David Lower | Cranial & Visceral Osteopath | @DavidandSigi Clinic
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David Lower’s Biography

David Lower portrait photoOriginally from England, David Lower qualified from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine in the UK, with a four year full time, Osteopathic Medicine degree.

 

Whilst studying he had a keen interest in learning orthopedic diagnostics. He managed to enroll himself on a program designed for medical students where he followed surgeons and consultants through surgeries and aftercare protocols.

 

After graduation he worked independently in two clinics treating elderly patients. From there he traveled to Norway and lived there from 2009 to 2014.

 

He has undertaken extensive training in both Visceral Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy. He took his first Cranial course with The Upledger Institute, but has since continued his training with the Sutherland Cranial College in London.

 

The Sutherland Cranial College is widely regarded as the best Cranial teaching faculty in the world. David uses his Cranial skills to reduce the effects of trauma within the body, commonly seen in car, cycling and sports accidents.

 

This then enables him to perform his other techniques to complete a more in-depth, longer lasting treatment. His Cranial treatments are also extremely effective in treating headaches and migraines. Click here for more information about the amazing affects of Cranial Osteopathy.

 

David’s training in the Visceral Osteopathy field has been with The Barral Institute. Jean. P. Barrel, the founder, is also considered amongst many, as the world’s leading specialist in organ techniques.

 

With these techniques David is able to increase the overall health of the body, by increasing the body’s digestive capabilities. He has also successfully treated many runners who have had hip, knee and low back pain caused by organ restrictions.

 

More and more David is beginning to find some link to the digestive system that either causes the main problem of his patients or at the very least helps to maintain the problem. Click here for more information about the amazing treatment of Visceral Osteopathy.

 

At university David was awarded with the prize for being the most influential person in clinic.

 

Throughout his professional career David has discovered he has a very special talent in treating headaches, acute disc prolapses, hip complications and ankle/foot injuries. He also enjoys treating sports injuries, back and neck problems, mouse arm, tennis elbow and postural fatigue.

 

In 2013 David teamed up with a good friend, a Doctor in Podiatry, to learn how to make and measure the human foot for custom made orthotics. He put in a lot of work from 2011 to train himself in this area. He used this system a lot whilst he was in Norway for making custom made orthotics.

 

In November 2014 David immigrated to Canada, fulfilling his life long dream to live in Canada.

 

Unfortunately due to Canadian law he is unable to use this orthotic system in Canada. However he will continue to use his understanding and education to provide a better understanding of the mechanics of the foot. This gives him an extra edge when treating sports injuries of the foot, leg and knee. He is hoping to team up with some local Podiatry clinics in the near future to bring back orthotics to his clinic.

 

A full list of David's qualifications can been seen below.

 

In the future David is really keen to start integrating psychological assessment and treatment within his field of practice. He believes a lot of musculoskeletal problems either begin or are held in a continual state of dysfunction due to the mind or because of particularly strong emotions.

 

He is excited to blend the treatment of both the mind and the body together, to give a more complete treatment.

 

David is a full member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

 

David is extremely passionate about Osteopathy and decided at the age of 13 that he would become an Osteopath. Since then he has worked hard to be the Osteopath he is today.

 

Having seen, practiced with and worked alongside multiple doctors and other health care professionals. David has learnt that listening to the patient and observing them is of the upmost importance. Time and time again he has had patients come into his clinic who have not been listened to and have been easily miss-diagnosed as a result.

 

The key to really caring is to listen.

David Lower’s specialities

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Neck

Neck problems of all varieties are David’s clear speciality. There are very few patients that have not experienced some lasting improvement.

Headaches

The first hurdle in treating migraines is understanding the numerous causes of migraines. David has enjoyed particular success in this area.

Low back & pelvis

David is constantly learning news ways to treat the low back and pelvis. He regularly cures patients where other therapists have struggled.

Bladder

Bladder infections are not typically why you would visit an Osteopath but be assured this is definitely treatable in men and women.

Digestive issues

David is an organ Osteopath which means he can successfully treat all types of digestive issues, dramatically improving the health of the body.

Stress & Tiredness

David is really passionate about treating the flight & fright response. Stress and tiredness can easily be calmed with Cranial Osteopathy.

David Lower’s Qualifications

Evaluation and treatment of the cervical spine 2016

This was a two day course for the advance treatment of the cervical spine including manipulation.

 

David Lower qualification - Cervical Spine manipulation course

CranioSacral Therapy CS1 with the Upledger Institute (repeat) 2015

This is very similar to Cranial Osteopathy and was in fact started by an Osteopath. He decided to release the courses to all health care professionals and so started the CranioSacral movement.

 

This is not strictly Cranial Osteopathy so choose your CranioSacral Therapist wisely. With that said it was a great course, filled with lots of passionate therapists from all walks of life. I learnt the ’10 step protocol’. This is the first 10 steps you should walk yourself through when treating with CranioSacral Therapy.

