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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
BY CHELSEA HUGHES
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THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019
I was heading back to London after a weekend in Leeds visiting the uni girls, the journey is only around two hours, but just being sat down for that long was excruciating pain for my back. To the point where I’d rather be standing. That’s when I knew I had to seek professional help.
I’ve been suffering reoccurring back pain for years. Around 12 years ago I was involved in an accident that caused me to fracture my spine in multiple places. But it had fully-healed since then, so I wasn’t sure if my pain was a long-term result of the accident, my bra-size increasing, or had simply come from nowhere.
I’d been having massages on a monthly basis, exercising regularly, stretching, but nothing would budge it for longer than a few weeks. I was literally this meme but at 26: After the train journey from Leeds, the pain became intolerable, so I researched a lot into back pain, remedies and medical attention
According to the NHS, osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person's muscles and joints. It focuses on your skeleton and your muscles to ensure they are functioning smoothly together.
I met with Mr Saied Shasavari the osteopath at Mersai Health Clinic just off Harley Street in London. He gave me an initial consultation to assess my posture. Just from looking at me sat down he said “I can see that your right shoulder is more curved than your left”. Apparently, the distance from my neck to my shoulder was shorter on the right hand side, only something a
Next, he instructed me to walk to the other side of the room and back. He explained that I have a lazy walk (can’t disagree), that every step is basically stopping me from falling down, instead of striding with purpose. If you’re imaging me walking like a sad Eeyore, then same.
Saied is a lovely and warm character, his background is in Chinese Medicine and holistic treatments, techniques that benefit the practice of osteopathy. He really gets to know you and your pain by breaking down your medical history and your daily struggles. He understands your discomfort as though he suffers it himself.