LAUREN BENNETT

In short:

Hello, I'm Lauren, Qualified Osteopath (MOst) and Personal Trainer located in Wandsworth, Chelsea and Fulham. I received a master’s degree from the London school of Osteopathy after completing a 5 year programme. I work from The Chelsea Bridge clinic and the Energie Fitness club in Fulham, or I have a mobile set up for home or pitch/track side treatments. I am also a Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer and have specialist experience in injury and orthopaedic surgery rehab at all stages of recovery.

The backstory: Why I became a Personal Trainer then an Osteopath.

I competed in athletics (100m and hurdles) from an early age. I was part of Bournemouth athletic club and competed for county, SW- England and at the National Championships. I ran this simultaneously with horse riding competitions on the weekends, again competing at counties in show-jumping and eventing. In the winter I played hockey, I guess you could say I was sporty!  Its not surprising that I pursued a career around this. Firstly, doing a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science, followed by completion of a Personal Training course at Premier Training International, 14 years ago.

My competitive athletics ended abruptly, when I tore my hamstring (and adductor) during training and despite trying to ‘push through it’ I practically fell out of my starting blocks at the next race. I went to various sports therapists at the time, but nothing seemed to help. 1 year later and having sat out the entire season, I saw an Osteopath. His knowledge was astonishing, I really felt like he was the first person who understood what had happened. It transpired that whilst I’d pulled muscles, my pelvis had a torsion due to all the imbalances that had occurred, it was also causing a scoliosis (a lateral curvature) in my mid back, causing compensations right up to my neck!  I left his clinic for the first time feeling I was standing straighter and experiencing less pain in my hamstrings. After treatment he had given me a greater understanding of my posture and the affect one injury can have on other areas! Through training with this acute awareness, I can sprint again- despite being 15 years on (give or take!). I am also horse riding 3- 4 times per week too.  My only wish is that I went to an Osteopath sooner! Over the years of working as a personal trainer, I felt slightly limited, when clients would have injuries or experience pain during a session (the bad kind of pain). The Personal Training course did not cover anatomy and rehab to the extent of a Physio or Osteopath, so I would end up referring these clients as I was not qualified to help in this area. So, I decided to train as an Osteopath myself. I wanted to help others experience this brilliant treatment approach and benefit from osteopathy’s principles. I love that I hear more stories every day of how a great Osteopath has helped someone get back to sports like I did, or simply get out of pain.

Despite all the talk of sports, I was quickly fascinated by all the other applications of Osteopathy and how it’s an effective treatment for nearly everyone. I used to suffer badly with migraines and tension headaches these were sometimes debilitating and resulted in days in bed in a dark room.  Since having osteopathy treatments I have found the frequency of this type of headache is about 1 per year – 18months if under extreme stress or pressure. I feel the benefit of treatment has gone far beyond my original sports injury.

The techniques can be adapted to help, babies, children, pregnant women, elderly and there’s even animal osteopathy! I have found amazing job satisfaction in helping people feel better and get back to doing the things they enjoy, whether the goal is walking the dog or competing in high level sport. As a profession Osteopaths are good at sharing information and we are required to do CPD to keep up to date with current medical and manual therapy.

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