I went to a number of different types of practitioners to try to keep my problems under control; and some of them were very helpful. It was annoying to me to have to go regularly to different people to get different techniques used, and I began to wonder why there wasn't one practitioner with the ability to do what was needed, and to help me to understand the underlying issues.

That was when I first read about osteopathy, and realised two things: first, that the principles behind this form of medicine were completely consistent with what I had been doing professionally for years; and second, that it is useful for much more than back pain. I've been having what can best be described as a love-affair with it ever since.

At the time I was a senior manager in the field of organisation development, and I still consult in that area from time to time; mainly as a support to other consultants.

I have an undergraduate degree (B App Sc (Osteo)), and a masters degree (M Ost) in osteopathy, through

the University of Western Sydney. I also have four other tertiary qualifications, across two other disciplines. I have been practicing as an osteopath since 2002.

I like to think that a diverse background with a range of skills makes me good at solving health-related problems.

By drawing on different disciplines to see what's causing an issue, I help chart a course for change and improvement. My background in the corporate world, together with my clinical perspective, has taught me to look at things a different way.

A recurring problem in an organisation may be caused by the wrong approach to hiring, or by inappropriate technology. A recurring problem in the body may be caused by a chemical, neurological or muscular imbalance; in a different part of the body. The key is to ask the right questions before we pull together the answers.

I used to have a terrible back. When I was 26 a diagnostic physician asked me whether I wanted to start on pain killers for it yet, or whether I wanted to wait for a couple of years first.


John Smartt, Osteopath
Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) Master of Osteopathy (UWS)

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I look upon the treating of effects as being as unwarranted as it would be for the fireman of a city to fight the smoke and pay no attention to the cause that produces it.

AT Still, the "discoverer" of osteopathy,