My name is Daniel Cullen and I am an Osteopath. I treat a wide range of musculo-skeletal complaints.
My approach is to consider the person as a whole – body, mind and spirit. The techniques I use include deep tissue massage, gentle muscle stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation. I aim to reduce pain and restore proper structure and function to the body, which enables my patients to get back to doing the things they like to do.
I love seeing my patients make progress over the course of their treatment, and at university I took a special interest in the effect of the patient – practitioner rapport and how it affects treatment outcome.
Why did you become an Osteopath?
I suffered rib pain from a training injury and went to see an Osteopath. I was incredibly impressed by his ability to diagnose and explain my problem. I got better after only four treatments and this sparked my interest in the profession. I had been interested in becoming an orthopaedic doctor when I was at school as I had suffered multiple sports injuries and so became intrigued by how the body works. Osteopathy seemed like a good fit.
What makes your job worthwhile?
When my patient reports being in considerably less pain, and is able to move more freely. I get to make people feel better and help them back to normal life, back to doing what they love.
What is unique about how you work?
I believe that our mental and emotional state has a huge impact on our physical health, so I try to create an environment where my patients can feel at ease and relax.
Who has influenced you most in your career as an Osteopath?
Two of my tutors at college were a huge influence on me through their technical knowledge, and by their encouragement and belief in me.
What’s the piece of advice you give to your patients/clients most often?
Keep moving. Many people sit for long periods at a desk for work, often with posture that has caused and/or is maintaining their condition. So I tell them to get up often and move around, often with specific exercises I give them. I also advise my patients to continue being active as far as possible within their recovery plan, as I understand the frustrating feeling of not being able to do the activities and sports we love.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I like to stay fit and healthy by swimming and running. I love to visit Cornwall to surf whenever I get the chance. I like listening to music, playing blues guitar, ocean photography, and being outside in nature.