Mr Michael Stewart, Osteopath

Mr Michael Stewart Bsc (Hons) Ost., FDNT, DipION, pgCAP, FHEA

Osteopath

Bsc (Hons) Ost., FDNT, DipION, pgCAP, FHEA

Areas of expertise

  • Spinal pain
  • Jaw pain and headaches
  • Persistent and chronic pain
  • Lower limb gait mechanics
  • Breathing mechanics
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Osteopathic joint manipulation

Address

  • Pure Sports Medicine, Moorgate EC2A

    12 Finsbury Square, London, GB, EC2A 1AS

  • About Mr Michael Stewart

    GOsC number: 5018

    Year qualified: 2002

    Place of primary qualification: British School Of Osteopathy

    Michael is currently working as an osteopath at Pure Sports Medicine, Moorgate in London. His work experience includes treating injured actors, dancers, singers and performers in multiple West End and Off West End theatres. His sporting interests include swimming, weight training, racquet ball, fencing, karate, kickboxing and tai chi.

    His other interests include producing and providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) days to osteopaths and physiotherapists involving nutritional therapy and food and supplementation and their relationships with gastrointestinal disorders and athletes. He's been a clinical tutor and academic lecturer and clinical competency examiner at the University College of Osteopathy.

    Areas of expertise

    • Spinal pain
    • Lower limb gait mechanics
    • Soft tissue therapy
    • Breathing mechanics
    • Jaw pain and headaches
    • Gastrointestinal conditions
    • Autoimmune conditions - ranging from IBS to Hypothyroidism
    • Movement based rehabilitation
    • Musculoskeletal pain, including headaches, jaw pain and back pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Manual therapy
    • Pregnancy
    • Osteopathy
    • Sciatica
    • Persistent and chronic pain
    • Osteopathic joint manipulation
    • Clinical nutrition
    • Nutritional analysis
    • Paleo primal nutrition

    Frequently asked questions

  • What are the common symptoms that your patients tend to present with?

    The majority of patients who come and see me are presenting generally with pain and stiffness. More commonly, it's pain and stiffness in the spinal regions. Very often, it's the low back and hips or upper back, neck, and shoulders. I treat a lot of people who come in with headaches, usually resulting from issues emanating from the spinal areas.

    I also see a fair number of patients having problems with their knees, feet and lower extremities. Quite often, it's posture-related or injury-related, anything from sporting injuries to car crashes to simply bending down and experiencing sharp pain. Hence, I see lots of spinal-related and joint-related symptoms.

    As an osteopath, I'll see anybody for anything, from headaches to back pain to ankle pain. More often than not, it is spinal, but I do see patients presenting with other issues emanating from other areas of the body.

  • What are the treatments that you're able to offer your patients?

    Treatments start out with detailed case history including the medical background. We then do standing or sitting examination of spinal curves, posture, et cetera. We then do active movements, like neck movements, upper back/low back movements, shoulder movements or any movement which is directly related to the issue and also sometimes movements that aren't directly obviously related, but maybe are having a knock-on effect.

    We then do a hands-on examination where we will assess the movement of the spinal segments and joints. It may be that we go through a full range of movements passively of the elbow or the shoulder or the knee or wherever it is that we are looking. We do a hands-on examination of the local tissues, trying to identify what is causing the pain. Normally, it's an area of pain that we find. The treatment is generally a combination of soft tissue massage work and general articulation of the joints through rhythmical movements to increase their range of movement and reduce any local neurological sensitivity or inflammation. Then – quite often, but not always – there will be spinal manipulative joint movements, from the neck to the ribs to the low back and even into the feet. At the same time, I'll generally do an examination from head to toe on the first appointment to make sure that there are no obvious influences, anything from leg length difference which could be causing spinal curve changes to an ankle that doesn't move or other things like that. There's generally an initial gait analysis, but more of a passive than an active one.

    Treatment proceeds after a discussion of findings and options with the patient. As long as they're happy with it, we carry on.

  • What are your areas of sub-specialist interest?

    I have a particular interest in working with necks and jaws, and getting my hands on the inside and the outside of jaws is quite a common thing for me. I'm obviously interested in spinal areas – low back and hips – and a lot of gait, movement, mechanics type work. I have a particular fondness for identifying things like Morton's foot and using functional movement exercises to re-train people into moving better, helping them run better and just move more. I would say, in this clinic, I'm probably the one most likely to perform manipulations to joints of the high velocity, low amplitude thrust nature. Hence, jaws, necks and headaches, low back and hips, and gait mechanics would be my main areas of subspecialist interest. I do a lot of soft tissue, posture, and injury prevention work.

  • Professional memberships

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    Miss Claire Belcourt-Smith has got a particularly expert knowledge of what she works on and she focuses on upper limb/upper extremity issues – wrists, elbows and shoulders. She's really good with her patients.