Even as a child I was aware of Osteopathy. My aunt was receptionist to Dr Stephen Ward (the Osteopath involved in the Profumo affair), and I would often accompany my mother on her visits to receive regular Osteopathic treatment from our local Osteopath. I can’t recall a time when I did not want to be an Osteopath, and I could never understand my school friends saying they had no idea what they wanted to be when they grew up. I just ‘knew’ I wanted to be an Osteopath.
Jane O’Connor ADO DO
Qualification:ADO DO (Qualified in 1979)
Hours:9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Thursday
Core skills:Working with both
adults, children and dogs
location:47 Campion Terrace, Leamington Spa
On leaving school I studied at the British School of Osteopathy in London, qualifying from there in 1979. My first post found me running an Osteopathic charity clinic in the heart of Birmingham. The clinic had been established ‘to provide Osteopathy for all regardless of income’, and nobody was ever turned away. It was here that I originally developed my interest in what was then termed ‘Geriatric Osteopathy’, and I found it profoundly fulfilling to be able to help those whom the NHS had effectively dismissed with such trite diagnoses as “It’s just wear and tear, what do you expect at your age?” or “It’s arthritis, nothing can be done”. There was so much that could be done to improve these people’s mobility and quality of life. My eldest patient was 102 years old!
I moved to Leamington Spa in 1982; opening my first practice above a shop called Crackpots (which some patients felt to be particularly apt!) in Warwick Street, moving in 1987 to Upper Holly Walk/Campion Terrace where I have worked ever since.
I worked as a Senior Clinic Tutor at The British School of Osteopathy in Suffolk Street London for nearly 3 years, which I found hugely rewarding and stimulating, although getting up at 5.00 am to commute to London from the Midlands was incredibly tiring. I can truly sympathise with many of my patients who suffer the draining effects of long distance commuting, particularly in the wintertime.
In 1989 I embarked upon a 3-year Advanced Diploma in Osteopathy and was awarded my ADO in 1992, being presented with this by Princess Anne at a ceremony at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London which was followed by a reception at St James’ Palace. This was a very special day for me.
In 1990 I trained in the use of Low-Level Laser Therapy, travellling at one point to Washington DC to attend the North American Association of Laser Therapists annual convention at the famous Bethesda Military Hospital. There, I was fortunate enough to be able to listen to some of the world’s foremost laser researchers and therapists talking about this extraordinary and revolutionary technique. I became an immediate convert to this (hitherto almost science-fiction) therapy and even now, 27 years later, I never cease to be amazed by Low-Level Laser’s ability to accelerate the healing and reduce the pain in an ever increasing range of conditions.
Having also practised Medical Acupuncture for a number of years, I decided to train with the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and became a qualified BMAS practitioner in 2008. The use of Medical Acupuncture has enabled me to help patients in severe pain, in cases where Osteopathy alone would be of limited benefit.
Whilst some might think that, by studying other complimentary therapy techniques, I have become a ‘jack-of-all-trades and master of none’, I believe that broadening my treatment base in this way has served to significantly enhance my ability to help patients; thus I would counter by stating that I prefer to think of myself more as a ‘jack-of-all-trades and master of ONE!’
Osteopathy has been my life for over 40 years – and I still love every minute of it.
For an idea of what I do, please visit What Does an Osteopath Do?
Member of The General Osteopathic Council (1979)
Member of The Institute of Osteopathy (formally The British Osteopathic Society) (1979)
Member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (2008)
Member of The Sutherland Society (2005)
Osteopathy Registered with The General Osteopathic Council
Cranial Osteopathy Member of The Sutherland Society
Medical Acupuncture Member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society
Osteopathic Treatment of Dogs
Practising Low-Level Laser Therapist since 1993
Certified Niel-Asher Technique practitioner for Frozen Shoulder
Jane O’Connor is registered as a Niel-Asher Technique practitioner.
Jane’s Post Graduate Study: 2015-2018
Post Graduate Courses and Continuing Professional Development
- Assessment of abdominal pain in primary care Nuffield Hospital
- Update of common shoulder and elbow conditions – a practical approach. Nuffield Hospital
- Neck Lumps Nuffield Hospital
- Abdominal anatomy and dissection British School of Osteopathy
- Tips on Gastroenterology Nuffield Hospital
- The Hip MOT – diagnosing hip and groin pain for patients of all ages Nuffield Hospital
- Opthalmoscopy in General Practice. Nuffield Hospital
- Non pharmacalogical Approaches to Chronic Pain Warwick University
- Diagnosing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Nuffield Hospital
- Anatomical Dissection British School of Osteopathy
- Recent Trends in Hip and Knee Arthroscopy Nuffield Hospital
- UK Osteoporosis Convention ICC Birmingham
- Management of Shoulder and Knee Conditions Nuffield Hospital
- Clinical cases and new treatments in Dermatology Nuffield Hospital
- An Overview of Cancer: Anatomy and Dissection Guys Hospital
- British Medical Acupuncture Spring Meeting Newcastle
- Thyroid Function: Diseases and Treatments Nuffield Hospital
- Dermatology Skin Forum Warwick Hospital
- CT Coronary Angiogram: When to use in GP Practice Nuffield Hospital
- Myofascial Release Techniques Tewkesbury
- Opthalmology in general practice – what to refer and when. Nuffield Hospital
- Functional Active Release The British School of Osteopathy
- Hearing Loss and Tinnitus – Practical Tips for General Practice Nuffield Hospital
- Neuromuscular Reeducation Leamington
- Treatment of the Anterior Hip, Knee and Lower Limb British Medical Acupuncture Society
- Osteoporosis Convention 2016 ICC Birmingham
- Two Day Osteopathic Refresher Course The British School of Osteopathy
- Low Back Pain – new NICE guidelines, neck pain and spinal/ neurological examination techniques Coombe Abbey
- Managing Menopause Nuffield Hospital
- Myofascila Release Puckrup Hall
- British Medical Acupuncture Society Spring Conference Hilton Hotel Paddington
- Consent and Communication Puckrup Hall Tewkesbury
- The Overactive Bladder Nuffield Hospital
- Clinical Risk in the Treatment of the Older Adult British School of Osteopathy
- Women’s Health BMI Meridan Coventry
- PSA Levels – Do they Promote Stress and Anxiety Nuffield Hospital
- British Medical Acupuncture Society Autumn Science Meeting Royal College of Surgeons London
- Osteoporosis Clinical Update National Conference Centre
- Breast Cancer – Prevention and Cure Nuffield Hospital
- Common Shoulder Problems Nuffield Hospital
- Clinical Methods Revision University College of Osteopathy
- Cervical Spine Risk Assessment and Consent for Manual Thgerapy. Puckrup Hall Tewkesbury
- Photobiomodulation Therapy Update. Crown Plaza Birmingham