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?
Where did you study to become an osteopath?
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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. As a couple in the same profession the bond between us is very strong and we are able to help each other through anything. The fact that Jo’s folks were also osteopaths was great as they shared their enthusiasm and passion for Cram Osteopaths with us from the start.
How do you find working alongside the in-laws?!
I have learned such a lot from Alex and Heidi, both greatly experienced osteopaths. We all have a great dynamic and bounce off each other really well. It is also a great thing to have an osteopath to hand when I need a treatment myself. Sorry, no mother-in-law jokes from me sadly!
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!
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 here that pop, It feels great. I also love that I have a plinth in my room; if we have had a sleepless night with the kids there is nothing better than having a nap to refresh me for the afternoon. The kids are an excuse I just like napping at lunch time.
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”. I also eat a large 16inch pizza every Saturday.