Osteopathy treats the person, not the condition.
Often we get asked whether we treat a particular condition. The world of Medicine has been subdivided into many specialisations – and whilst this may be positive in getting the focus on the particular ailment right, it may come with some disadvantages as we sometimes fail to see the person as a whole and fail to integrate all systems together.
Osteopathy plays a lot of emphasis on getting to know the person we are treating, and attempts to coin all the pieces together for an effective treatment plan. This is by far not an easy task, and referral to a specialist is sometimes necessary, however all efforts are made to treat the person, and not just the condition being presented. For this reason, rather than outlining the typical conditions we treat, the following subsections are a selection of type of patients we encounter, each with their little challenges that we strive to understand:
‘Evidence based medicine’ has made it a necessity to undergo clinical trials based on various conditions. Through research over the years, Osteopathy has been shown to be helpful in the following conditions:
- Mechanical lower back pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Rib dysfunction (causing pain in the chest region)
- Certain types of headaches
- Posture related neck and upper back pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Foot and ankle pain
- Tennis elbow
- Shoulder impingement / rotator cuff strain
- Pregnancy – related lower back pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Hip pain