Osteopath London – Victory Health and Performance
Why see an Osteopath?
Osteopathy takes a “whole-person” approach to helping the body recover from physical problems. At Victory, we treat people as people, not just as bodies with difficulties. We look into and treat the causes of problems, not just the symptoms.
You may have seen a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor in the past and they may or may not have helped you. Don’t give up until you’ve come to see us! Among the manual therapist professions there is a continuity of techniques and approaches and the human body remains the same no matter what the practitioner’s profession.
Why Osteopathy at Victory
Jonathan at Victory Health and Performance is a very experienced and skilled osteopath. He brings a great breadth of practice and depth of
technique to his treatments. He is not a purist, but a pragmatist. If applying fried eggs demonstrably lessened musculoskeletal pain, he would have studied to be a grill cook. He brings with him spinal and peripheral joint manipulation, functional and indirect treatments, elements of classical osteopathy and osteopathy in the cranial field. In addition, he uses Photobiomodulation and Medical Acupuncture. He is part of the team of professionals at Victory and as a patient you shouldn’t be surprised if in the journey toward health, he refers you to other members of the team for specialist rehabilitation, treatment or merely an alternative approach.
What is Osteopathy
So, what’s different seeing an osteopath from other practitioners?
Osteopathy is a profession founded on a philosophical approach to disease and dysfunction. The American doctor who started the profession, AT Still produced a great number of aphorisms which are a good starting point in understanding this approach.
First, structure governs function and function governs structure. What this means simply is that a physical problem has a shape in the way of muscles and bones and joints work together. If the shape and movement of these structures is corrected, the problem will be eliminated. Alternatively, if one eliminates the problem, the shape of body itself is corrected.
This makes sense architecturally in that in a building with a structural beam that doesn’t span the supporting pillars, the mechanical stress degrades the building. But it also means something a little more subtle. Often patients have unexplained symptoms and pain that x-rays and MRI’s cannot find. The problems can be in the ways muscles and bones work together or in a vicious circle of over-tight muscles and irritated nerves that defy a diagnosis.
Second, Find it, Fix it, and then Leave it alone. The simplest interpretation of this is a recommendation to the practitioner to not bugger around and keep treating when the problem is better. A more complicated interpretation is that finding the origin of the problem is the priority. If progress has been disappointing in the course of treatment, then re-examine the patient and refresh the diagnosis. Often the problem is not the same as the focus of pain, so looking at the body in the whole can yield useful avenues treatment. Lastly, once you have treated a dysfunctional part of the body and are satisfied it has been corrected, don’t keep treating it. There is no point in adding to something that is complete.
Third, Anyone can find disease, finding health is the secret. Patients will often present with dramatic symptoms or degraded health. Often these people have been told either that there’s nothing to be done and they must put up with the pain or that there’s nothing wrong and the pain is exaggerated or conjured in their mind. Even highly degraded or degenerated bodies may be pain free. Many radiological surveys of general population have found pain-free examples of spinal degeneration at a rate that equals or exceeds patients who are dealing with pain and are found in MRI or X-ray investigation to have the same physical issues. This means that if you have (for example) a disc prolapse causing awful pain, then definitely the disc lesion has created the conditions of the pain, but you don’t necessarily have to suffer pain (because people with the same prolapse DON’T experience the pain) . This is good news for a sufferer. If function can be restored, if pain can be ameliorated, if the injury can be nourished and given time to heal, the patient will get better, no matter how bad they appear, when the practitioner searches for health
Last, is an aphorism almost every osteopath knows: The rule of the artery is supreme. The concept is that musculoskeletal lesions become constricted with compromised blood flow in and out of problematic areas. If space is restored for blood and lymphatic fluid movement, the healing cycle will be unimpeded. This holds an implication that osteopathic treatment is not about the osteopath healing the patient but removing the barriers to normal healing. If everyone healed according to the body’s usual ability, osteopaths wouldn’t be required.