Laura Baker Holland

I live in Bedford now, but I was raised in the beautiful county of Shropshire, before heading to London to study psychology as my first degree. I worked briefly in a psychiatric hospital, then returned to university to do a MSc in computing, before embarking on my first career, as an IT project manager. This entailed driving many thousands of miles, working under pressure, striving to deliver in sometimes trying circumstances. Burn-out is a common experience, which I never thought would apply to me, so I put up with sleepless, anxious nights, days away from home, ignoring the need to take care of myself. Eventually, I had exhausted all my coping mechanisms and my body decided enough was enough. My poor health forced me to step back and acknowledge that something fundamental had to change.

So, I needed to do something different, and I discovered I could do a degree in Osteopathy, part-time over 5 years. I took a course in remedial and sports massage, left my last job in IT and started working for myself as a massage therapist, whilst studying a part time Masters degree in osteopathy. Fast forward 5 years, and here I am, delighted to be able to call myself an Osteopath! My specialisations are older adult care, pregnancy and post-partum ladies and headaches. I also have an active interest in treating people with autoimmune conditions, and in working with busy, stressed professionals.

The beauty of my job lies in the fact that each one of us is unique, and therefore, no treatment is ever the same. My main tools are my hands, but of course, just as important is listening to what a patient says about their pain, (and themselves), as well as looking at how they move. I don’t think I will ever get over the thrill of hearing someone tell me they feel better. Who couldn’t love that?

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