Amanda practices a broad Osteopathic approach based on her experience in science and sports, applying various techniques such as structural, cranial, visceral, functional and biomechanical assessment with positional release and muscle energy techniques.
She aims to release any restrictions with lowest level of invasion, assisting the body to find balance with soft tissue techniques first and foremost. Spinal and joint manipulation feature as a last resort and are therefore usually attained with minimal effort or force, nurturing the body to health and balance.
Amanda believes in self help and lifestyle management where necessary so expect some 'homework'! If there is a particular area requiring more specific treatment or guidance, Amanda will refer or recommend you to one of our other specialist practitioners or, via your GP, for a consultant opinion.
Amanda has had a life-long love of sports and activity which sparked a deeper interest in the science of sports performance and function of the human body. From school day experiences of a vast array of individual and team sports, to international competition, Amanda has pushed the boundaries in numerous events from Table-tennis to Volleyball, Swimming to Judo, learning first hand how the body reacts and responds to different situations. A love of the outdoors has led Amanda to pursue endurance running, fell running, trail running, Marathon, Duathlon and Triathlon, competing for Great Britain in Age-Group World Championships, winning Silver in Denmark 2005.
Amanda first studied Science with Sports Studies (1992) at Crewe and Alsager College, Metropolitan University, renowned for it's Sports science and Teacher Training centre and laboratory testing, before going on to the Football Association's full Diploma in the Treatment and Management of Injuries (1995) at National Sports Centre, Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire.
Throughout her studies Amanda gained experience of working within Sports and Leisure, life guarding, instructing gym and various other sports, teaching First Aid and Lifeguarding. Also, working on Ambulance transport and High Dependancy units in Beds & Herts Ambulance & Paramedic Service gave further experience of patient care.
Amanda used her newly learned skills in Sports science and Sports therapy, working alongside and under the good care, encouragement and guidance of Mr D.S.Cox in his Clinic of Osteopathy and Naturopathy in Luton Bedfordshire. After graduating with 2:1 BSc(Hons)Ost (1998) at Oxford School of Osteopathy, Oxford Brooks University, Amanda plunged straight into full-time practice as Osteopath in this established practice in Luton, as her long term friend, colleague and mentor came up to retirement. This gave Amanda a great depth of experience, allowing her to continue learning in practice and to participate in Continued Professional Development with courses and conferences held regularly by the representative and governing bodies.
Amanda entered the Osteopathic profession as it was going through the transition from a self regulated profession with five representative bodies. Laterally, the profession was handed over to compulsory Government Regulation and re-registration of it's practitioners. This brought about the inception of a new Governing Body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) which now provides reassurance and protection for the public, that all practicing Osteopaths must be registered annually and must satisfy standards of practice, appropriate levels of safety and updated knowledge.
Hamilton Semple BA (Hons) DO MICO
Hamilton Semple took his first degree in Social Sciences in London. He subsequently qualified as an osteopath in Maidstone, Kent in 1991. A year later he became a Member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy, passing the Post-Graduate Diploma in Osteopathy. After being in London and Kent, Hamilton returned home to Glasgow.
Hamilton is fully registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is affiliated with the PGA Tour (Professional Golfers Association) as an official osteopath.
Away from the clinic, Hamilton likes to participate in choral singing, hill-walking and running. In general he has a great interest in sports, including golf and tennis. He also enjoys the arts, cinema in particular.
Julie Powell-Evans MOst DO
Julie is French and arrived in the UK in 1998 to pursue a career in finance. She is married and has two young children.
Julie first experienced osteopathy as a patient, through the successful treatment of her neck injury caused by a horse-riding accident and years of poor posture in her City job. She also greatly benefited from osteopathic treatment during pregnancy. The osteopathic treatment of her son’s colic and reflux inspired her to research the subject of osteopathy and its benefits and make a drastic change of careers to become an osteopath.
In the process she also gained qualifications in:
- sports injuries and massage therapy
- the use of Western acupuncture as a complement to osteopathic treatment.
Her particular areas of interest include: sports injury patterns, pregnancy-related strains, the physiology of acute/chronic pain and pain-relief, and the treatment of glue ear (or chronic middle ear infection).