Our team at Bexhill Osteopathic Practice
Nigel Bassett D.O. GOsC Reg. Ost.
Initially he joined practices in Lewis, Seaford and London and commenced the Hastings Osteopathic Practice on a part-time basis in the same year.
As the practice developed he gradually reduced his involvement in the other practices and in 1988 opened the Rye Osteopathic Practice, followed by the Bexhill Osteopathic Practice in 1992.
These practices have developed over more than 30 years to offering a wide spectrum of osteopathic techniques provided by thirteen osteopaths in total.
Nigel also joined the faculty at the European School of Osteopathy initially as an assistant lecturer in 1986 and went on to lecture in orthopaedics, osteopathic medicine and osteopathic business practice. Throughout this period he has been a clinical tutor to the undergraduate students at the college and remains a member of faculty.
The aim of the practices, under the guidance of Nigel, has always been to look at the body from a holistic view. By keeping the fees at as reasonable a level as possible, we aim to enable as many people as possible to take advantage of the benefits of osteopathic treatment.
During the years when GPs had Fundholding contracts, the practices were amongst the first to receive patients from the NHS on a funded basis. This option grew considerably over the ten year period that this system was in place, which led to GP referrals that continue to this date. However, since the removal of Fundholding, this is now on a fee paying basis.
As well as growing up in the locality, Nigel and his family continue to live in the area and be active in the local community.
Lauren uses a range of treatment techniques including deep soft tissue and sports massage, spinal manipulation, joint mobilisation and cranial osteopathy, and provides advice on exercise, stretches, ergonomics in the workplace, gait analysis, nutrition, and pain relief. She has a keen interest in treating the psychosomatic effects of stress on the human body and how correct breathing, posture correction and relaxation techniques can help reduce musculoskeletal pain.
Richard Hibbs, M Ost. GOsC Reg Ost
Richard is a fully qualified osteopath who graduated in 2015 with an integrated masters degree from the European school of osteopathy. Richard is a local man who has grown up in the surrounding areas of Hastings. He is a friendly and motivated part of our practice and has been here since 2015, he works in our Bexhill practice.
His background has been primarily involved in competing and working in sport, prior to gaining his masters degree in osteopathy he gained diplomas in sports and fitness. Having this background and combined with further knowledge of biomechanics, orthopaedics and osteopathic principles Richard understands what treatment and advice is best suited to achieve a patient’s goals.
He endeavours to give patients advice regarding prehab and rehabilitation that is based on recent research in order to assist patient’s long-term management. This would include advice on posture, exercise, mobility, and stretching alongside treatment.
Richard treats acute, chronic and sports patients. His primary approach to treatment is structural, which involves treatment modalities such as articulation, stretching, joint manipulation and soft tissue massage. He also trained in sports massage, sports taping and kinesiology taping.
“I wanted to be an osteopath from a young age and consider myself fortunate to be in such an interesting and helpful profession. I love working with people; I love seeing the improvement that osteopathy makes in their lives. Having experienced the benefits of osteopathy first-hand and from a young age, I am excited to be able to do the same for others.”
Katie qualified from the European School of Osteopathy in 2023. Originally from Cheshire she moved to Kent during her studies and has fallen in love with the south coast.
Her time studying allowed her to develop a wide range of treatment techniques including visceral, cranial, structural and rehabilitation work. Katie is also trained in Dry Needling/Acupuncture and Sports Massage and can incorporate these techniques into treatments where appropriate.
Katie enjoys treating people of all ages including babies, children and pre and post-natal women. As a keen runner and prior powerlifter she also has a special interest in treating running and sports related injury.
Katie is also involved in UK based equality and diversity groups improving access to healthcare care for LGBTQ+, disabled and marginalised groups.
Lucy graduated from the European School of Osteopathy and has since gained additional qualifications in Shockwave Therapy. Lucy offers a variety of treatment approaches, personalised for each patient, dependent on their complaint, in order to treat every patient as a whole. Lucy thinks it is important to take all aspects of a person into account to provide the most beneficial treatment for them. She took a particular interest in learning about the link between psychology and how it affects our pain through participating in an Osteopathy, Mindfulness & Acceptance course during her studies. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys staying active by running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym, as well as walking her dog!
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