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Professor David Peters

MB ChB Dip Muscskel Med MFHom

  • Holistic Doctor with a special interest in whole person healthcare
  • Resilience, pain, stress, long-term health problems, ttrauma resolution
  • Medical osteopath and homeopath

I have had years of experience as a medical doctor in hospital and general practice. Along the way I also trained in homeopathy and I have been a registered osteopath for 20 years with a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine.

People generally come to see me because of pain, stress or fatigue – conditions where there may be an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system.   I can measure this (painlessly) and use computer-analysis to get some sense of how to boost your resilience.

Because I’m interested in whole person healthcare, I use a whole range of approaches in my work – conventional medicines, joint injections and acupuncture, as well as nutrition, self-hypnosis and simple yoga-based exercise – even homeopathy occasionally. But whatever the problem or the treatment we decide together, my aim is to work with you to reduce stress, explore how you can make a difference, and improve your wellbeing.

As a doctor I can call on all the usual tests and investigations when we need to – blood tests, X-rays and scans – as well as specialist nutritional testing. If I see someone who hasn’t been referred by a GP, I will (with your permission) let your GP or specialist know about the treatment plan, and keep them informed.

Why integrative medicine?

Conditions treated

People usually come to see me with problems involving pain, stress-related health issues or fatigue.  But whatever the problem or the treatment we jointly decide on, my aim is always to understand a person’s health holistically, to boost their resilience and improve overall wellbeing. The conditions I am particularly experienced in treating are 

Health and wellbeing problems involving fatigue, stress and trauma or pain.

Musculoskeletal pain (head, neck, back, shoulder, limb, hip and knee).  Whiplash syndrome.  Upper limb disorder. Trigger point and myofascial pain syndromes.

Post-traumatic syndromes. Breathing pattern disorders including hyperventilation.

Dyregulatory disorders.  IBS and digestive disturbances, migraine, tension-type headaches, TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, PMS, restless leg syndrome, persistent pain problem, pelvic pain and irritable bladder.

Medically Unexplained Symptoms.

Therapies

I use a range of approaches: 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, trigger-point or joint injections can be a valuable too. Somatic Experiencing is a gentle form of body-centred psychotherapy for problems that have come on after traumatic incidents.

When I want to assess the impact of stress on the body I use a painless approach involving computer-based heart rate variability testing and breath analysis; sometimes salivary cortisol profiling too.

Where required I can prescribe conventional medicine and  were they are needed I might suggest scans, X-rays or blood tests.   If I see someone who hasn’t been referred by their GP, I will (with consent) let their doctor or specialist know about the treatment plan, and keep them informed. And of course if I feel I am not able to help, I can call on other practitioners and medical specialists.

 

What can you expect when you see me?

Before your first appointment I will get you to complete a consultation form.  DOWNLOAD FORM.  Sometimes people send an email or ask my receptionists (0207 935 0023) to have me call them before making a first appointment. At the first (hour-long) session  we would aim to work out a care-plan together (generally including a self-care programme) and start treatment.  After the consultation I often email recommendations and instruction leaflets.

A series of treatments might be needed, so I would aim to let you know how many and agree a treatment plan early on. Follow-up sessions usually last thirty minutes, or less often an hour.

Books

  • 1997:  The Encyclopaedia of Complementary MedicineDorling 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