I went to a number of different types of practitioners to try to keep my problems under control; and some of them were very helpful. It was annoying to me to have to go regularly to different people to get different techniques used, and I began to wonder why there wasn't one practitioner with the ability to do what was needed, and to help me to understand the underlying issues.
That was when I first read about osteopathy, and realised two things: first, that the principles behind this form of medicine were completely consistent with what I had been doing professionally for years; and second, that it is useful for much more than back pain. I've been having what can best be described as a love-affair with it ever since.
At the time I was a senior manager in the field of organisation development, and I still consult in that area from time to time; mainly as a support to other consultants.
I have an undergraduate degree (B App Sc (Osteo)), and a masters degree (M Ost) in osteopathy, through
the University of Western Sydney. I also have four other tertiary qualifications, across two other disciplines. I have been practicing as an osteopath since 2002.
I like to think that a diverse background with a range of skills makes me good at solving health-related problems.
By drawing on different disciplines to see what's causing an issue, I help chart a course for change and improvement. My background in the corporate world, together with my clinical perspective, has taught me to look at things a different way.
A recurring problem in an organisation may be caused by the wrong approach to hiring, or by inappropriate technology. A recurring problem in the body may be caused by a chemical, neurological or muscular imbalance; in a different part of the body. The key is to ask the right questions before we pull together the answers.
John Smartt, Osteopath
“I look upon the treating of effects as being as unwarranted as it would be for the fireman of a city to fight the smoke and pay no attention to the cause that produces it.”
AT Still, the "discoverer" of osteopathy,