Osteopaths consider themselves as wholistic practitioners. We don’t just assess where your symptoms are e.g. if you have knee pain, we will firstly assess whether it is due to tissue damage in the knee itself, or is it referred pain from e.g. the hip or low back. We will also need to analyse your posture to see whether there is undue stress or strain being placed on the knee from other areas of the body e.g. the foot, in which case gait analysis may by necessary.
It is often other factors, preventing normal healing from occurring, which need to be treated to allow a problem to completely resolve. We also identify any secondary effects of injury e.g. avoiding weight bearing on the bad knee can lead to problems developing in the good knee, back or other areas. It is this whole body, wholistic approach that has been the basis of Osteopathy’s success over the years.