Sian Eaton is a registered Osteopath, and provided us with some great tips for recovery after the London Marathon in April. Sian will also be providing us with useful tips and stretches to improve mobility on our upcoming new blog (launching soon!), so we thought we’d get to know her a little better…
Hi Sian! Tell us a little more about you…
Hi, I'm Sian Eaton and I'm an Osteopath. I work in Covent Garden three days a week, one day teaching at the British School of Osteopathy and one day a week with my two-year-old. I love spending time with my dog- a 6-year-old Alaskan Malamute called Zeus, so either running or walking with him but generally being outside, I'm a country girl at heart.
What education/training does it take to become an Osteopath?
Osteopathy is now a masters level degree and takes four years’ full time education. I studied (and also now teach) at The British School of Osteopathy (http://www.bso.ac.uk/) the largest and oldest osteopathic school in the UK.
Once qualified you must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council and keep up a minimum of 30hrs CPD.
What is it you love about your job?
Job satisfaction - nothing better than seeing someone arrive for an appointment in severe pain and helping them to get better.
I also get to meet some weird and wonderful people, just look at the BOOM team!
With the ever-growing popularity of fitness/wellness, do you think people have become more aware of the need to take care of their bodies?
Yes, absolutely, it is certainly make my job easier.
People are slowly understanding that they need to look after themselves more and not just expecting their bodies to deal with whatever they get thrown at them. Increasing life expectancy means we need our bodies to keep going for longer and people don't want to be in pain. There also seems to be more of an awareness of what can be done and who can help outside of a GP surgery.
When should people consider coming to see an Osteopath?
People should think about visiting an Osteo when they are in pain or discomfort - it really is that simple. Even if you are unsure if it’s due to a musculoskeletal issue, it's always worth getting in touch and discussing your options.
If you've had an acute injury it's generally worth waiting 24hrs to see how things go, things usually ease with some rest, but again do get in touch if you aren't sure what to do.
If you have an ongoing problem - even if it's been bothering you for years, it's surprising what can be done to help.
And if you're sceptical then have a read and see what the NHS has to say about us: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/O...
Where can people find your clinic?
The clinic is based on Shelton street- just off Long Arce in Covent Garden. If you're interested in finding out more please visit purusactivehealth.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you do to stay active? (are you a runner, yoga-enthusiast, love a good walk, etc.)
My job is pretty active and on a usual working day I regularly hit my 20,000 steps. I usually aim to run four times a week and plenty of long walks with my dog, not to mention running around after a two-year-old keeps me on my toes!
We saw you in the studio recently for a lunchtime ride! How was it?
Exhilarating! Never experienced such an endorphin high post exercise, so much fun- I've vowed to become a regular.