is highly skilled, professional and sympathetic – I can’t recommend her highly enough.” Duncan – long term patient
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