IF IT doesn’t have a machine that goes ‘ping’ and/or includes lots of wavy heartbeat lines and/or numbers constantly changing, most people are a bit leery of other people’s opinions.
Unless it’s a family member (or mate; or the cousin of someone your wife knows), who has been ill; or in hospital recently. Their obviously extensive medical background means their opinion of your condition is almost as good as the specialist’s.
But when someone practicing alternative/complementary medicine proffers a diagnosis, well that’s usually snake oil.
Derided by any serious MBBS (that’s university talk for your average GP).
And absolutely mocked by the medical fraternity of your family, friends and neighbours.
Yet the ongoing explosion of alternative healthcare is showing no signs of slowing and, well, where there’s smoke there’s usually fire of some sort.
So with so many people embracing (often very old) new-age healthcare – and healthcare funds expanding their options to include more and more complementary treatments for rebates, then clearly there’s more here than meets the eye.
And as it was osteopath awareness week late last month, the Riv gave a local osteo a call to go and see what all the fuss might be about.
Kelvin Nye at Murray River Osteopathy and Integrated Health runs pretty much an open door policy.
If you want to hear what he’s about drop in and see him.
If you want him to have a crack (literally) at helping your condition, make an appointment.
In a nutshell, osteopaths, who can be accessed directly without referral, focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and wellbeing.
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy aiming to help the body’s ability to heal itself by restoring and maintaining fluid circulation and drainage, joint mobility and proper biomechanics.
Sounds like something your MBBS might also tell you, so nothing yet about eye of newt and leg of toad.
Statistically, Kelvin said, osteopathy is the fastest growing health profession in the country.
Driven, in no small part, by things such as an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report revealing one in six Australians suffer from back problems.
Making it number three on the top 10 causes of disease burden in our country.
But as fast as it might be growing, Kelvin admitted there was “still a level of misunderstanding about the work of osteopaths among the public and other health practitioners”.
“Osteopathy is often mistakenly understood to be just about bones and musculoskeletal pain – but osteopaths treat more than you think,” Kelvin said.
With practices in Echuca and Kyabram he commonly treats patients with back and neck pain, sports injuries, headaches, whiplash, postural problems, sciatica, knee and heel pain, shin splints, arthritis, occupational injuries and digestive issues.
“Osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body,” Kelvin added.
“Osteopathic treatment uses exercise prescription and a diverse range of techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of muscles, tendons and ligaments; along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues,” he said.
“We also encourage individuals to proactively prevent injuries and ailments, which in the long term leads to better overall health.”
Traditional medicine still operates from behind a screen of Latin, every part of your body has some ancient term applied to it that only doctors can comprehend, it all sounding Greek to the rest of us.
Oh, yes, it would sound Greek wouldn’t it, because the ones Latin doesn’t cover, ancient Greek does,
That’s why common folk might end up with an amygdaloid. Of course the doctor could have simply said “you’ve got a lump or mass and it’s shaped like an almond.
No, that would be too simple, even demystify medicine.
Instead we have gone to the Greek for almond (amygdala) and shape/form (eidos) and we have a diagnosis bound to scare the pants of any mono-lingual Australian.
Because anything sounding that bad usually has words such as chemo following close behind.
And here’s where the road divides.
Charlatans take a left hand curve and start promising to fix anything from cankers to cancers while the kosher practitioners, mainstream and complementary, know their limits.
Just as GPs refer difficult cases up the food chain to specialists, so does the serious complementary practitioner point some patients towards the door with directions to the nearest GP.
“We are about helping people get well, period,” Kelvin said.
That’s not a marketing pitch, it is a lesson well learnt.
Healing has been part of Kelvin for a long time. Starting out in his 20s as a personal trainer and masseur every time he studied something new for his current work his horizons kept expanding.
Which led to five years at RMIT to become an osteopath – covering everything from physiology and anatomy to theory and the role of complementary medicine in the 21st century.
And complementary is what is stamped on his qualifications and in which he firmly believes.
“I’m a great believer in the body helping itself because it can, and it does, once it knows what it is meant to be dealing with,” Kelvin said.
“My goal is for my patients to be able to function. Pain free preferably, but with less pain at the very least, so they can take control of their own lives, better manage themselves,” he said.
“And educating people about how to achieve that is a big part of being an osteopath.
“I have genuinely had people almost crawl in here and then walk out. It’s not a miracle; it’s giving people options beyond the drug companies.
“We had a 10-year-old who was socially and intellectually falling behind but after six months he was actually in front of where he should be.
“Humans are mind, body and spirit, we need to have our physical, emotional and mental states in healthy shape for us to function as well as we are meant to.”
Put to the test of running his healing hands over me Kelvin, with no knowledge of my remarkably chequered medical history, was spot on with the one major problem area.
But he didn’t put any spin on it.
It was, he said, something that could be as minor as a temporary imbalance but warranted watching.
Exactly the latest advice from my MBBS and specialist.
One for the complementary carer.
“We have had people through the door who barely had a chance to sit down,” Kelvin said.
“If I find a lump in someone they are forwarded immediately,” he said.
“We had one youngster in here with leg pain and after examining him he was out the door and off to the doctor.
“Where a cancer in the early stages was located.”
That is as important to me as being the one who can help someone achieve their wellbeing goals.”
Pretty important to the young boy and his family too.
But back to that diagnosis of your correspondent.
It was the only thing he suggested was, or might be, a problem.
And he was right. It had been – it even had me in hospital at one stage – where I had been treated with massive doses of antibiotics and sent home with a warning to keep an eye on it.
But for me the real win was while doing his routine health check it included a bit of a muscle manipulation here and an osteopathic twist there.
You don’t get that at your local GP. They refer you to someone else.
Talk about the one-stop shop.
Murray River Osteopathy and Integrated Health
344 High St Echuca
P: 4410 8235
E: [email protected]
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