Antibes Clinic – 4 rue Vauban. Phone +33 4 93 34 67 17
How to find us
Clinic sessionin one of our clinics
- for a 30 minute treatment session
- (New patients have 1hr, no additional charge)
- Patients in wheelchairs unable to stand unsupported are invited to call us for treatment in their own homes, at no additional charge. Antibes only.
- Cash or cheques only
What we do
We treat PAIN and DYSFUNCTION
We are Body Mechanics
We are Postural Experts
We ‘crack’, tape, stretch, massage and also use needles/acupuncture.
We get RESULTS … QUICKLY
Who we treat
We treat Adults who work in offices
We treat Adults who partake in sports
We treat Adults who travel a lot and live in two or more countries
We treat Expectant mums throughout their pregnancy
We treat Babies from birth to first steps
We treat Children all the way through their developing years
We treat Everyone for Postural problems
We get RESULTS … QUICKLY
Who’s working in Antibes?
Rachael Dickens BA, BSc Hons (Ost), DO
Rachael works in both clinics
Antibes: Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings
Rachael set up the english osteopath clinics in 2002.
Rachael decided to become an osteopath after being temporarily paralysed for 6 months following a sports accident. It was an osteopath that finally got her walking and even though at that time she was working her way up the commercial career ladder in huge publishing companies (The Daily Mail General Trust and The BBC) and had just attained the promotion of Publisher, she gave it all up to go back to University and complete the 5 year course at the British School of Osteopathy.
She moved to France in October 2001 and opened the clinic in Antibes in January 2002. The Monaco clinic opened in March 2010. With them both being so popular she is thinking about opening her third…
Rachael is a product of her environment! She comes from a family that has huge links to their community. As a child her parents made her go and visit old people who had no visitors or family. This was no hardship as they would give her presents and chocolate… as she got older her commercial streak took over and soon she had a lot of elderly ladies knitting jumpers on demand for her school friends. This gave the old ladies something to do, all the teenagers got handmade jumpers and Rachael made a profit.
Growing up she was involved in the home her mother ran, which was for adults with physical and learning disabilities. Today her sister runs a farm where all the staff are again, adults with physical and learning disabilities, this farm has a craft shop, a nursery and a cafe as well as rare breeds.
When Rachael moved to France she set about creating a charity whereby babies and small children who may otherwise not get to see an osteopath, could visit one for free. This charity, Osteos du Coeur, which she formed with 4 french osteo friends ran for 5 years until it merged with the Croix Rouge in Antibes and now is much bigger and has wider coverage. Whilst she was President of the charity she was honored with a national award for the Prix des Femmes (Womans’ Prize) This is where the public choose which female has made the biggest contribution to their community. After a few rounds of voting Rachael was a finalist and was flown to Paris and given a cheque for 1000 euro. She remains the first and only British woman to have been honored in this way.
Supporting Wounded Veterans is a UK registered charity which takes medically discharged members of the armed forces and teaches them to ski, or to learn again as an amputee. Then the real work kicks in with the one on one Mentoring that each soldier is given to find jobs/careers for the veteran skiers. So far it has a 100% success rate.
Rachael is on the Committee and heads up the medical team. Her role is to keep these soldiers safe as they go skiing, without eyes,legs and arms. She is involved from the initial recruitment of the skiers and has to make the tough decisions as to whom to take on an incredibly oversubscribed event. It’s a year long task for a weeks safe skiing.
As an osteopath Rachael works very ‘structurally’ She is an ace manipulator, and has over 15 years clinic experience. She uses the acupuncture techniques of ‘dry needling’ to great effect and is also very experienced with cranial osteopathy. Stretchy tape or Kinesio tape is often used to also help reinforce the osteo work.
Personally Rachael loves to ski and box, and kayak and hike. She always has a dog with her, which is why the clinics are dog friendly! She has recently started making websites (like this one) and is morphing into a techno geek.
Her current charities are:
Osteos du Coeur
Supporting Wounded Veterans
Ante Natal Classes