I am Tom Glindon and I am an Osteopath. I treat a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages.
As a keen cyclist and rugby player I have a particular interest in sports injuries. I use a holistic approach to treatment to treat areas away from the injury site that may in fact be the root cause of the pain. This gives you an overall body assessment and can highlight other problem areas.
As well as standard Osteopathic techniques such as manipulation, I like to utilise lymphatic drainage techniques to help reduce inflammation as well as trying to reduce fascial adhesions (tissue pain) that may make a difference.
My Masters thesis at University centred on the biomechanical factors that may influence knee pain in cyclists, so if you fall into this patient group don’t hesitate to give me a call, as I can help you readjust your posture for cycling and potentially help you enhance your performance.
I hope to see you soon!
Why did you become an Osteopath?
I wanted be in a career in which I could help people. After looking at different options I stumbled across Osteopathy. The holistic approach and scope for variation in practice instantly had me sold. Being a big lover of sports, the direction in which Osteopathy was moving was also a big draw, particularly the recent involvement of the profession at the London 2012 Olympics.
What makes your job worthwhile?
The thing I love best about the job is making people better and helping them discover the benefits of Osteopathy. I also enjoy the satisfaction of seeing my knowledge base grow and evolve during my professional development.
What is unique about how you work?
Aside from standard Osteopathic techniques such as manipulation, I like to utilise lymphatic drainage techniques to help reduce inflammation as well as trying to reduce fascial adhesions (tissue pain) that may make the difference between an injury feeling better or not recurring for an extended period.
Who has influenced you most in your career as an Osteopath?
If my parents had not understood my desire to train in Osteopathy, something neither of them had experienced before then I may not have become an Osteopath.
As a student of Osteopathy not long ago I would have to say my tutors at university for presenting me with a variety of tools and methods to approach problems whilst encouraging me to formulate my own opinions.
What’s the piece of advice you give to your patients/clients most often?
I don’t like telling patients to stop exercising unless it is absolutely necessary and so I tend to encourage patients to keep moving as well as using ice to reduce inflammation and help reduce pain and whenever you stretch, it must be for no less than 30 seconds!!
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Most of the time I spend my free time in the gym, I particularly enjoy using kettle bells to train with. Away from the gym I love to go mountain biking and using my GoPro to make videos of rides. I recently made one of a mountain biking trip to the French alps.
Although I love to holiday abroad in hotter climates my ideal holiday would be two weeks of camping in sunny Cornwall. As a destination for many family holidays as a kid and being brought up in a scouting family this has a certain sense of nostalgia about it.