We all share common features of anatomy and physiology, but none of us has lived our lives exactly the same way. As a practitioner assisting the healing process, this fact is especially relevant to help people with ongoing problems, or repeatedly occurring issues. In other instances it’s a simple case of ‘find it, fix it and leave it alone’ (perhaps with some sports-tape and self-management advice).
Why see me
There are a lot of health-providers on the Sunshine Coast. I respect that you have a plenty of choice. The claims and choice are sometimes conflicting, and confusing, or too much of the same. I have seen some claims by non-osteopaths that they incorporate osteopathy. Osteopathy is a profession with a protected title. It is not a technique, not a philosophy, it is a registered health-profession. With me you will get a practitioner whose approach spans modern clinical education, great hands-on skills that include everything a physio/chiro/massage therapist does in the one place (though you don’t need to have manipulation if you don’t like it), whilst maintaining a global-thinking approach to less obvious factors that my be impacting on your health.
The best of both worlds
I will always try to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for your manual health-care needs, but I won’t rebook you for anything without a clinical reason. I won’t treat you like a number, or like you’ve come out of a factory. I’ll tell you my reasoning.
I don’t put people on contracts. I have clinical discipline and education, which means I don’t waste your precious time if you need a referral for something. I have ‘good hands’, but also have the technical skills to find and specifically act on issues to usually make a quick, and longer-lasting difference. My professional education is based in biomedical disciplines, but maintains its wholistic perspective. That isn’t a New Age term – it means I try to take a Field Marshall type of approach when considering your health – reintegrating your history, signs and symptoms, and what is going on in your life.
Osteopathy is the oldest of the Western manual therapy professions, and began with the tenets of always considering the person’s whole life when assessing, treating and providing advice. Osteopathy has never been a mechanistic-only profession.The importance of the physiology of blood-flow, nutrition, gut-health, the effects of hormones, and the impact of a person’s social environment on their body’s physical self-repair was part of our original reasonings, and is becoming better understood. This attitude towards health-care is now more widely accepted.
I don’t routinely x-ray.
I take a reserved approach to exposing patients to the cost and exposure of x-ray radiation. At Peregian Beach Osteopathy I only refer for imaging/x-rays when the results may change the course of treatment for the patient. I don’t use them as a routine screen or base-line for outcome measures.
I treat one patient per booking.
At Peregian Beach Osteopathy I will not treat multiple patients simultaneously. You will have my undivided attention. I personally believe it is just rude not to give a person your full attention when you are treating them. I also believe that privacy and dignity help get a more useful health history, and allow for a more comprehensive treatment.
I have relatively long treatment times compared to other registered manual health professionals.
At Peregian Beach Osteopathy your initial appointment will be one hour. Standard subsequent appointments will be for 30 minutes, or for extended appointments, for 45 minutes. This gives me time to review, retest and to do soft-tissue work for slower-responding tissues, and, if needed, to demonstrate and practice rehabilitative activities, and do hands-on treatment.
I tend to treat less frequently compared to other manual health professionals.
Each individual is different, so this depends on the condition they present with, and their ability and willingness to self-manage with the instructions I provide. My values, combined with scientific knowledge and clinical experience, tend to guide me to avoid ‘high-volume’ frequency of treatment for most patients. If patients do need frequent intervention, this generally doesn’t last for a long period.
My experience is that some patients are aware of the limitations of their condition, and are simply seeking to identify aggravating factors, alleviate discomfort, and find strategies to cope. They are looking for someone who will listen to their experience of what has and hasn’t worked for them. They appreciate that I listen, often learn, and also can often offer them a different perspective. I will work with my patient to try to make changes to improve their quality of life, even when the issue cannot be eliminated.
At Peregian Beach Osteopathy I value communicating well and understanding and setting reasonable goals for treatment outcomes. I try to piece together the picture for you, and explain my plan as clearly, ethically and as objectively as possible. I will also explain the limitations in what we can do, and potential future pathways to help you.
I integrate a variety of hands-on treatments and advice, and, with your permission, will also consult with other health-care and fitness providers who support you in getting better. Examples of techniques include, when appropriate, joint manipulation (with preparation and consent), gentle and nuanced soft-tissue and traction modalities, very-specific massage, myofascial, lymphatic drainage techniques, and some exercise prescription and lifestyle advice that will affect your presenting condition. This is not a comprehensive list of techniques used, as, after 30 years of training in various health-care settings, I can’t list everything I’ve learned.