I can, however, promise you these things:
1) I see a lot of people in this situation.
2) Treatment by an osteopath has been shown to be useful in a wide range of conditions.
3) As an osteopath, I’m focused on facilitating your own health; helping your system to work well, so that it has the best chance possible of dealing with your problems.
4) My consultations last for up to an hour, or sometimes even longer, which gives me a lot of time in which to understand what is really going on, and why it is happening. I will take the time to understand.
5) I’m not just trying to work out what is happening; I am interested in why it is happening. I think very broadly about this. Treatment will always involve spending a lot of time with my hands on, finding out as much as I can learn about what your various tissues are doing and how they are responding. But, depending on what is presenting, I may also look at how your body’s signaling systems are working (and what that can tell us.
6) I will consider whether your habitual posture and movements are being influenced by “retained primitive reflexes”, what your biochemistry is doing (I use a variety of tests from several different laboratories, as appropriate), what part stress is playing in what you are going through (and what can be done about it), and more.
7) I won’t give up on you. There is always more to try, and more ways to learn about what is going on with you.
8) At the same time, I won't pressure you to keep you coming back if you don't feel that what we are doing together is working. If I can’t make sense of what is happening, or if your body isn’t responding the way I expect, I will be very up front in raising this with you and talking through the options.
9) My aim will always be to get you as well as possible, as soon as possible.
The lymphatic and arterial systems.
Image credit: Essential Anatomy 3d Software
John Smartt, Osteopath
“We say 'disease' when we should say 'effect'; for disease is the effect of a change in different parts of the physical body. Disease in an abnormal body is just as natural as is health when all parts are in place.”
AT Still, the "discoverer" of osteopathy,