My first appointment with an osteopath was this past Friday and it was very interesting.
Bones or fluids?
One thing I learned was that if a person gets a chiropractic adjustment and it doesn`t hold, there is a deeper problem that needs to be addressed. Often there is a problem with `the fluids`. There is fluid that surrounds our brain and spinal column and there can be a problem with these fluids. An osteopath can address fluid problems.
In my visit, we first sat down and she asked me a bunch of questions about my history. Why I was there, surgeries, accidents, falls, any health concerns etc.
Then she had me stand up to assess my posture. I always try to stand up straight and not slouch, but that`s not quite what she was looking at -- apparently my posture is not good. I stand forward with most of my weight on the balls of my feet instead of back on my heels. In fact, when she placed my body in what was the proper position, I felt as if I would fall over backwards!
After a variety of falls, whiplashes and surgery at 1 year of age, by system doesn`t know where it`s center is. So every time I get a little thrown out of balance, my body scrambles to figure out what to do and eventually to stabilize itself.
There are so many people in similar situations to myself -- surgeries, falls, accidents. It seems to me everyone should be assessed by an osteopath, at least once.
After the posture assessment, she had me lie down on a massage table and determined that there was a lot of pulling from my head all the way down to my right hip/SI joint. It seems my right hip joint area was not sitting how it should be. After the treatment, I definitely felt like my right hip had been rotated outward. Interestingly enough, ever since I was a kid my right foot would always rotate inwards. Hmm.
My next appointment is in 2 weeks and apparently the body does a lot of work on it`s own between visits.
I am definitely more conscious of standing on my heels versus the balls of my feet and have really noticed every time my right foot turns in -- I never noticed these things before. I am not sure if it is the treatment or the power of suggestion.
I`ll write another post after my next visit and keep you up-to-date on my progress. I hope my chronicalling my experience helps you to determine whether osteopathic treatment is right for you.