About Purbeck Osteopathy

Guy Ryder - registered Osteopath

Guy Ryder BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, Diploma APNT Sports Massage Therapy

In 2006 I decided to change my career path and started to train to become an Osteopath. Qualification is achieved through an intense and demanding 5 year program, underpinned by clinical training, resulting with a Bachelor of Science honours degree in Osteopathy. Further exams have to then be undertaken to become registered with the General Osteopathic Council. I qualified with the College of Osteopaths in London and have now set up practice in Purbeck. During the degree process I also qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist.

I have been brought up in the Purbeck area for most of my life. In the 15 years prior to qualification I managed my family's estate in Purbeck and still continue to keep a small advisory role in the business. Prior to this, I worked for myself running a Marine Chandlery and a Powerboat and Water-ski School on the edge of Poole Harbour in Hamworthy.

What’s involved?

Initial consultation will take approximately an hour and a thorough case history will be taken. During this process questions will be asked about your diet, exercise, daily routine, your job, previous and current health concerns – all of which give us clues to assist us in our diagnosis. I will then give you a postural examination which may involve you dressing down to your underwear - so please bring underwear that you are comfortable in, however towels will be provided. Most examination and treatment is done by the use of touch or palpation. It may however be necessary to take your blood pressure, check your pulses and reflexes or in some cases refer you back to your GP for further tests.

Treatment will often involve some soft tissue massage, gentle and rhythmic articulation (movement) of troubled joints, and in some cases a technique will be applied which may give a small ‘pop’ or ‘click’ in the joint. This is perfectly normal. It is similar to cracking your knuckles! Treatment will also involve discussion surrounding what may have caused your complaint and we can discuss with you ways of trying to prevent the symptoms re-occurring.

Where are the sessions held?

Currently on Mondays and Thursdays I work from my own clinic just off West Walls adjacent to West Street in Wareham. On Tuesdays and Fridays you will find me working out of the The Bay Skin and Body Centre off Commercial Road in Swanage.

Please call 01929 766008 to make an appointment at any premises. I look forward to hearing from you.