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Saied’s background in Chinese medicine and holistic treatments brought him to osteopathy when he moved to the UK from his native Iran nearly 20 years ago. The discipline is still present in his work, along with an overarching sense that Saied is "treating the whole" - he got me to stick out my tongue and felt my pulse in my wrist and ankle to see if my body was in balance. Clue - it isn’t. Saied’s manner, on the other hand, is perfectly balanced - he’s a warm and comforting presence, even when getting to the heart of the matter.
Saied was brilliant. He took great care dissecting my medical and activity history. He was interested in my proclivity for acrobatics as a child and exercise as an adult. He also wanted to explain what he thought caused the womb issues that I’d suffered from and suspected that sluggish circulation of the lymph fluid could be the culprit. With regard to today’s back and shoulder pain, Saied diagnosed chronic tension in the hip flexor muscles (the psoas and iliacus, to give them their correct names), which was causing changes to my posture (curvy spine alert). So, a lot of tension and blockage going on in the stomach and pelvis area causing ructions across my body. Super. But at least I was given an explanation for the pain and, as a result, a solution for it - just what I was after.
Many osteopaths have just worked on my neck and shoulders, but Saied brushed this option aside immediately: “Unless your stomach is sorted out, treating the back is a waste of time.” I was banned from exercise (sadface) until after a few more sessions: “You need sorting out, that’s that.” Saied’s manner is no-nonsense yet very reassuring and he’s interested in really getting to the root cause of your issues. Don’t expect a quick fix and be prepared to listen to his instructions, even if not exercising makes you want to weep.
Good for: a holistic understanding of your issue, getting to the root of the pain; detailed explanations of diagnoses