MUSCULOSKELETAL MEDICINE & OSTEOPATHY
Conditions commonly helped by musculoskeletal medicine and osteopathy
post operative pain
giddiness & disorientation
nausea and vomiting
recovering function after fracture
The specialty of Musculoskeletal Medicine covers all forms of pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and is for patients who have bone, joint, and muscle disorders. Many patients could be helped to avoid surgery if they sought early treatment of a problem rather than leaving the particular problem to worsen. (For instance, a study from Denmark showed that 1 in 4 patients could avoid a knee replacement operation following a short course of acupuncture).
We treat patients who have pain arising from many different causes including arthritis (both osteo and inflammatory arthritis - such as rheumatoid).
The two main approaches that we use are manipulation (mainly osteopathic), and acupuncture with trigger point needling and electroacupuncture.
Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment based on careful examination of joints and muscles, especially those of the spine. Restrictions in movement at a joint level can have local or wide reaching effects causing pain and other disturbances throughout the body. Gentle but effective forms of manipulation can then be used for correcting these "somatic dysfunctions".
Osteopathy is effective with many musculoskeletal problems including back and neck pain and sciatica.
At this practice we use gentle modern techniques such as muscle energy techniques and 'positional release'. These involve no direct force, but are remarkably effective; they can relieve problems which have been present for months, years, or even decades. Because they are not forceful they are less frightening and more comfortable for the patient.
Dr Monk is particularly interested in the overlap between these gentle modern osteopathic techniques and modern research evidence in acupuncture. The two approaches complement each other and a combination of both will frequently be used.