Osteopathy worth it ?

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Found 23rd Feb 2007
I have quite bad lower back pain and am tired of eating painkillers for temporary relief.

i went to an osteopath once and he just wasted my time and drained me of money so i lost confidence in them. now, a friend has recommended an osteopath who he says really knows his stuff.

Should I give it another go ?
Has a visit to your Osteopath worked for you ?

Thanks

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Having suffered lower back pain myself I can sympathise with you.

When it gets quite bad I go to an osteopath(he is very good) for treatment.It is the only way to get me properly mobile again.

When I 1st visited him,I had an hours consultation where he examined my spine fully to locate the source of the problem.The thing is,where you are experiencing the pain is not necessarily where the damage has occured.

I would say give it another go.Yes,you are paying for the privelege and unfortunately it is not a one visit fix,but hopefully after a course of treatment and advice on how to manage the problem things will get much better.

I have a weakness in my lower back and so the probelm can re-occur.Painkillers only do so much,it never solves the problem.

Good luck.

An osteopath will have you coming back for the rest of your days.

Go to a chiropractor, or a good physiotherapist and get the job jone properly. That would be my advice.

:pirate: CJ :pirate:

cutthroat_jake

An osteopath will have you coming back for the rest of your days.Go to a … An osteopath will have you coming back for the rest of your days.Go to a chiropractor, or a good physiotherapist and get the job jone properly. That would be my advice.:pirate: CJ :pirate:


I think it depends on who you see.I visited a chiropractor,he was rubbish,I was referred to a physiotherapist who was helpful to a degree,he gave me exercises to improve the mobility of my lower back,but that was all.

For me anyway,my osteopath is the person I turn to.Fortunately I have not had cause to visit him for some years now,through his help and avice regards dealing with the onset of pain,I now know how to stop things getting to the stage of having to be 'manipulated' back into place.

Go to a chiropractor, or a good physiotherapist and get the job jone … Go to a chiropractor, or a good physiotherapist and get the job jone properly

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An Osteopath is a specialist in spine and soft tissue....They are far more qualified than a physiopherapist to examine spine structure and soft tissue and treat accordingly, Physiopherapy is more about manipulating the muscles around the spinal structure and bone...

Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. The underlying philosophy is that the body has a natural tendency to heal itself but this can be disrupted by abnormalities in the skeleton, soft tissue, or the relationship between them.

An osteopath investigates a patient's symptoms, using many of the diagnostic procedures from conventional medicine. The patient is assessed on a mechanical, functional and postural basis. Manual methods of treatment appropriate to the individual patient are then applied.

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. An Osteopath is a specialist in spine and soft tissue....They are far … . An Osteopath is a specialist in spine and soft tissue....They are far more qualified than a physiopherapist to examine spine structure and soft tissue and treat accordingly, Physiopherapy is more about manipulating the muscles around the spinal structure and bone...Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. The underlying philosophy is that the body has a natural tendency to heal itself but this can be disrupted by abnormalities in the skeleton, soft tissue, or the relationship between them. An osteopath investigates a patient's symptoms, using many of the diagnostic procedures from conventional medicine. The patient is assessed on a mechanical, functional and postural basis. Manual methods of treatment appropriate to the individual patient are then applied.



Taken from the back of an Osteopath :giggle:

Taken from the back of an Osteopath



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maybe i was lucky - good physio sorted my back problem. Greatest sympathy though - back pain is agony. Good luck

My O/H and several of our friends visit a McTimoney Chiropractor and can't praise the beneficial effects enough.

I have watched the Chiropractor working and the technique used is a very gentle back and limbs realinement routine. Have a look at the MCA site for a practitioner local to you. The cost was £40 for the 1st app. when a medical history etc was taken and ongoing treatment visits are £35.

mctimoney-chiropractic.org/

HTH and that you find some way to relieve the pain ASAP.

My back is so tense today, making me really snappy at work
A few of our clients are masseuses so I might have to contact one of them at lunchtime.

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Thanks for the well wishes everyone.
There still seems to be some mixed opinions on this subject so I hope someone can recommend me a proven good practitioner so that I know I wont be wasting my money there and there will be some relief.

Anywhere in and around London really ...

thanks again !

Hi Cyrus

I hope your back is feeling a bit better today -and you to MBeeching.

With regards to your query, I cannot say too much about oestopathy, (mainly due to a conflict of interest, I have just started to train as a chiropractor :whistling: ), but I can to say that like chiropractors, their title is regulated, and they have to undergo intensive training to be able to use this title.
Outside of the NHS (which really only includes physio's as manual therapists), there are 5 complementary or alternative therapies, recognised by CAM, for their use of diagnosis skills, -the two main manual therapists, Chiro's and Osteo's both work on the spine and soft tissues - they just have different ways of working and slightly different takes on why they work. Chiro's believe in the nerve's being the main communication for maintance and healing, whilst osteo's believe it's in the blood system;
Fortunately the body is not a machine, otherwise we would all be the same, but it is complicated. What works for one person may not work for others (just like the reviews may heat some, but cool others). Sometimes it takes longer for treatment to work - or you may get someone who's treatment just doesnot works for you, but they may have gots good results with your family or friends. Whereever you decide to go, just make sure they are registered with the relevent Council, and as was said before, they will take a full history and should give you a prognosis, depending on what they find on your first visit.
I would say is that it is not health to live on painkillers, they can do a lot of damage to your internal organs.
( by the by, depending on where you live, there may be a college near you, which is a bit cheaper if you are worried about the expense - London is where most of the Oesto's students hang out, whilst Chiros are found in Bournemouth or Glamorgan, and most of the interns will have been in clinic for about 6mths now, so in 6mths they will be let loose on the big wide world anyway. :w00t: :thumbsup: )

Hello

I used to get really bad sciatica when ran newsagents through lifting things badly - went to a mctiminy (not sure if that's how you spell it) chiropractor and hadn't had a twinge from it until this week when it has been agony.

Heading back to see them next week if hasn't eased off - has been about 10 years since it's last hurt in any way or form so definately recommend them.

A small tip that may help....when I feel the onset of back pain I use an ice pack in the area to try and reduce inflammation.For some reason people think that heat is what you need when in fact,as my osteopath told me anyway,an ice pack is better,for the reduction of inflammation of muscle and nerve tissue(i may have the terminology wrong but i hope you get my meaning).

I just get a bag of peas from the freezer,wrap it in a tea towel and sit with it placed on my lower back for about 10-15 mins,repeating the process every two hours or so.It really does help me and it may be worth a try for you in the meantime.

Just do not suffer,you need to get it sorted as it is impacting on your quality of life.I wish you well as soon as possible.

As I live nowhere near you i have no recommendations of good practitioners,but I am sure you will find someone soon.:)
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