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Professor David Peters

MB ChB, DRCOG, FLCOM, Dip Muscskel Med, MFHom, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

  • Holistic Medical Doctor with a special interest in mind-body-spirit healthcare
  • Resilience, pain, stress, long-term health problems, trauma resolution
  • Medical osteopathy, medical acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional medicine

Professor David Peters

I had many years of experience as a medical doctor in hospital and NHS general practice. I also trained in homeopathy and I have been a Registered Osteopath for 25 years with a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine.  I now lead the Centre for Resilience at the University of Westminster. Several of my research projects have brought complementary therapies into the NHS.

 

Why integrative medicine? 

A longterm health problem affects the chemistry of your body, the way you move and how you think and feel.  This means a range of approaches will often be needed.

 

Mind, mood, movement or metabolism?

Do you feel the your health problem has mostly to do with…..

 

Mind (stress, emotion, trauma)
(Not at all)0          1          2          3(Entirely)

 

Movement (body structure, muscle tension, pain)

(Not at all)0          1          2          3(Entirely)

 

Metabolism  (nutrition, toxins, allergy, environment)

(Not at all)0          1          2          3(Entirely)

 

Most people tell me it impacts on at least two and often all three levels

 

What do you treat?

People usually come to see me with problems involving pain, or stress-related health issues or fatigue.  But whatever the problem or the treatment we jointly decide on, my aim is always to understand your health holistically, to boost your resilience and improve your overall wellbeing.

 

The conditions I am most experienced with are

  • Fatigue, stress and pain.
  • Musculoskeletal pain (head, neck, back, shoulder, limb, hip and knee).  Whiplash.  repetitive strain injury (RSI). Trigger points and myofascial pain.
  • Post-traumatic stress and PTSD.
  • Functional disorders. Breathing Pattern Disorder, IBS and digestive disturbances, migraine, tension-type headaches, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, PMS, restless leg syndrome, persistent pain problems, pelvic pain and irritable bladder.
  • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms.

 

What’s your approach?

I use a range of approaches.  As an osteopath as well as a doctor, I look for patterns of tension affecting muscles, breathing and digestion.  Depending on how I understand your problem I might use I use osteopathy and medical acupuncture, as well as nutrition and mind-body medicine – meditation, relaxation techniques, breath-work, self-hypnosis, biofeedback, and simple yoga-based exercises.  Sometimes herbal medicines, complex homeopathy, nutritional supplements,or trigger-point injections.  Conventional medicines are sometimes essential. Somatic Experiencing is a gentle form of body-centred therapy for problems that have come on after traumatic incidents.

 

Investigations and tests

If stress is a key issue I may do heart rate variability testing and stress hormone profiles.  If I think stress is affecting your breathing I would measure expired carbon dioxide.  I sometimes need to order scans, X-rays or blood tests.   I can call on the expertise of other practitioners or medical specialists if needed.

 

Do I need to be referred by my GP?

No, most of my patients are recommended by people who have consulted me.  If you haven’t been referred by a GP, I would (though only with your consent) let your doctor(s) know about the treatment plan, and keep them informed.
Before your first appointment you can fill in as much of this consultation form as you think useful and email it back to me.  DOWNLOAD FORM. You might want to book a free telephone call about your condition before making a first appointment.  Email me at info@newmedicinegroup.com or call 0845 67 69 699.

What can you expect when you see me?

At the first (hour-long) session  we  would agree a plan together (including some self-care) and start treatment.  After the consultation I might email recommendations and instructions.  If a series of treatments is needed, I would let you know how many.  Follow-up sessions usually last thirty minutes; less often an hour.

 

Books

  • 1997:  The Encyclopaedia of Complementary Medicine.  Dorling Kindersley. London  ISBN 0 7513 1207 X
  • 1998: Total Health. Marshall Editions London. ISBN 1084028-090-5
  • 2000: The complete guide to integrated medicine. Editor/author (with Anne Woodham). Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0 7513 0602 9
  • 2001: Understanding the placebo response in complementary medicine (ed) Harcourt Brace Edinburgh ISBN 0443060312
  • 2001:  Integrating Complementary Therapies: a practical guide for primary care. Harcourt Brace. Edinburgh
  • 2005: New Medicine: how to integrate complementary and conventional medicine. Editor in Chief, Dorling Kindersley. London

 

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