I'm Tom Meyers, also known as TomTom the Health Navigator. I'm an osteopath MSc, D.O (OSD) & body-centred stress-coach, keynote speaker and author of "Futurize Yourself - Design your life on purpose".
I've been working full-time as an osteopath since 2007 and developed and researched a novel body-mind and educational treatment approach that I coined the 'Reaset Approach'.
The evolution towards a more computerised environment has changed the way we live and work and the way life and work is organised. These changes have given rise to increased stress levels and challenges to our health and well-being. Stress is part of life however, to much stress has major health consequences (musculoskeletal pain, cardiovascular disease, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, depression, burnout…) and diminishes your ability to enjoy life. The Reaset Approach is an answer to help people thrive in body, mind and spirit in a fast-changing world.
My experience and thoughts I also share in workshops and presentation.
Training by Tom Meyers:
Osteopathy (College Sutherland, 2007)
D.O. Osteopathy (OSD, 2015)
B.Sc. in Osteopathy (OSD, 2015).
M.Sc. in Osteopathy (OSD, 2019)
Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common work-related health problems in Europe. Can the Reaset Approach help? Objective: Effect of the Reaset Approach on self-assessed musculoskeletal pain Method: Case study (n=1) Measurement: SF-MPQ Results: The difference in total SF-MPQ score between t0 and t2 is -6 points Conclusion: A single Reaset Approach resulted in improvements in self-assessed musculoskeletal pain immediately after and three days after the intervention.
The effect of the Reaset Approach on the autonomic nervous system, state-trait anxiety and musculoskeletal pain in patients with work-related stress: A pilot study
Background: Work-related stress (WRS) is associated with musculoskeletal pain (MSP), changes in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and anxiety. Objective: To determine the feasibility of a follow-up study and treatment efficacy of the Reaset Approach on MSP, ANS and State-Trait anxiety. Methods: 15 subjects with WRS and MSP were assigned into 3 groups (Body, Head-Neck, Head-Neck-Body). Each group received a single 25 minute ‘Reaset Approach’ intervention. Heart rate variability (HRV), electro-dermal activity (EDA), State Trait Anxiety (STAI) and MSP were measured. Results: HRV parameters: SDNN increased in 13 of 15 subjects while SD1 and SD2 increased in 12 of 15 subjects. EDA reduced in 10 of 14 subjects. State Anxiety reduced in all subjects and Trait Anxiety reduced in 14 of 15 subjects. MSP reduced in all subjects after the intervention and were still lower three days afterwards. Conclusions: This pilot study determined that a follow-up study can ensue provided minor modifications are implemented and that the ‘Reaset Approach’ has an influence on the ANS, anxiety and MSP. Results do differ between groups. The intervention groups including the head and neck modalities demonstrated better results.
BSc. Thesis Dresden International University (DIU) and Osteopathy Schüle Deutschland (OSD)
The effect of the “Reaset Approach” on the autonomic nervous system, neck-shoulder pain, state-trait anxiety and perceived stress in office workers: A randomised controlled trial.
Background: Neck-shoulder pain, stress and anxiety have become the most common work-related health problems in office workers in the EU. These symptoms are linked to the increase in psychosocial risks that have emerged with the evolution towards a more computerized work environment. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a 25 minute ‘Reaset Approach’ intervention on autonomic regulation evaluated through heart rate variability (HRV), neck-shoulder pain, state and trait anxiety, and perceived stress compared to a control condition. Methods: 40 office workers (34 female, 6 male; age range, 30-49) with perceived work- related stress and neck-shoulder pain were randomly assigned to a control group (rest) or treatment group (Reaset Approach): a novel body-mind approach that integrates osteopathic principles. Trait anxiety and perceived stress questionnaires were completed pre- and 21-day post-intervention. Resting HRV was derived in the time- domain pre- and post-intervention. State anxiety and perceived pain intensity questionnaires were completed pre-post intervention. Perceived pain intensity was followed up 3- and 21-day post intervention. Results: HRV indices significantly increased (pre vs. post) in the treatment group compared to control (p<.001). Pain intensity was significant reduced (pre vs. post) compared to control (p<.001). At 3-day follow-up (vs. pre) pain intensity was significantly reduced in the treatment (p<.05) and control group (p<.001). At 21-day follow-up (vs. pre) pain intensity was significantly reduced in the treatment group (p<.05) compared to control. State anxiety was significantly reduced (pre vs. post) in treatment (p<.001) and control group (p<.05). Perceived stress was significantly reduced (pre vs. 21-day post) in the treatment group (p<.05) compared to control. Trait anxiety decreased more (pre vs. 21-day post) in the treatment group (p=.09) compared to the control group (p=.87) but both were non-significant. Conclusions: This study demonstrated immediate and long-term benefits of the Reaset Approach as evidenced through the greater increase in autonomic balance, reduction of perceived neck-shoulder pain, stress and anxiety in office workers, compared to a control group..
MSc. Thesis (2019) Dresden International University (DIU) and Osteopathy Schüle Deutschland (OSD)