Osteopathy is the original modern day manual medicine from which most other forms have evolved. Osteopaths pride themselves on their ability to treat each person as a whole and not just the presenting symptoms. An example is that if you go to an osteopath with knee pain, the osteopath will not only examine and treat your knee symptoms, but they will also want to know how the injury occurred, were any others areas involved which have a biomechanical relationship to the knee such as the ankle, low back or pelvis, and any associated soft tissue injuries. Each part of the person’s detailed case history will help the osteopath piece together your individual case and, therefore, determine the appropriate treatment, exercise and rehabilitation.
Osteopaths also analyse all of the possible secondary effects due to your injury. For instance, you may be favouring the injured knee and, therefore, putting more weight on the other side. Over time, these mechanical changes may lead to problems developing in the ankles, hips, low back, pelvis or even the opposite knee.
The Osteopath then uses all of the collected information to develop a treatment and rehab plan that helps addresses not just the initial knee injury, but all of the other areas of the body and associated tissues that may be affected as a result of this trauma.
As we are not trained in physiotherapy or chiropractics, we do not make representations for these professions regarding their treatment methods or philosophies. Those wishing to know more about physiotherapy or chiropractics should look under the industry associations representing these professions.