No dithering as Isabella's hands on approach works for new Peninsula Osteopathy practice

  Posted: 11.07.20 at 07:48 by Derek Davis

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When Isabella Clark makes her mind up, that’s it, no messing, she is all in.

Look at her decision to leave Sydney the day before lockdown in the UK began. With Australia also struggling with the pandemic and things shutting down, prospects for an osteopath were not great and Isabella was not hanging about.

“I had all this experience as an osteopath but no one was taking on, there was no work," said Stutton girl Isabella. "So one morning I thought ‘that’s it I’m going home’. By the evening, tickets were bought and I was on my way back.”

Another key decision for Isabella had been brought about through tragic circumstances, which proved to be a life defining moment.

Her love of horse riding, and the inherent risk, meant some accidents resulting in visiting osteopaths and over a period of time understanding their work and skills, with one man called Peter Walker in particular, piquing her interest.

Peter, who was not only her osteopath but became a good friend, died suddenly due to a stroke, and that inspired her to drop the equine science course she had been studying for a year and moved to London to become an osteopath.

Isabella with Skippy

Isabella said: “It was dreadfully sad but I remember being at Peter’s funeral 15 years ago and it hit me like a bolt of lightning.

“He had been brilliant and I was always fascinated with the science, and how the hands could work on the body. I decided there and then to drop the equine course I was on and study osteopathy.”

A Stutton girl, who went to Ipswich High School at Woolverstone, Isabella has returned to her roots after five years studying and working in London, then four years in Australia, and has now set up her own Peninsula Osteopathy business.

She has already renewed old friendships, including riding instructor Caroline Colwill at Bylam Farm where she learned to ride, and has found there is a gap in the market on the peninsula

After graduating with a Masters from the British School of Osteopathy, in London, Isabella is now an experienced practitioner and is quickly establishing herself with regular patients in Stutton.

Swapped horses for running and completed New York Marathon

“It has been incredible really," said Isabella. “I have been working three days a week and bookings have been very good.”

She is also on point with Dry Needling, a modern version of Chinese acupuncture, which can achieve surprisingly good results.  

Isabella has found lockdown has brought about a whole new raft of issues with more people working from home developing neck aches and upper back pain. The lower back has also suffered, especially among those getting out and about in the garden and getting stuck into the DIY.

Isabella’s patients can rest assured while being social distancing is not an option, there are various health and safely protocols in place as per government guidelines. She wears a mask and the room is aired and disinfected between patients. 

For more details go to Peninsula Osteopathy on our Local List directory.

Dry needling is a modern version of Chinese acupuncture

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