Joint and soft tissue manipulation for the relief of pain is a very ancient art. I am trained in osteopathy, a system of manual treatment designed to diagnose and correct mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. During the past century it has become widely recognised as an effective treatment of musculoskeletal and other ailments.
- Manual treatment of the body: this is involved in 90% of my work.
- Problem solving: my approach is a logical one focused on solving your problem.
- Personalised treatment.
- Look at your lifestyle, diet and other environmental influences on your health.
- Take an interest in psychological influences on your health.
- Have a special interest in chronic (long-standing, more complex) problems.
- Integrate manual treatment with other methods of natural therapy.
I don’t do:
- Cranial/Craniosacral treatments.
- Putting bones “back in place”, lots of clicks and cracks.
- Superficial fixes or instant cures.
- “Energy” work.
- Mechanical disorders of the skeleton, muscles, and tendons.
- Spinal pain.
- Muscle, joint and nerve pain.
- Any health problem in which mechanical, psychosocial factors
(stress) or lifestyle combine to affect the problem.
Most people requiring manual treatment come to me with:
- Back or neck pain (80%).
- Sciatic pain or other radiating nerve pain.
- Pelvic pain.
- Thoracic and chest wall pain.
- Arms, legs, hands, feet.
- Ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists.
- Headaches and vertigo.
If the problem is mechanical, I can usually help.
What do you actually do when you treat somebody with your hands?
Please do not expect spectacular techniques, nor complicated, or esoteric methods. My approach is simple, concrete, and thorough. It applies technical knowledge, experience and reason to the art of manual treatment. I use gentle manual techniques applied to the soft tissues and joints. My general way of working makes use of a number of different techniques such as massage, stretches, the use of gentle rhythmic movements, techniques involving a small muscular effort from the patient, and others involving precise positioning to achieve relaxation of the tissues. The objective is to promote normal tone, mobility, and alignment. Often, particularly in long-standing conditions, I will treat the whole body in this way.
I prefer to avoid the practice of forcibly pushing individual bones this way or that way in an attempt to “correct” them. In my opinion the common belief in “putting things back in place” is wrong. Rather, I seek to promote health in the body’s tissues through gradually improving freedom of movement. The aim is to achieve positive change in a physical but non-traumatic way. Patients generally find the treatment quite relaxing.
Removing obstacles to healing
Treatment is based on the simple observation that, given a favourable environment and in the absence of impediments, the body can often heal itself. There are many stresses and strains in life which can hinder recuperation, and disorder of the musculoskeletal system is one of these. With an easing of strain in the musculoskeletal system, the healing efforts of the body may more easily do their work. In fact, osteopathic practitioners and their patients have long observed that beneficial effects of manual treatment extend beyond the musculoskeletal system to the general functioning of the body, as manifest in improved health, feelings of vitality, and quality of life.
My role is to promote health by facilitating the organism’s capacity for healing. I regard ill health as a problem to be solved; if it is solvable, I use my knowledge and skills to help you to a solution.
Many of the patients I see have longer term problems. Even a first episode of pain is often just the final result of a long-term accumulation of stresses, strains, trauma and postural issues. Here, the best solution is not a “quick fix”, but the gradual, gentle and sure resolution or improvement in the underlying factors that are maintaining the condition.
As an osteopath, I focus on the mechanical workings of the body. Osteopaths work on the premise that mechanical disorder of the body is one of the many “stresses” in life that, taken as a whole, can produce ill-health. A common misconception is that osteopathy is about “putting bones back in place”. It is absolutely not about that! As I see it, osteopathy is about resolving strain, and improving the relations between all body parts. By doing this, we seek improved comfort, and improved functioning – of and among the body’s various organ systems; and of the whole body in relation to the world around us.