I first become interested in osteopathy after seeing my mother’s pain go away after a few osteopathic treatments. She was treated by a really great osteopath in Oklahoma when she was living there a few years back. My mom struggles with joint problem since she was a teenager and always depended on traditional medicine for pain relief. After her double hip-replacement surgery two years ago, she stopped taking painkillers because she fears she might be dependent on medications so she just struggle with pain and stiffness. After a long period of ailment with unsatisfactory results from standard medical procedures, we began to search for a safer gentler and more effective treatment.
My mom’s friend recommended an osteopath in Oklahoma. Although we are slightly apprehensive at first, we decided to pay her a visit. The osteopath let her do few basic movements infront of a mirror (she walked a few steps, then bend her knees).The osteopath asked mom to flex her left knee and pointed out that her left hip-flexor muscle is carrying more tension and causing her pain. She let her lay down on the massage table. The osteopath gently manipulated the tissue around both of her hip flexor to release the tightness around her hip. The movement was so subtle and barely noticeable. Then, she pressed gently around the base of her skull, said it will help with the stiffness and posture problems. She said that palpation on the cranial field can help treat strains and compression in the body. She showed my mom how to stand properly by keeping the feet pointing straight ahead, ribs tucked in and hips over heels to improve her posture and her breathing.
Relaxed and pain free, mom walked home with a little bounce in her step. Mom felt better after treatment without the use of any drugs or injections. The osteopath said she might need anywhere from three to 10 sessions or more to correct mobility issues. It took her six sessions to be completely pain free. I think osteopathy is a great approach for anyone with joint pain or back pain problems.
The decision to become an osteopath was strengthen from my own personal experience with an osteopath. When I was in Australia in 2013, I visited an osteopath in Balmain. I have suffered from severe lower back pain after the long flight. I took pain killers to ease away the pain, but after the medications wore off the pain returns. The pain was so acute I could not stand for more than 2 minutes. I remembered my mom’s case and decided to see an osteopath. I was really astounded by the results and I started looking up osteopathy on the internet and did some research. I realized how useful osteopathy is for musculoskeletal pains and chronic illnesses. I was impressed with osteopathy philosophy that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and it can help people of every age from infant to the very old get well naturally.
I agree with the principles of osteopathy so I decided I want to be an osteopath. I believe the musculoskeletal system is key to good health, so working with it as an access point to the body makes sense to me. Working with my hands to make people better is very satisfying and learning is also an attractive element of the course. I love working with people and helping them get well I think is a great public service. Found a great school and enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy degree course. The teaching staff at this institution is fantastic. Everyday I learn and continue to learn, my goal when I finished the course is to work in a multidisciplinary practice that work together to ensure that the patients receive all the support they need to be happy, healthy and pain free.