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Senior Registered Osteopath

IMG3648Alan O. Szmelskyj DO, MSc, Adv Dip Clin Hyp, FRSPH

 

Education and Training

Alan Szmelskyj studied at the British School of Osteopathy in London. The school is the oldest and largest provider of osteopathic education in the UK. He qualified in 1985. Alan has post-graduate accreditation in ergonomics, health and safety and manual handling following certified post-graduate study at Mount Vernan Hospital, Middlesex in 1991, Loughborugh University in 1992 and the Institute of Occupational Ergonomics at the University of Nottingham in 1999.

In 2004 Alan was awarded his Masters of Science degree in Psychobiology of Stress and Stress Management from the University of Surrey.

Awards and Achievements

For several years Alan was an Editorial Board member of the British Osteopathic Journal, before becoming chief editor of The Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. He is a former Research Fellow of the British School of Osteopathy.

Alan has tutored, lectured, supervised or examined undergraduate osteopathic students at half the UK's osteopathic schools and colleges. These include The British School of Osteopathy, British College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maidstone College of Osteopathy and The College of Osteopaths. He has taught at post-graduate level nationally and internationally to osteopaths, medical doctors and consultants, physiotherapists, nurses and other healthcare staff. He has spoken at several international specialist post-graduate conferences.

In the early 1990s Alan worked for several years in the occupational health department at Hinchingbrooke NHS Trust and Papworth NHS Trust. This work involved providing a back pain prevention advisory service. He has also provided occupational musculo-skeletal and ergonomics advice and training to large companies such as DuPont and Tesco as well as local Huntingdonshire based companies, for example Sealed Air. Alan has also served as a chairman of the Osteopathic Clinical Ergonomic Association, and for several years was a committee member of The General Council and Register of Osteopaths' public relations subcommittee.

Alan has been extensively published in many peer reviewed scientific journals. His publications include articles on the osteopathic treatment of back and spinal pain, osteopathic diagnosis and management, fibromyalgia, stress management and osteopathic education. His most recent contribution was at the 2008 Advancing Osteopathy Conference held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

Through publications in the local press Alan has tried to provide consumer guidance and health promotion advice on avoiding repetitive strain injury, poor sitting posture and on the osteopathic management of myalgic encephalomyelitis and improvement in NHS care of elderly patients.

In the past Alan has provided an osteopathic service at both of Ramsey's GP practices.

Alan has lectured at several post-graduate conferences.

Professional Memberships

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the governing body for osteopathic practice and training in the UK. Alan is a member of the GOsC register and practices according to a strict code of practice as set out by the Council. He has full public liability insurance. Alan has an exemplary professional conduct and competence record.

He is a full member of the British Osteopathic Association (BOA) and a member of International Stress Management Association (ISMA). Alan is also a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the UK's largest and longest-established public health organisation.

Special Interests

By virtue of post-graduate study research and publication Alan has specialist interest and knowledge in the treatment and management of the following areas: back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, stress management and relaxation.

Personal Information

Alan has been married to Irina Szmelskyj for over 15 years. They have two young sons, Daniel, who was born in 2007 and Matthew, who was born in 2009. When not working, Alan enjoys swimming, table tennis and badminton. More leisurely pursuits include gardening, narrow boating and playing with his sons and two Burmese cats.

Publications:

 

International Conference Presentations And Conference Reviews

1997 UK International Whiplash Conference. AO Szmelskyj, ZL Ford, D Rodway. Conference Review. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1997; 7(2): 105-108.

An osteopath’s involvement in the Occupational Health Department of two NHS Trust hospitals. AO Szmelskyj. Paper presented at Osteopathy 2000 conference, Commonwealth Institute, London. March 1995.

Are you better? Clinical judgements of outcome and their implications. Osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj. Paper presented at the Research Council for Complementary Medicine Methodology Conference – How do we know it works?-Measures of outcome. British School of Osteopathy, London. Nov 1987.

Low back pain. Biomechanical or psycho-social. AO Szmelskyj. Paper presented at 80th Anniversary seminar, British School of Osteopathy, London. May 1997.

Osteopathy and hypnosis. Where do they overlap? AO Szmelskyj. Paper presented at the 9th Annual Residential Conference. International Association of Hypno- Analysts, Coventry Hill Hotel, Coventry. April 1994.

Stress and palliative stress management in fibromyalgia. AO Szmelskyj. Poster presentation. Advancing Osteopathy 2008 conference. The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London. 1st-3rd February 2008.

Academic Publications

"50 ways to promote your practice" – A course evaluation. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education. 1994; 4(1): 7-13.

