Our Story so Far………Seaford Osteopathic Clinic
Clinic Director, Jitendra Vara.
I first joined the clinic in 1988, qualifying from the European School of Osteopathy, as a young man planning to stay only two years. Now, nearly thirty years later I am still here.
A lot has changed from the early years when osteopathy was considered to be an ‘alternative therapy’; the medical profession often struggled to give it recognition. Over the years I applied the most basic concepts of any medical profession, taking a case history, examining the patient, communicating the diagnosis and then finally treating the patient with appropriate care.
Gradually, with these fundamentals, the clinic has grown in its’ reputation within the local community. In 1992, I was asked to join Sussex University medical centre to work with General Practitioners with N.H.S. funding. I enjoyed working closely with the G.P.’s, as this helped them to understand the extent to which osteopathy could help treat conditions such as: neck pain, repetitive strain injuries and headaches.
The clinic in Seaford has continued to expand and I have been joined by other osteopaths and an acupuncturist. It is no longer “I”, it is now “We”. During this time I married (yes, to an Osteopath, Lucinda) and our son Krishnan and daughter Jasmin soon arrived on the scene.
In 2009; NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommended osteopathy for treatment of low back pain. By this time the clinic had gained recognition and a good reputation from the local G.Ps.
In 2014, surrounded by a fantastic team of osteopaths, we decided to move the clinic to larger premises at Paignton House as we had out grown the older premises and were in need of more space. Our Acupuncturist – Eileen Lawless moved with us as well, and our Chiropodists – Julie and Ronnie have been enjoying their purpose built room.
The Clinic now operates on two floors, the Pilates studio is upstairs alongside one treatment room and we have two further Osteopathic treatment rooms available downstairs with the Chiropody room.
We have introduced Pilates, with instructor Karen Hall, to help build patients core strength and assisting their rehabilitation.
The local Seaford community has changed demographically in the last thirty years. A younger population has moved into the area bringing greater variety of conditions to treat, from sports injuries and repetitive strain injuries to low back pain related to pregnancy and a busy children’s clinic.
Seaford’s population in 2015 was approximately 23,316.
Our ongoing commitment is to continue serving the local Seaford community and the surrounding areas and meet the developing needs of the residents. We aim to continue to develop and maintain good relationships with all our local practitioners and provide the best care to all patrons who suffer with chronic conditions.