November 2011 – The BodyHoliday, having just completed its multimillion dollar summer refurbishment project, the St. Lucia resort continues its dedication to world class holistic offerings. It is reintroducing Osteopathy at the wellness centre with the appointment of ‘Osteopath Joe’.
Joe Scarisbrick is the new resident Osteopath. He grew up in Essex, England, as a very active and sporty child, with interests in swimming, basketball and rugby. Joe initially considered Physiotherapy, but felt that the patients tended to wait too long for treatments. This led him to start a career in Osteopathy…and the rest is history!
During his education at the British School of Osteopathy, he spent over one thousand hours in a busy clinical practice treating a wide range of patients of different ages and with different conditions. He also completed courses in Advanced Spinal Manipulation, Visceral Osteopathy and Obstetrics and Osteopathy. After he concluded the four year course, he took his learning further with a course in Cranial Osteopathy and at present looks forward to using his skills at The BodyHoliday.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that deals with a range of complaints. It believes that the structure and function of the body; how it’s built and how it works together are all reciprocally interrelated, and that you can’t have one working well without the other.
The ideology behind Osteopathy is about finding the cause, and stopping it from coming back. Quite often the symptomatic area is not the cause of the symptoms. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance. A wide range of techniques are used, including massage, cranial techniques (sometimes referred to as ‘Cranial Osteopathy’) and joint mobilization. This breadth of approach allows Joe to focus on every patient’s precise needs.
Joe explained that Osteopathy can treat numerous conditions and is not simply about treating the back (a common misconception). It can help to treat any structural problem such as lower back pain, neck pain, pains associated with stress, shoulder pain, arm pain, leg pain, hip pain and headaches. Osteopathy can also help reduce the pains associated with conditions such as asthma and sciatica.
Joe is registered as an osteopath in the UK with the General Osteopathic Council.