Most people, when you mention Osteopathy, will immediately say “that’s backs, isn’t it?” However, it is little known that Osteopaths are highly trained in many areas of treating the body.
Here are three things about Osteopathy that you may not have heard before:
1. Osteopaths are trained to deal with the body ‘holistically’. That is to say that we do not assume that the symptoms you are showing are also the nub of the problem. Because we use highly developed skills, Osteopaths can carefully find evidence to identify the root cause of the pain. In detecting the place where the issue begins, Osteopaths can then go to work on gently relieving the problem itself before giving some local treatment on the agitated area. This results in a far more effective treatment and often elimination of the pain and discomfort previously suffered.
2. Osteopaths are clinically trained to ‘triage’ your initial worry – which means that we ask a lot of questions to help drill down into two key areas (before we even examine you or formulate a diagnosis). To protect you, we need to know is it safe to treat you once we have come to a diagnosis. That means that we must consider if treatment help you or if it risks harming you by delaying a different diagnosis. Additionally, if we suspect the problem is not appropriate for osteopathic care, or if you need a medical diagnosis and treatment first, we will always work with you to be sure. Sometimes back pain is not coming from your back, for example, but a large artery in your abdomen, or your kidneys – and our questioning and examination help us identify if this is a possibility.
3. If you were suffering with a painful digestive problem, you might not imagine that an Osteopath could help you. So you might be surprised to learn that Osteopaths can help with some digestive issues, particularly those which are impacted by stress and anxiety. Additionally, your stomach upset may or may not be your stomach or intestines – pain suffered in the abdomen intestines might have been caused by a joint problem in the hip, for example.
We aim to treat you effectively and efficiently. Always be assured however, that if ever we suspect that you should be seen by a GP for further tests and investigations, we will always do so. In fact another surprising fact is that very often we do make our assessments and actually find an issue which the patient didn’t even realise they had!
And who knew that about Osteopathy?