Samuel Maddock Osteopathy
Samuel Maddock BSc (Hons) Ost
Samuel is a UK registered osteopath based in the city of Bath. He specialises in the prevention of migraine headaches and the treatment of persistent symptom patterns.
Samuel graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2003 with first class honours, having completed a four year degree. He was awarded the Silver Medal for the highest academic achievement in his year, together with other prizes. Upon qualifying Samuel moved to Bath and has worked there in private practice since 2003. He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Samuel is also a member of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) and Osteopaths for Progress in Headaches and Migraines (OPHM).
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The catalyst to my passion for migraine research initially developed as a result of helping to prevent my wife from regularly suffering with her own migraines. Over the years since then, I have seen increasing numbers of patients present to my clinic with a history of debilitating migraine headaches, and I have witnessed the dramatic impact that this can have on pretty much every aspect of their lives. As a result, I have focussed increasing amounts of my clinical research on the subject of migraines, in order to help develop a comprehensive therapeutic approach, designed to assist my patients in the successful prevention of their migraine headaches.
As an Osteopath, I take pride in helping my patients of all ages regain control of their health and combat a wide range of persistent symptoms that can affect the musculoskeletal system.
Since qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in 2003, I have had the pleasure of treating many thousands of patients, and I’ve learned from each and every one of them. I’ve carefully listened to their needs and this has enabled me to develop an ever stronger interest in successfully treating symptoms that ‘just won’t go away’.
Many of my patients present to me after trying a number of different therapies in an attempt to resolve their unexplained persistent physical symptoms. They have usually also seen their GP, had negative or inconclusive test results, and been prescribed medication that they don’t really want to take.
They then ask me if there is anything else they can do?..
Sam has been wonderful at helping me get my migraines under control. He continuously keeps his knowledge up to date with researching new treatments. As well as treating me as an osteopath, Sam has advised regarding supplements to help prevent migraines, along with life style changes and these have all impacted in reducing my migraines.
I initially visited Sam for treatment with back/neck pain approximately 10 years ago, having been referred across by another osteopath who’s treatment wasn’t helping me. With Sam’s gentle approach I gradually started to improve and started to do more in my life!! I have had regular 3/4 weekly maintenance appointments since then.
About 4 years ago I fell quite poorly with vestibular issues, not necessarily caused by my neck, but certainly contributing to my symptoms. I can honestly say I don’t think I’d have got to where I am now without the kindness, patience, support and knowledge that Sam has offered. Last year I was finally diagnosed with Vestibular Migraine - all linked in with the initial illness. Yet again Sam’s knowledge is helping me cope with this. I trust him implicitly. I still have treatment every 3-4 weeks. I travel from Clevedon to Bath on the train to get this treatment, so he must be good!
Establish a clear working diagnosis
In many cases with a patient that I’m meeting for the first time, I discover that one of the key issues playing a role in their ongoing symptoms is an overwhelm state. It may be that the quality of their life is just too disrupted by their symptoms in order to get a clear handle of what is happening to them and why, or it may be that they feel bombarded by information and possible treatment approaches that they should try. Sometimes they are not certain whether they are suffering with migraine related symptoms, or if something else is causing their symptoms.
They may be scared, frustrated, even exasperated at the continuing issues that they face. So, the first task is to start to reduce any uncertainty and begin working together towards an understanding of what is going on and what can be done about it.
Keep it simple
My approach is not complicated, in fact I believe it is especially important to keep things concise and simple to understand.
But I may introduce some ideas that have not previously been discussed with you, such as the possible role that your cells are playing in your ongoing symptoms. Alternatively, we may focus on the amount and quality of sleep that you are having, or the levels of stress in your life and how both of these factors can contribute in a key way.
The concepts I discuss may be new to you but I will always endeavour to ensure that you understand them and that they are relevant to you. When examining you, I will also take the time to explain the process and talk you through my findings, what they mean, and what we can do about them. It is a team effort after all...
Design an effective treatment approach and management plan
Each patient that I see is unique, which means that they each respond differently to different types of treatment.
So, I have studied and learnt to use a combination of treatment approaches over the years which, when combined in the right way for the individual, can be extremely effective in addressing stubborn, ongoing symptom patterns, and can play a key role in the successful prevention of migraine headaches.
Through my research and clinical experience, the approaches that I have found most effective in these cases include an appropriate combination of structural and cranial osteopathy, combined with trigger point therapy and acupressure techniques. I also have extensive experience in the clinical application of low level PEMF therapy and its role in enhancing cellular function.
