Alessio Gessa qualified at University of Genoa (Italy) in 2016, practicing in Italy before moving to the UK in July 2017 to further his career and qualifications (Master’s degree in Osteopathy at UCO London). He has been working in the private sector developing a thorough interest in sport-related injuries and posture adjustment. He’s a keen sportsman competing in running and triathlon and enjoys skiing too.
I became a physiotherapist because…
Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been a sporty boy, which led me to get in contact with many different physiotherapists along my career. I’ve always enjoyed being a patient and my passion grew more and more to the point that I chose it as a profession.
What has surprised me most about my profession
The beauty of dealing with such a different variety of caseload – this keeps our job interesting and challenging. Also, I consider myself very lucky to be able to influence people’s health through what I do to help them.
The unexpected hurdles I have faced
Managing the patient’s expectations is not as easy as it seems, especially in the private sector; the “educational” role we have is crucial in order to make a patient understand how they can help themselves – as well as for us to sort them out.
My most momentous moment as a practitioner
Indeed, my graduation day was a memorable day, but also when I made my relocation to the UK and took up my first role as a physiotherapist here needs to be right at the top.
Glimpse of wisdom I offer about health / the body
Believing is achieving – people’s health starts from their mind. We need to take care of our bodies from all viewpoints: physical, nutritional, mental… I always emphasize this when I see people in my treating room.
Outside of work
I am a very keen sportsperson, I’ve been a cyclist for all my life and now I’ve become a runner and triathlete as well. I do enjoy travelling to discover new places and cultures, as well as socializing with friends and family.
What will always bring a smile to my face
A good chat with a friend as well as my own daily exercise time. Ah, being Italian, a good meal will always do the job!