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From crisis to a trajectory of health improvement

Written by Holly Clarkson   Posted in:Osteopathy   March 25, 2019

From crisis to a trajectory of health improvement

Can osteopathy be a partner in long-term health improvement?

It’s human nature to take things for granted until they fail.  Our own bodies are no exception. I never cease to be amazed by the weird and wonderful ways our bodies will keep adapting and adjusting so that we can go on functioning day to day.  Until… they just can’t anymore and people end up in my clinic room.

It is often very clear that although ‘the pain’ started yesterday, the problem has building over a prolonged time, sometimes even decades.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a criticism at all it’s just the way things are. Of course, we don’t all have the time or inclination to be getting up at 5am and doing 2 hours of yoga followed by a super green juice, a run to work, and a perfectly balanced lunch we made the day before. Let alone swim home and then go to cross fit…...  Even if we did do all this stuff, we wouldn’t be guaranteed to be pain free and tip top all the time.

That said, when someone comes in with pain whether it’s in their joints, muscles or even headaches, we work backwards with them to figure out why they’ve ended up in this state.  Through our conversations together during treatment, we get to know people's daily habits, work situation, stressors, family set up…. You name it, it all contributes to our physical wellbeing.  Yes, we also give good general advice about regular exercise and a good diet but I find it’s the small things, specific to individuals, which make the biggest difference to recovery and the prevention of further episodes of the same complaint.  

When someone comes in to see me, I see this as them making a commitment to themselves and their health.  I also see myself as a partner in this. A sounding board, a listening ear, cheerleader and a guide to keep them on track.  As people change jobs, set new targets, have children and grow older, so their physical and mental stresses and strains change too. I aim to know people well enough that I can adapt and change treatment and advice accordingly. 

We are your partners through disease and on to better health.

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