Getting down to business with Balanced Body Clinic
Moira Mulvey from Balanced Body Clinic talks about her life as an osteopath and gives Miranda Jessop top tips on looking after herself.
It was while I was working in an office that the idea of becoming an osteopath first came to me. I was getting headaches from the computer and a friend suggested I see an osteopath. I had never even heard of osteopathy but, after just one treatment, my headaches had improved and I realised that I had found my true vocation. I spent four years studying for a degree in Osteopathic Medicine and I never looked back. That was twenty three years ago.
I moved to Twickenham in 2012, really quite by chance. I had been working in Barbados for ten years, came back to the UK and rented a house from a friend who was moving abroad. I turned the sitting room into my treatment room and it went from there.
Two years ago I moved my practice to Heath Road. It’s been brilliant having a presence on the High Street; so many people see the sign and just pop in.
People often think osteopathy is just about backs but it is so much more than that. It is literally head to toe; anything that has a joint or a muscle, I basically attend to.
My style of treatment involves a combination of soft tissue massage and stretching, joint manipulation, cranial osteopathy, trigger point acupuncture as well as advice on exercise, posture and nutritional influences.
In 95% of cases people come to see me because they are in pain and they usually don’t know why. As I start treating them, it is so satisfying to see people getting better.
It’s important to talk to clients about all aspects of their lifestyle. Nowadays we are all sitting in front of computers for very long periods of time and, because our work life is often so sedentary, we are basically seizing up and tiny little things can trigger a problem.
I couldn’t do my job without my hands; osteopathy is very physical. I once broke my elbow and I was still able to work but, if I injured my hands, it would be just impossible.
If I was to give one piece of advice to people as they grow older, it would be to make sure that they stretch their bodies every single day. Two really easy but effective stretches are to sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, then push your chest towards your thighs and to lie flat on your back with a towel rolled vertically between your shoulder blades.
Twickenham is such a great place to live and work. I love the village feel and I adore the cross section of shops and people; there’s so much character here. At lunchtime, I relax by walking around the Green, that’s my down-time.
I love to travel and my longterm goal is to one day open a yoga and pilates retreat in Sri Lanka. I have actually just bought a piece of land there so I am one step closer to making my dream a reality.
Balanced Body Clinic, 96 Heath Road