What made you want to become an osteopath?
An osteopath helped a friend recover from a serious sporting injury, and I was fascinated with instant pain relief provided, it was unlike anything I had seen before.
How long have you worked in osteopathy?
I graduated in 2009 after completing my Masters in Osteopathic Medicine.
Where did you study to become an osteopath?
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine – London
You met your wife (Joanna Cram) when you were studying – could you have imagined back then you’d be working alongside her in a family business?
We were great friends before we were a couple so it has always seemed the most natural thing to be working together. The fact that Joanna’s parents were also osteopaths was great as they shared their enthusiasm and passion for Cram Osteopaths with us from the start.
How did you find working alongside the in-laws?!
I learned such a lot from Alex and Heidi, both greatly experienced osteopaths (now retired). It was and still is great having instant access to treatment whenever I need it. We get on along great, so working together was always fun and interesting.
If you hadn’t been an osteopath, what would you have been?
I applied for the first series of The Apprentice and I can safely say now I am very glad I didn’t get through! Or perhaps a professional footballer when i was in my youth…?!
What do you consider to be one of your greatest achievements in your career so far?
I have had some great experiences helping our profession as a Scottish Osteopathic Committee member and a regional representative of Scotland.
However my greatest achievements are the differences I can make to a patient. When a patient arrives in serious pain, hobbling, using a walking aid or hunched over unable to stand straight, the severity of the situation is clear. It is the most rewarding feeling when after a treatment I can watch them walk out of the door unaided with great posture. It never fails to inspire me to continue my work and help more people.
What do you love about being an osteopath?
I love the noises that come from an osteopathic manipulation! There is a great satisfaction from delivering an adjustment for both patient and osteopath when you hear that pop, It feels great.
What would you say to someone who has never used an osteopath or isn’t sure if it is for them?
Cram Osteopaths prides itself in getting patients out of pain quickly and keeping them healthy. If I can’t help a patient I will tell them straight away and refer them to the appropriate person who can help. If osteopathy can help the patient I get to work to allow the patient to get back to where they want to be, doing all the things they want to do.
What is the one surprising thing most people don’t know about you?
I appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders series 9 #2 “dead letters”, as a giant kangaroo! I also eat a large 16inch pizza every Saturday.