How osteopathy can help?
CHRONIC AND PERSISTENT PAIN
We are firm advocates of the person-centered biopsychosocial model. Using current evidence based models and international practice guidelines, we work out not just alternative drivers to personal pain experiences, but also how it affects you in day to day life.
True chronic pain can be very complex in nature. It can require a much deeper understanding of pain. We can get a blizzard affect of associated issues in mental health, fear , exercise avoidance and hoplessness.
Our objective is to work with a person on their healing journey, to provide coping mechanisms, a better understanding and utilize a multidisciplinary approach in their tailored care. There is a specific science to exercise tolerance and dosing needs to be case specific.
It is through unraveling the complex web that may have a nervous system sensitized that there may be control and relief.
BACK AND NECK PAIN
The first thing to do is to screen for any underlying medical issues which may require referral or imaging. After this, we want to see if there is a specific injury to manage or it is a common overload/imbalance injury. Movement screens will help us build a treatment plan.
If deemed safe to treat we will aim to help with a variety of hands-on techniques such as
Joint thrust techniques
Dry needling/medical acupuncture
These issues arise commonly due to the following
General lack of fitness for a task
Repetitive micro traumas over time or direct trauma
Overuse of an area
When an area simply “goes “ when doing something simple, it is usually the culmination of many factors and the body telling you that it cant cope at this moment in time. This is why a detailed case history to find all contributing factors from your life is important. This can range from the pillow you use to you general life stressors as a factor in your pain.
Cranial osteopathy is “a whole person approach to a patient…using hands-on techniques to manipulate the bones of the cranium and similar techniques to all regions of the body.” . It is introduced at the undergraduate level. Most cranial osteopaths have taken postgraduate courses.
Cranial osteopathy began with the discovery by Dr William G .Sutherland that the bones of the skull are joined in such a way as to allow small movements which can be felt. These respond to a slow rhythmic motion that is present throughout the entire body, independent to both breathing and heart rhythms. This is the rhythmic pulse of the secretion of cerebrospinal fluid, which nourishes and protects the nervous system.
This inherent motion is called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM). By lightly putting our hands over the skull and any other parts of the body, we can feel the quality and rhythm of the movement.
During cranial osteopathy treatment, subtle palpation merges into treatment as your osteopath encourages change. Although known as ‘cranial’, this
technique is used to treat the entire body to influence the entire body.
Cranial osteopathy can be used on all patients of any age or state of health. At our clinic, we like to utilize its benefits in combination with other hands on modalities.
ATHLETES AND SPORT
We have working experience with world-level athletes through the Indonesian track and field program. Over the years we have dealt with all levels of sports enthusiasts to high-level athletes across many sports. Although an injury is an injury, it is only through experience that we understand the mindset and concerns of the athlete.
The biomechanics have sport specific demands and the return to activity has higher functional demands. We work with athletes on their personal recovery journey and have an extensive referral network in place to assure you get the most appropriate care available.
We can all do a little better right? Much like a trip to the dental hygienist, it can be a good idea to make sure your body is moving well. While we still think the best form of care is self-care, it is great to have someone help us along the way.
Regular movement screens, hands-on work and tailored exercise can help us to move and age gracefully. Stiffness can be a great indicator that something is up.
With too much activity or too little, it is always good to optimize our mechanical health.
It wasn’t until Jean Pierre Barral, a French osteopath, came to organize, refine and develop this modality did it become more world-known. This is an organ-specific fascial mobilization, in which very gentle but specific force is applied to the connective tissues suspending and surrounding the organs. The idea is to not just help in their natural movements in relation to each other but to “wake up a little something” in their very sensory nerve ending rich connective tissues. It makes the body come alive in a 3D tension pattern.
We always use active and passive movements of the joints to test and retest as a measure of treatment affect. In doing so it keeps us honest about what we are trying to achieve and adds another potentially beneficial layer to our work.
Research has shown that osteopathy can be affective in helping a wide variety of headaches. There are so many different types of headaches with causes from musculoskeletal, neural, drainage/sinus, stress, nutritional , toxicity and many more. Any severe headache or presenting with unusal patterns should be medically investigated first.
Lifestyle and pain mananagement will be investigated to help in managing the more chronic types.
PREGNANCY AND CHILDREN
There are natural postural changes and common issues that occur during pregnancy. There is a variety of supportive work that can be done to help with these. Our osteopath has worked in specialized pregnancy clinics before under guidance from some of the leaders in the field.
Our osteopath has 5 years experience working in a local podiatry clinic whom catered to a host of lower limb issues in children. This combined with our gentle techniques means we are confident we can assess and treat children's issues. Musculoskelatal issues are on the rise in children with their increasingly hectic schedules. We advise that the children be of at least walking age. There are some great osteopaths for babies with sole specialization and we would be happy to share a referral.