May 20 2013 Latest news:
by Alistair Kleebauer, Senior reporter
Friday, February 15, 2013
A 23-year-old osteopath has expanded his business from northwest London to Chigwell but has not completely given up his dream of one day being a football coach.
Elliot Kennard has been manipulating backs, hips and legs at The Brook House Pharmacy in Brook Parade for the past two months, on top of running his own clinic in Hendon.
He previously combined his medical knowledge with stints on the sideline for football clubs including Fulham and Barnet ladies’ teams and this summer will travel to Israel with the Great Britain sports team for the Maccabiah Games.
For now though, he is focused on spreading word of his treatments, including soft tissue massage and exercise advice, around Chigwell.
He said: “Chigwell is more residential. I’m planning to do home visits and sports work.
“It’s a nice area. I get along with a lot of people there. I’ve found it very welcoming.”
Osteopathy works with the structure and function of the body, on the principle that the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues have to function smoothly together.
On Tuesdays, Elliot offers sessions at the pharmacy to assess patients’ problems, including back pain, tension headaches and repetitive strain injuries.
An initial one-hour session costs £50, with subsequent visits of up to 45 minutes priced at £40.
Elliot said three to four visits are normally required.
He added: “It’s about half the cost of a monthly gym membership. And if people are having absences from work and you calculate that into it, they’re saving money.”
As a qualified coach with the Football Association, he combined his osteopathy studies with amateur-level coaching before rising to be assistant manager of Fulham’s ladies team from 2010 to 2011.
The Maccabiah Games brings together sports teams from Jewish organisations worldwide in Jerusalem this summer.
Elliot will be part of Britain’s medical team.
And if Jose Mourinho worked his way into top-level football by being a translator, could he take his medical background into the professional game?
“You can always dream,” he said. “That’s a good ambition to have.”