Andrew Beacham is an Osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and the Institute of Osteopathy (iO).
Andrew uses all forms of Osteopathy to clinically diagnose, treat and help prevent neuro-musculo-skeletal dysfunction and pain. He has undergone further training in the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain and trigger points needling. He has found medical acupuncture to be a very successful adjunct to treatment and it forms a major component in his package of care. He is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS) and is also studying for an MSc in Pain Management at the University of Cardiff.
After graduating from the University of Southampton with a degree in Physiology with Psychology, Andrew completed his Osteopathy training at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, graduating with distinction in 2003. He has gained experience working in a multitude of clinics in London, South East England and New Zealand, before moving to the West Country in 2005.
Andrew has contributed to the internationally published Oxford Handbook of Pain Management and has an a specialist interest in treating patients with musculoskeletal and myofascial pain as well as chronic neck and back complaints.
(myofascial pain is pain from skeletal muscle: a localised tender knot of muscle, often with wide pain referral pattern, frequently affecting the neck, shoulder girdle and/or hip girdle, which responds very well to direct trigger point needling)
Andrew believes in the importance of integrated healthcare and has good links with other practitioners including physiotherapists, pain physicians, surgeons and clinical psychologists, as well as pilates instructors, yoga teachers and personal trainers.