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Celebrating 10 years in practice

By Seb Contreras, Aug 12 2014 06:00AM

Where does time go? It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I was graduating from the British School of Osteopathy, yet last month, just like Facebook did in February, we celebrated 10 years of Seb Contreras & Associates! Whilst the success of Seb Contreras & Associates hasn’t been quite that of the social network, the amount of tight or injured muscles that have been therapeutically prodded and poked must be close to the number of Facebook ‘pokes’ that have occurred over the years. From less than 10 consultations a week in 2004, these days there is no time for even the slightest bit of mischief as our receptionists keep us working hard by scheduling well over 100 appointments a week between the 4 of us!

Reflecting on the last 10 years I feel incredibly thankful for many reasons. Firstly I love my job, and I know that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say the same. There is nothing more rewarding than helping to provide someone with relief from their symptoms. On top of this, every 30 minutes varies as I treat a different person, coming from a different background with a different problem. Not only does this rule out any chance of monotony, but I also learn from, and I am enriched by, each and every patient ensuring the patient-practitioner relationship is mutually beneficial: - The patient gets better and I gain wisdom. Furthermore, I am privileged to work alongside exceptional practitioners, who have ensured the clinic has gone from strength to strength. My associates, past and present allow me to relax, safe in the knowledge that the clinic’s patients are in safe hands. Without them the clinic wouldn’t be what it is today. Additionally, my mentors, Kathryn Elliot, who introduced me to osteopathy and Ami Sevi have both been more than generous with their support and guidance over the years.

Unfortunately, with highs there can be lows. Beside the times I am called the ‘c-word’ and by this I mean ‘chiropractor’, there are those patients that frustratingly, despite my best efforts, I fail to improve. In these rare cases, my colleagues and I will always continue to provide these patients with our full support and channel them in a direction that may help them. This is usually in the form of a letter to their GP asking for further diagnostic tests or an appropriate referral to a consultant of some sort.

I write this blog entry looking forward to the next 10 years in practice, serving and supporting the community of Knaresborough and Harrogate. I have no doubt that you will all continue to spend too long weeding the garden without a break or going for a run without warming-up and cooling down, providing my colleagues and I with injuries to treat of all shapes and sizes…

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