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Almost losing her leg spurred Catherine on to start a new business
A ROAD accident left Catherine Holland at risk of losing a leg and in pain for a long time afterwards.
It was this trauma which later inspired her to set up the Oxford Pain Clinic.
The former graphic designer went on to retrain as a remedial massage therapist and now offers treatment at Bury Knowle Health Centre, in London Road, and at Sunningwell Clinic, near Abingdon Road.
She was riding a motorbike to work when hit by a car 13 years ago. The impact crushed her left leg below the knee.
She was rushed to hospital, where surgeons worked for six hours to save her leg. More operations, including a skin graft, followed.
Ms Holland spent 11 weeks in bed and six months off work, before learning to walk again.
She said: “I was bleeding heavily and my foot was practically detached. I nearly died that day.
“I have always loved dancing, running and cycling and it was terrible to hear doctors saying I might lose my leg.
“Afterwards, what saved me was the surgeon telling me I should try massage, as it might help me be able to walk again.”
She contacted a remedial massage therapist and was treated for two years.
When Ms Holland, who moved to Oxfordshire in 2002, was later made redundant it was the catalyst to retrain as a therapist and set up her own business.
The mother-of-two said: “It’s almost always a secondary career for people because, like me, most remedial massage therapists have had an experience.
“The best thing about it is that I know I can help someone else.”
Ms Holland, 44, believes increasing blood flow to damaged parts of the body is vital and believes this technique can help with conditions such as hip, knee or joint replacements and sports injuries.
Prices start from £50 for half-hour sessions.
She added: “It is the logic that increased blood flow to an injured area will improve the condition of those tissues by bringing more oxygen to enable the body to repair.
“Simply deadening the pain with drugs can never hope to heal the injury.
“My methods are low-tech, using the experience of my hands.
“I’m a walking, dancing and cycling advertisement for what really works.”
For more information, call 07017 415310 or see http://www.oxfordpainclinic.com
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