Tom McMullen took up his training to become an Osteopath/Physiotherapist in 1985 after serving 6 1/2 years in The Royal Scots as a musician/medical assistant. His initial training took place at The Northern Institute in Blackpool where over a 4-year period he gained diplomas in advanced remedial massage. Moving on from there, he studied Osteopathy over a 4 year period. His interest in sport took him on to train further in Sports Injuries over another 2 year period at the FA National Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Centre at Lillieshall where he successfully gained his diploma in The Treatment and Management of Sports Injuries.
Over the years Tom has worked with a number of Sports Clubs the first being Motherwell Football Club when during the season 1988/89 he was employed as their full time Physiotherapist, he also had a short spell as masseur to Dundee United Football Club.
He played with Dunbar Rugby Football Club and worked with other East Lothian Clubs such as, Musselburgh RFC, and also Preston Lodge RFC. He was delighted to receive a phone call, in autumn of 1991, to see if he would be interested in becoming the physiotherapist for Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club, which he undertook until the summer of 1997.
While working with BRFC, Tom was approached to work with The Scottish Rugby Union National Squad, he also travelled as Physiotherapist to The Scottish Students World Cup in Italy in 1992. Since then Tom has toured with the full Scottish National Squad to Argentina in 1994, South Africa in 1995 for the Rugby World Cup and also to New Zealand for the tour in 1996.
Tom also has run, for the past 30 years, his own private clinics in Haddington and Dunbar namely, Dunbar Osteopathic and Sports Injury Clinic. This clinic is now based at the Health and Beauty Centre in Haddington, and The Beauty Bar in Dunbar, East Lothian. As the name suggests Tom uses his specialised training in Osteopathy and Sports Injuries combined with rehabilitation to treat a wide range of clients from all walks of life for numerous complaints such as Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Lumbago, Neck Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Sprains and Strains and many more.
Tom has worked alongside the top sports doctors and specialist sports physiotherapist’s over the years and has used this as to further enhance his education, and training, making him one of the most respected therapists in the area.
Tom says he has been told recently by a few of his patients whom have had treatment elsewhere from professionals in this sphere of work, saying that Osteopathy is just a QUICK FIX. Tom takes this as an excellent complement from these colleagues for the work he does, and thanks the people that have said this.
When people are in pain, they don’t want to wait weeks or months on an appointment, or spend a fortune on continually going back for treatments – they want out of pain ASAP. He states he gets most patients with conditions such as simple low back and neck pain out of pain normally between 1 to 4 treatments’s.
Tom does recommend maintenance treatments, but it’s left up to the patient whether they want to opt into any on-going maintenance treatments or not.
These maintenance treatments for opt in patients are on monthly, bi-monthly and on a 3 monthly basis.