An investigation of GPs attitudes to and knowledge of osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj and J Morris. Complementary Medical Research. 1992; 6(3): 119-123.

A Pilot Study of the Value of Information Provision upon GPs knowledge of Osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj, J Morris. Journal of Osteopathic Education. 1992; 2(2): 81-85.

A retrospective survey of the predictive value of biorhythm theory in acute patients presenting in osteopathic practice. AO Szmelskyj. Complementary Medical Research. May 1990; 4(2): 35-38.

"Are you better?" Clinical judgements of outcome and their implications. Osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj. Complementary Medical Research 1988; 2(3): 36-42.

A study of GP to osteopath referral patterns: implications for inter-professional co-operation. AO Szmelskyj, S Mathews. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(1): 14–23.

Avoiding a malpractice law suit: A brief review of the literature. AO Szmelskyj. British Osteopathic Journal. 1992; 9: 20-25.

Do complementary therapies stimulate the body’s natural painkilling medications? A literature review. AO Szmelskyj. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 1998; 6(1): 36-41.

Effectiveness of public speaking as a means of educating the public about osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education. 3(3): 1993; 151–153.

Exercising for a healthy life. What should osteopaths be advising their patients? AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(2): 49.

Holistic Osteopathic Practice and manipulation. Is there a difference? AO Szmelskyj. The Newsletter of the East Anglia branch of the Royal College of General Practitioners. (Winter 1991/2); 10-12.

How can we educate and inform our patients about what is wrong with them? AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(2): 51.

Improving clinical outcomes in osteopathically managed fibromyalgia syndrome. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1998; 8(1): 1-4.

Introducing osteopathy to trainee GPs: an evaluation of a course framework. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education. 1994; 4(2): 70-74.

Managing patients who fail to keep their appointments. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1998; 8(1): 33-38.

Osteopathy and low back pain. AO Szmelskyj. Imaging. 1995; 7: 234-238.

Persistent back pain. D Peters, A Lyster, AO Szmelskyj, J Campbell. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 1995; Vol. 3 (4): 224-229.

Poor uptake of clinical guidelines and research in clinical practice. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(1): 4.

Psycho-social and hypnotic theories of osteopathy and therapeutic applications. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1997; 7(1): 32–40.

Reassessing the role of the marketing and advertising of osteopathy: a need to educate the public about osteopathy. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education. 1993; 3(1): 5-8.

Sleep Quality, Musculoskeletal Pain and Perceived Stress In Osteopathic Patients. AO Szmelskyj. MSc Dissertation. September 2004. University of Surrey.

Ten years on: Chernobyl’s healthcare legacy – an opportunity for osteopaths to help. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(1): 1-3.

The Difference Between Holistic Osteopathic Practice and Manipulation. AO Szmelskyj. Holistic Medicine. (1990); 5, 67-79.

The efficacy of spinal fusion and its role in adjacent spinal motion segment breakdown. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1996; 6(2): 50-51.

The qualifications and geographical distribution of practising osteopaths in England, Scotland and Wales. AO Szmelskyj. Complementary Medical Research. 1992; 6(1): 1-8.

To wear a white coat or not? AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1997; 7(1): 5.

Who do osteopaths consult when they have back or neck pain. AO Szmelskyj. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 1997; 7(2): 100 – 104.

Letters To The Editor and Book Reviews

Can we afford this saving? AO Szmelskyj. Huntingdon & St Ives & St Neots News & Crier. Letter to the Editor. (6th January 2011); 6.

Osteopathic treatment of menstrual back pain. AO Szmelskyj. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Letter to the Editor. (1994); 2: 51.

Palpation Skills– by Leon Chaitow. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Book review. AO Szmelskyj. (June 1997); 126-127.

Rheumatology symposium. AO Szmelskyj. The Practitioner Letter to the Editor. (1993); 237: 90.

Simple ways to avoid RSI. AO Szmelskyj. Hunts Herald and Post. Letter to the Editor. (24th February 1994); 4.

Sit Up Straight. AO Szmelskyj. The Hunts Post. (24th September 2003); 6.

The bodyclock diet, by Robert Harley. The International Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Book review. AO Szmelskyj. (February 1992).

Well done for focusing on M.E. AO Szmelskyj. Hunts Herald and Post. Letter to the Editor. (27th May 1998); 27.

What about alternative health care? AO Szmelskyj. Hunts Citizen. Letter to the Editor. (9th April 1992); 4.

Where will patients go? AO Szmelskyj. Huntingdon & St Ives & St Neots News & Crier. Letter to the Editor. (23rd December 2010); 6.

Whiplash return. AO Szmelskyj. Natural Health. (July 2011): 80-81.

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