Clement Rhein BSc. (Hons) Osteopathy, PGCertEd
Treating the cause and not the symptoms!
Osteopathy, founded in the 19th century, is a holistic philosophy rooted in causality. Unlike the reductionist model of conventional medicine, the holistic approach embraces the idea that the body works as a whole unit and that symptoms are expressions of a dis-ease state in the unit. The aim is not to manage symptoms but to resolve them entirely and this can only be achieved by treating the causal elements that have resulted in the whole body falling in a state of dis-ease, and subsequently giving rise to a set of symptoms and predispositions. It is by treating causal issues that patient can move forwards with their health and life path as their symptoms resolve completely.
In order to diagnose the biomechanical root cause, the osteopath uses an evidence based testing system interacting with the patient’s neurology. The primary purpose and function of the nerves is to communicate, hence they form the main communication pathways in the body. The osteopath is able to interpret the information communicated via the nerves to establish causality i.e. cause or effect? Once the root cause is diagnosed in the tissues, it is treated with a varied range of techniques purely guided by what the tissues require in order to fully release and resolve.
Clement Rhein BSc. (Hons) Ost, D.O. PGCertHE is an experienced osteopath particularly focused on causality treatments. For example, a stiff joint causing pain or discomfort shows that the body is not mechanically balanced and most likely compensating for a problem. Treating this stiff joint will only help temporarily, for as long as the causative problem remains the body will forever have the need to compensate is some way. This given stiff joint is an effect of a deeper causal problem. Clement’s cause based approach focuses on causal problem, allowing symptoms to fully release.
He has built a wealth of experience in osteopathic health care in the last decade working with patients of all ages and disciplines such as babies and children to elderly, pregnantwomen to elite athletes and everyone in between. He is available at the Narberth Natural Health Centre every Thursday by appointment.
If you have any questions, need advice, or just interested about how osteopathy may help you do not hesitate to get in touch with Clement on 07400 034 042 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.osteopathyforall.com and www.facebook.com/Treating.The.Cause.Not.Symptoms/.
Osteopathy at a glance
Osteopathy helps people of all ages from all disciplines overcome their health challenges. Osteopaths believe that everything has a reason and that if a body part does not work properly and generates symptoms, there will be a reason behind it. The job of the osteopath is to find out this reason, the biomechanical root cause of the symptoms.
In this quest, it is paramount to examine the whole body, as the origin of the problem may be (and usually is) located away from the symptomatic area. The aim of a treatment is to reach balance throughout the body, a state of complete freedom of movement. The holistic philosophy of osteopathy is in opposition to the reductionist philosophy of conventional medicine. The reductionist philosophy results in a symptom centred approach, where the treatment protocol depends on a patient’s symptomatic presentation and is typically aimed at symptoms management. In contrast, the holistic approach embraces the idea of the body functioning as a whole unit and that symptoms are expressions of a dis-ease in the unit. The aim of the osteopath is not to manage symptoms but to resolve them entirely by treating the causal elements that have subsequently given rise to a set of symptoms and predispositions. It is by treating causal issues that patient can move forwards in their journey to health as symptoms resolves and optimal function returns.
Causality is the key element of the osteopathic philosophy, it is its “holy grail”. It is only once the causative element has been successfully treated that the whole body can resolve compensation patterns. In order to diagnose the causative element, the osteopath uses an evidence based testing system interacting with the patient’s neurology. The primary purpose and function of the nerves is to communicate, they form the main communication pathways in the body. The osteopath interprets the information communicated via the nerves to establish causality i.e. effect or cause?
Once the cause has been established it is treated using a choice of a varied range of manual osteopathic techniques from soft tissue work, mobilisation, high velocity thrust, muscle energy technique, toggle, fascial unwinding, Balance ligamentous technique and cranial osteopathy. The techniques that are used depends purely on the nature of the causal problem as it is paramount to use the correct approach in order to fully release the causal problem and its compensatory pattern.
Osteopathy also has a role in the prevention of symptoms and injuries. Biomechanical tensions predisposes the body to injuries and dis-ease mostly because some joints and muscles will be working abnormally or simply overworking. Getting those predispositions resolved prior to injury is always the best option. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.
The first consultation is divided into two parts. The first is focused around the symptoms themselves aiming to ascertain which tissues are causing pain such as disc, muscle, ligament, joint, organ etc. The other part on the other hand is focused on examining the whole body to finding out and resolve the pertinent problems actually causing the troublesome symptomatic tissues.
What to expect
During the consultation, the case history is taken first, usually taking just 15min. The aim for this is for the practitioner to comprehend all the factors involved in the patient’s body and symptoms. The case history includes a full medical and injury history, patterns of the symptoms, lifestyle and analysis of medical investigations such as x-rays and scans.
The whole body is then assessed to ascertain where the causative issues lie and an osteopathic diagnosis is made and can be explained in detail. Finally, the whole body is treated by resolving these causative problems. The consultation is carried out with patients remaining fully dressed insuring a comfortable experience. It is advisable to wear loose comfortable clothes that will allow full range of motion.
Hip and knee pains from osteoarthritis
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain
Minor sports injuries and tensions
Inability to relax
If you have any questions, need advice, or just interested about how osteopathy may help you, do not hesitate to get in touch with Clement:
Clement is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
For further information you can see Clements own website