Whether you know what an Osteopath is or you don't, continue reading and I'll try to explain it and how my take on Osteopathy can help you
Strictly speaking osteopathy is a philosophy, not a treatment. Osteopathic philosophy looks at how the body is functioning. If function is correct, injury is less likely and repair occurs naturally. This differs from the orthodox medical thinking which looks for specific problems, i.e. illness, disease or injury. The problem with this is that people often experience muscle or joint pain where no specific medical problem can be found. Sometimes called non-specific pain.
Why choose osteopathy?
Osteopathy is still regarded as an alternative form of health care. This means that the evidence for its effectiveness is lacking (it doesn’t mean it doesn’t work). Mainstream medicine follows the guidance of the best available evidence. But sometimes the research just hasn’t been done or the available research is ineffective for treatment and this is when orthodox, mainstream medicine struggles. I like to think of Osteopathy as physiotherapy (who are mainstream) without the constraints of evidence. We can, after all, utilise their evidence when it exists and when it doesn’t we can use clinical reasoning and experience.
Osteopathy – what is it for?
Osteopathic philosophy works especially well with musculoskeletal problems (problems of the muscles, joints and ligaments). This is because the function of these structures is easy to alter and they are a common source of pain.
Osteopathy doesn't tend to treat named conditions. Of course, if you have an obvious injury, like a sprained ankle, then that is easy to treat. But most modern ailments fall into the non-specific category. Even when it has a name, like frozen shoulder or IBS, it is still a non-specific ailment.
Osteopaths find and treat anomalies within your body that may be causing your symptoms. By correcting these anomalies symptoms usually reduce.
The most common ailments that osteopaths treat are:
Patients may also benefit from:
Harmonic Osteopathy – my philosophy
My philosophy is no different to traditional osteopathy but I differ in my choice of treatment. The main difference between osteopaths is the way they carry out their treatments. Some will use a lot of spinal manipulations (more like chiropractors) and some use cranial techniques. I use predominantly harmonic techniques, which use rhythmic oscillatory movements to gently rock various parts of the body. This can correct the function and repair injury much faster and easier, without the need for creating loud pops and cracks. This is a less “heavy handed” approach.
I can, of course, when the condition requires, call upon more traditional techniques including:
Harmonic Osteopathy – for Occupational Health
The incidence of back pain (and other mechanical pains) is not reducing. It may be increasing. Especially for those who work in an office all day or in a manual job. Data from the HSE say that injuries at work are on the decline but no fewer people are in pain. So the shift in pain is towards those not caused by a specific injury. They are non-specific or mechanical pains and are caused by repeated low level stresses and strains throughout the working day.
There are guidelines and best practise advice about sitting posture and lifting technique. All employees are required by law to have some sort of desk assessment or manual handling training. The current advice is clearly not working. I believe this is because guidelines are written for everyone and don’t take into account individuality.
Also, they are based on outdated theories about the cause of pain. All the best evidence shows no link between posture and the cause of pain. You can align everyone’s work station perfectly or you can ensure everyone keeps their spine straight and bends their knees as much as you like but you won’t effect the incidence of pain. As demonstrated by the inability of current guidelines and legislation to reduce pain in the workplace.
What will help is if the employee understands the strains they are putting themselves through every day and the best ways as in individual to reduce these strains. We teach you how to be comfortable at work.
We provide a unique range of prevention and treatment options that are cost-effective, educational and flexible. They exceed the Health and Safety at Work requirements to be actually effective.
Our team are all practising therapists who have daily experience of how the body is effected by the strains of working. They are trained to the highest standard and use the most up to date understanding of musculo-skeletal health to keep your workforce fit and your workplace up to date with government legislation.
We are here to treat your staff, not assess them.