Osteopaths help millions of people of all ages all over the world to overcome their heath issues, be it back pain, head aches, sinusitis, period pains, gastric ulcers… the list is endless.
Everything has a reason. If a body part does not work properly and generates symptoms, there will be a reason behind it. The job of an osteopath is to find out this reason, the biomechanical root cause of the symptoms.
In this quest, it is paramount to examine the whole body, as the origin of the problem may (and usually is) be located more or less away from the symptomatic area. The aim of a treatment course is to reach a stable balanced state throughout the body, resulting in no reason for symptoms, and usually permanent recovery. When this state of balance is achieve, symptoms clear, eventhough they usually start to get better from the first treatment. Patients do not have to come back times and times again in short time intervals to keep their symptoms under control. The intention is to treat the body when it is needed, when it has almost fully reacted and changed from the previous treatment, yet before problems start to creep back. Consultations are gradually spaced out towards reaching stability in the attained state of balance, where absolute minimal therapeutic intervention is required i.e. the body “holds” its balance.
Eventhough osteopaths focus their examination and treatment on the musculoskeletal system (bones and soft tissues) the effect of which are multisystem, hence why many conditions and symptoms benefit and resolve from osteopathic treatment. There are countless connections and links in the human anatomy intertwining all systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, digestive, urinary, genital, endocrine, musculoskeletal. Osteopaths are aware of these links, and make use of them for explaining the cause of symptoms.
Osteopathy also has a role in the prevention of symptoms and injuries. Biomechanical tensions predisposes the body to injuries and dis-ease mostly because some joints and muscles will be working abnormally or simply overworking. Getting those predispositions resolved prior to injury is always the best option. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.