Our resident senior Osteopath as ST K OSTEO is Tom Mc Cormick.
For those of you who don't know him, I decided to ask him a few questions to help us all get to know a bit more about what makes Tom tick.
Hi Tom, how would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am an avid sportsman and love to push my limits within physical exercise. By the way I am also an Osteopath at ST K OSTEO.
That's two sentences Tom! Never mind, let's push on. So Tom, why did you become an Osteopath?
This is a very easy answer but a long one. For as long as I can remember I have always played sport or been involved in sport. Sadly, I always found myself getting injured and that meant finding consistency on the field was my greatest challenge. After my first severe soft tissue injury at the age of 12 it just didn’t stop. Since then I have torn multiple muscles, had an avulsion fracture of my quadriceps muscle, suffered from cartilage damage, broken too many bones to list and in recent times even had a double hernia repair.
Bullfighting at 12, now that's tough! Jokes aside, why do you think you had these injuries?
I think two factors. The first being my body just couldn’t cope with the amount of load and stress being put on it. When we are young, we are so fragile. It is critical that we treat the body with the respect it needs. We need to develop and build our strength and movement systems to avoid injury potentially happening. I did not do this. Secondly, I never knew I needed to do this and to make matters worse I was a bull at a gate.
There's that bull again! And this lead you into Osteopathy?
I am 28 now and most of my injuries happened before I started my osteopathic degree. The major reason I became an Osteopath was to help people. That might sound cliché but I believe knowledge is power and experience is crucial. So I thought I would study Osteopathic medicine and with my previous injury/rehabilitation experience I thought this would be a great way to try to help people who have suffered similar injuries. I also thought it would be a great way to help prevent or decrease other people’s injuries. This is really the sole reason why I became an Osteopath.
Do you still exercise today?
Of course and this will never change. Even with all the injuries I sustained I am still very much physically active. I love to exercise and love to see how far I can push my limits and see where I stack up. I particularly love the strength and movement side of exercise/ training.
So you like to train in the gym. What's your favourite exercise at the gym?
That has to be the squat I think. I say this because it is a multiple joint exercise that targets almost the entire body. Not only does it work the major muscles of the body (gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps, and gastrocnemius/soleus) but also the upper body and the core. It is also one of the body’s major primal patterns that we have doing since we were young and it is a great way to improve not only movement but also power and strength.
What's your favourite sport then Tom?
That’s a tough one mate. I follow a lot of sports. I love NRL (Melbourne Storm), I’m a big NFL fan (the mighty Sea Hawks), I follow the Chicago Bulls and I can’t leave out my beloved Reds (Liverpool). Being from Melbourne, I naturally follow the footy as well but being a Melbourne Demons fan is tough so we will have to leave it there.
Probably the less said about the Dees the better ( go Tigers!). Now, some serious questions: What's your favourite movie?
That's another tough one. I'm certainly not a horror fan so maybe The Intouchables and Blade and Matrix series.
Do you have any pets?
I sure do. I have two dogs, one is a poodle called Memphis, and a labradoodle called Oscar. The Queen of the house however, is the cat Bella.
Finally, how would you describe your perfect day off?
At the moment with the cold weather I would have to say hitting the slopes and going snowboarding. When the weather improves I love just relaxing, enjoying coffee and thinking up our next holiday adventure with my wife Kate.
Oh, nice one Tom. And what's the most adventurous experience you've had with Kate?
Probably skiing & trekking in the Swiss alps, in particular the spectacular Jungfrau Region. Closely followed by our helicopter tour of the Grand canyon.
Thanks Tom, nicely handled.
Tom is available on Mondays & Wednesdays at ST K OSTEO.