4 reasons why Osteopaths treat more than just back pain
Many of my patients that first come to see me just think that I only treat back pain; thankfully after seeing me they realise that Osteopaths can treat and manage any pain or discomfort you have in any area of your body that relates to the soft tissues which includes bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Some of these other conditions Osteopaths can treat include but are not limited to:
- Back pain and neck pain
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Heel and foot pain
- Knee pain
- Postural problems
- Pregnancy/ post natal care
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Shin splints
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow
We are trained to look at you as a person and your body as a whole. For example, a pain in your knee could be the result of an imbalance in your pelvis. In this case, if we just treated your knee symptoms, they would keep coming back as the underlying problem had not been addressed. The great thing about osteopathy is that we treat the whole person and like to get to the cause of your symptoms. Often symptoms are exacerbated by other factors such as your working posture or stress and we can advise you on ways to reduce these and thus improve your health.
In fact, looking and detecting for dysfunction in all areas of the body are what we are trained to do. Osteopathy is a safe, effective and drug-free approach to musculoskeletal healthcare. Osteopaths review the body as a whole unit, we don’t just assess the site of your pain. An Osteopathy treatment is not focused directly on the site of pain but on the cause of the pain.
The 4 reasons we treat more than back pain are that our Osteopathic treatment approach is guided by four principles:
- The body is a unit– this means that the body is a highly integrated machine where you need all parts working together.
- The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms – the body has an inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself, although sometimes it needs a little bit of assistance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated– this means if you change the structure, the function will change. For example if you roll your ankle and you continue to run it may change the way you run which may put different loads on structures that are not normally used, possibly resulting in injury.
- Rational therapy is based on consideration of the first three principles– Osteopathy combines the first three principles to assess your complaint and guide your treatment plan and approach.
Lastly, many people are unaware that Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioner; they are trained to perform medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system to identify health conditions that may require medical referral.
If you would like to make an appointment to see Osteopath, Sal Alu you can call me directly on 0203 146 5585 or alternatively you can book online. I am covered by the majority of all major private health providers.