Seaford Osteopathic Clinic began with its founder – Mike Lemon – who graduated from the British School of Osteopathy on 12th July 1971 and was elected to the General Council and Register of Osteopaths on 29th September 1971.
This was the beginning of Seaford Osteopathic Clinic at 23 Sutton Park Road. Mike handed the Osteopathic clinic over to: Derrick Retief in 1986. Derrick carried on running the clinic until he introduced Jitendra Vara, the current Clinic Director and Osteopath in 1988.
Jitendra said: ‘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, over 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.
During this time Jitendra has applied the most basic concepts of any medical profession, taking a case history, examining the patient, communicating the diagnosis and treating the patient with appropriate care. These fundamentals have enabled the reputation of the clinic to grow within the local community and become one of the largest and longest established clinics and centres of excellence in the county, treating musculo-skeletal conditions to cranial osteopathy for babies.
In 1992, Jitendra was asked to join Sussex University medical centre to work with General Practitioners with N.H.S. funding. Working closely with the G.P.’s, helped them to understand the extent to which osteopathy could help treat conditions such as: neck pain, repetitive strain injuries and headaches. As a result referrals have increased over the years with local general practitioners and orthopaedic surgeons regularly referring patients to the clinic.
In 2009 NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommended osteopathy for treatment of low back pain.
In 2014, surrounded by a fantastic team of osteopaths, staff and other Practitioners, the clinic moved to larger premises at Paignton House, Warwick Road, Seaford – just a stone’s throw away from the original building. This provides improved treatment rooms, reception area and a purpose built Pilates studio – Karen Hall – Pilates Instructor helps patients rehabilitate and improve their core body strength.
Seaford Osteopathic Clinic has continued to expand, and the team is now comprised of seven osteopaths, podiatrists and numerous alternative practitioners (Acupuncture, Lymphoedema massage, Reflexology, Advanced clinical massage therapy and Pilates).
The clinic welcomes new patients, and if you would like to book an appointment with any of the practitioners, please phone the clinic on 01323 892002.