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For those who use them, why? And how do you find they're helpful in the context of ski injury/rehab? 

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I used to work as the strength and conditioning consultant at an osteo clinic, and was treated by two of the osteos. Osteopaths are usually athletic therapists, massage therapists or physiotherapists before they become osteos, so in a way, you should expect everything you expect from one of them. What they do on top of that is also address the visceral system. I think the best way to describe that is to say that other manual therapists tend to only look at the musculoskeletal system, but osteos look at that as well as the organs. I initially didn't know what to think of this, but I learned two things that helped me "get it":

- Organs are not just hanging there - they attach somewhere to the body, and if an organ is inflamed (say the uterus during menstruation for a woman) then the place of attachment (a key uteral attachment is at the low back - where women often have discomfort) may also end up inflamed and can then cause a ripple effect of dysfunction in adjacent muscles, tendons and ligaments.

- When we have a traumatic event (car or ski crash), it doesn't make sense that only the musculoskeletal ever gets jarred - it's quite possible that our organs do as well. 

 

And so osteos tend to be the practitioners that people go to when all else has  failed. But from my experience, osteos are really good manual therapists who have decided to expand their expertise, and as a result, they tend to be very good at diagnosing problems. 

 

Personally I think the quality of the individual practitioner is more important than the type of practitioner, and there are good and bad of all types. But in my opinion, the likelihood that a randomly chosen osteopath is good is much higher than the likelihood that a random physical therapist is good.  

 

 

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Thanks evaino! Appreciate the perspective. 

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Well, my experience (one) is different.  I get LOTS of migraines.  I specifically asked to be referred to a neurologist and went with the osteo because I thought there might be some neck involvement.  All he wanted to do was treat with chemicals.  He did only a cursory exam with my neck and I kept saying, NOT there, HERE again and again and basically he just wrote off the neck issue and started putting me through the old let's see what happens with THIS chemical.  Since I've had them for 30 plus years, it's a safe bet that I've had 'em.  Finally dumped him and went to a non-surgical orthopedic specialist.  Who explained to me that, guess what, I had neck issues compressing a nerve.  You'd have thought with his background the osteopathic neurologist would have been working on the neck thing and not the chemical thing.  I certainly did.  

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Well, my experience (one) is different.  I get LOTS of migraines.  I specifically asked to be referred to a neurologist and went with the osteo because I thought there might be some neck involvement.  All he wanted to do was treat with chemicals.  He did only a cursory exam with my neck and I kept saying, NOT there, HERE again and again and basically he just wrote off the neck issue and started putting me through the old let's see what happens with THIS chemical.  Since I've had them for 30 plus years, it's a safe bet that I've had 'em.  Finally dumped him and went to a non-surgical orthopedic specialist.  Who explained to me that, guess what, I had neck issues compressing a nerve.  You'd have thought with his background the osteopathic neurologist would have been working on the neck thing and not the chemical thing.  I certainly did.  


 

Wow - I find that surprising, but just goes to show that there are crappy practitioners in all fields. Although I do think osteos in the US are different than in Canada. I believe in the US they are doctors, whereas up here they are manual practitioners. Maybe that explains the desire to treat with drugs? Either way - good call getting rid of that guy! 

 

 

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