I’ve noticed over the years that many patients have layers of information they will share with me as their treating osteopath. These layers come in many different forms. Sometimes I get told the basics but nothing more due to a lack of trust, or a feeling that it may be boring, or that it is unrelated to my patients current problem. Sometimes they don’t mention it because they’ve asked their General Practitioner (GP) and not gotten an answer so have just given up on getting it fixed.
I personally believe that more information is better. The more I get told, the more likely I am to be able to help with any given problem.
Recently I’ve had a patient with ongoing back pain which had been helped with previous treatment but never 100% fixed. I admit that I had seen her a few times myself with similar results. One treatment It was revealed that this patient had a bloating sensation for as long as the back pain had lasted. Using that information I was able to ease the tension through the abdomen with visceral techniques and now this patient is better. No more back pain, no more bloating.
I admit it doesn’t always work out that way, bloating and most abdominal symptoms can be as a result of allergies, intolerances and conditions that aren’t fixable by hands-on work. But sometimes they are caused by tightness in the structures of the stomach and are relieved with treatment. This is just an example, there are many things i see on a weekly basis that patients are suprised I can assist with.
Osteopaths are put through 5 years of university training which includes a great deal of anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis and much more. You are often able to spend more time with your osteopath than you are with your General Practitioner. Please feel free to mention any concerns you may have even if you don’t feel it relates to your headache/back pain/knee pain. You might not get the answer you need every time but I have found in the past I can often explain and help patients better understand what is going on in their bodies.
Dr. Luke Richter (osteopath)
Good Health Osteopathy
5B 329 – 347 Diamond Creek Road