 

I learnt to palpate the cranial rhythm throughout the whole body and learnt to distinguish all the various differences between various movement styles. Palpating different cranial rhythms enables you to use the cranial rhythm as a diagnostic tool.

 

 

David Lower qualification - CST 1

Saint John's Ambulance Essential First Aid 2014

A basic first aid course in resuscitation, first response, recovery position and choking.

 

David Lower qualification - St. John's First Aid

Podoquick ‘Advanced Podoquick user' 2014

A behind the doors course working closely with the original podiatrists that invented the product ‘Podoquick’. It was a huge privilege to be a voice in their council and to be involved in all of their discussions about trouble shooting. idea generating, product testing and future plans. It was a huge learning experience for me.

 

[No certificate given for this course].

Podoquick ‘Approved Podoquick user’ 2013

Teamed up with my good friend Andrea Coda (Doctor in Podiatry) to become a practitioner of his product – Podoquick. I was personally tutored by him in the product casting, manufacturing and tailoring. A unique and bespoke orthotic system with great precision and functionality.

 

As a result of this course I was able to make high quality orthotics for my patients. Taking measurements and knowing what they needed. It is a brilliant product and to be able to make something from scratch for my patients was immensely satisfying.

 

[Please note the old name before Podoquick was PrAco]

 

David Lower qualification - PrAco training

The barrel Institute ‘Visceral Manipulation Abdomen’ Level 2 (Repeat) 2012

Commonly named VM2. This was a 4 day course at The Barral Institute learning the art of treating the kidneys, large intestines, pancreas, spleen and greater omentum. This was my second time attending. It was such a good course I wanted to go back and relearn everything.

 

This is where I have learnt all my Visceral Osteopathy skills.

 

David Lower qualification - VM2

The barrel Institute ‘Listening Techniques’ Level 1 2011

On this course I essentially learnt the art of palpating. It was a 3 day course where I practiced ‘listening’ to the body. By listening I mean the process of learning to let go of my conscious thoughts and focusing my undivided attention to the other person.

 

This listening process is just a skill of waiting and listening to the body. Taking all the information we pick up and putting it through an Osteopathic sieve and considering everything together in one big picture. It is an essential way to feel and palpate the body.

 

David Lower qualification - Listening techniques

The barrel Institute ‘Visceral Manipulation The Pelvis’ Level 3 2011

Commonly known as VM3. This was a 4 day course where I learnt the art of treating the uterus, prostate, bladder, ureters, rectum, pelvic floor, coccyx and pelvic bones.

 

David Lower qualification - VM3

Sutherland Cranial College ‘Osteopathy in the Cranial field’ Module 2 2011

This was a 5 day course at the renowned Sutherland Cranial College. The list for what I learnt on this course is quite extensive. The main themes were fascial attachments within the head, brain and spinal cord. Palpation of the cranial rhythm. Correct treatment of the skull bones and their common lesion patterns. Embryology. Treatment of the facial bones, teeth and TMJ jaw.

 

David Lower qualification - Sutherland Cranial College Model 2

The barrel Institute ‘Visceral Manipulation Abdomen’ Level 2 2010

Commonly named VM2. This was a 4 day course learning the art of treating the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, peritoneum and sphincters of the digestive system.

 

David Lower qualification - VM2 2

Sutherland Cranial College ‘Foundation Course’ Module 1 2010

This was a 2 day course on the primary understanding of the cranial rhythm and concepts within Cranial Osteopathy.

 

David Lower qualification - Sutherland Cranial College Module 1

The barrel Institute ‘Visceral Manipulation Abdomen’ Level 1 2010

Commonly known as VM1. This was a 4 day course focusing on the treatment of the liver, stomach, small intestines, peritoneum and sphincters of the digestive system.

 

David Lower qualification - VM1

Upledger Institute ‘CranioSacral Therapy’ CS1 2009

This was a 4 day course introducing me to CranioSacral Therapy. This is very similar to Cranial Osteopathy and was in fact started by an Osteopath. He decided to release the courses to all health care professionals and so started the Craniosacral movement.

 

This is not strictly Cranial Osteopathy so choose your Craniosacral Therapist wisely. With that said it was a great course, filled with lots of passionate therapists from all walks of life. I learnt the ’10 step protocol’. This is the first 10 steps you should walk yourself through when treating with Craniosacral Therapy.

 

I learnt to palpate the cranial rhythm throughout the whole body and learnt to distinguish all the various differences between various movement styles. Palpating different cranial rhythms enables you to use the cranial rhythm as a diagnostic tool.

 

David Lower qualification - CST 1 1

Qualified from Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine 2008

My degree certificate. This was a 4 year, full time course. During each summer we had to complete an average of 3 weeks (full time) in the student clinic. This amounts to an additional term of study. That makes this course over 6500 hours of comprehensive study.

 

Additionally this was a degree in ‘Osteopathic medicine’. There was more focus on differential diagnosis and diagnostic protocols.

 

David Lower qualification - Osteopathic degree