To further develop my work as an osteopath and how I can assist my patients, I have studied principles of sleep science, mindfulness and relaxation skills (such as advanced breathing and body awareness techniques), plus concepts of energy medicine and mitochondrial dysfunction to name a few.
These additional concepts can make all the difference when putting together an effective management plan to successfully help prevent ongoing migraine headaches and combat other persistent physical symptoms.
Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
If you would like to book a consultation with Samuel please call 01225 311112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary health care system, complementary to other medical practices. It is suitable for almost any individual and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths work mostly on muscles, joints and ligaments, through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. They use a wide variety of techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint articulation, manipulation and cranial osteopathy.
Osteopaths view the body as an integrated and indivisible whole, with the ability to heal itself. This self-healing mechanism can be utilised as part of the osteopathic treatment process, with the core aim of improving the quality of function within the body and removing blocks to healing. No part of the body can be considered in isolation. Relevant psychological and social factors are also considered and form part of the process of patient diagnosis and management.
Osteopaths use their expert palpation skills as a key part of the diagnostic and treatment process. This also includes a thorough patient history, observing active movements of the body and examining the musculoskeletal system in detail. X -rays, scans and other clinical investigations are also used if required.
Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council in order to practice. Patients may be referred by their doctor, or they may opt to see an osteopath independently.
Conditions treated by osteopaths
The most common conditions that osteopaths treat are:
However, patients have found osteopathy helpful for many other conditions. If you would like to find out more, please contact us at email@example.com
I had no idea how important a good osteopath was until I decided to run the Marathon des Sables in 2007, never having run before. Training for 5 marathons in 6 days with a back pack means (in my case) an injury a month (ankle, leg, back, shoulder) and Sam’s enormous skill, and natural ability, solved each of them in turn. This has now lead me to regular sessions to keep my body in better shape through regular visits [combined with other, complementary, fitness/core training]. I have recommended Sam to many friends and without exception they comment on his great skill, and natural empathy to assist all of them significantly with various aches and pains (nearly everyone I know has a back problem of one sort or another!). Sam is seriously brilliant and I would guarantee anyone that a visit to him will change their life for the better.
I have had back problems on and off for many years, it finally got so bad that I was in almost constant pain and struggled to stand upright when I got out of bed and experienced sharp spasms of pain when carrying anything. I started to see Sam and the improvement was amazing. He immediately identified the cause of my back problems and treated it as well as recommending daily exercises. At first I saw Sam weekly and this gradually decreased as my back improved and I now see him every 6-8 weeks due to the nature of my issue. I recommend Sam to everyone I meet who is suffering with back pain. I have been amazed at both his treatment abilities and also his wealth of medical knowledge. I trust him completely and appreciate his calm, pleasant manner.
Over a period of some 13 years, Sam’s treatment has ensured that there has been no deterioration in a chronic hip condition; hip joint replacement surgery, which had been anticipated, has not been necessary. His attention to detail, his ability to home in on and clearly explain the underlying issues that need to be managed, have consistently provided confidence in his skill and approach.
I saw my GP to see if there was any help for my osteoarthritis which had become very painful – she recommended that the only possible solution was to consult an Osteopath. So it was that I was introduced to Bevis Nathan and Samuel Maddock. I have been attending their clinic, and with Samuel for a number of years. Samuel has treated the effects of osteoarthritis in my feet and subsequently the effects of muscular aberrations from taking statins. Every visit has been timed to ensure that my pain threshold is rarely reached, my walking ability has over time improved dramatically and is much more comfortable. Samuel seems to get to the root of the problems I present to him very quickly and efficiently. Every visit is greeted with quiet attention, enthusiasm and constant care and, is always enjoyable. It’s not often one meets with this level of constancy, care and indeed a gentlemanly approach. His studies into existing and new approaches to his science and craft is very interesting and re-assuring.
I have been having osteopathy appointments with Sam since I damaged my back after a car accident over 10 years ago. Even though this was successfully treated, I have continued receiving regular treatment as maintenance for back and neck stiffness (caused primarily by my desk job). In this time Sam has also helped massively for relief from migraines. Sam is very friendly and easy to get on with, and explains the treatment he gives very clearly. I am glad that I found a practitioner that I trust and consider Sam's holistic approach to treatment as an essential element of my general health and well-being.