My Osteopath Said...

Meridian Osteopath Clinic for Sussex

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What happens during an appointment?

My osteopath said...your main problem or discomfort will be discussed.

My osteopath said...you will be asked about your health and medical history.

My osteopath said...you will be asked about the pain, what type of pain, where it is.

My osteopath said...how is this affecting you?

My osteopath said...we will have to look at you and the mobility of your body.

My osteopath said...dress or undress?

My osteopath said...you may sometimes be asked to remove some clothing to aid diagnosis.

My osteopath said... where practical, practitioners in this clinic will ask you to keep your clothes on.

My osteopath said...by being relaxed and comfortable can assist towards a speedier recovery.

My osteopath said...there are various standard tests which will be conducted.

My osteopath said...we shall make as full and accurate diagnosis of your condition as possible.

My osteopath said...at all times you will be able to discuss the therapy and care you are receiving.

My osteopath said...should the osteopath consider further tests or investigations are required to provide information on your condition/symptoms then please be reassured there will be no hesitation in referring you on for a second opinion.

My osteopath said...you are safe in our hands.

Standing

My osteopath said...stand with legs straight, feet approximately shoulder width apart, body weight evenly distributed over both feet.

My osteopath said...avoid leaning or tilting your pelvis with majority of bodyweight supported over one leg.

My osteopath said...standing correctly reduces strain on ligaments, muscles and joints of the pelvis, especially important and beneficial after correction of a pelvic imbalance.

My osteopath said...standing correctly is especially important and beneficial at all times.

My osteopath said...continuing to stand correctly after osteopathy helps to avoid recurrent problems.

My osteopath said...it is easy to put "my back out" if I don't stand correctly.

Anatomical Terms

My osteopath said...a ligament is a non-elastic fibrous tissue that holds two bones together and provides stability to the joint.

My osteopath said...a muscle is a strong elastic tissue across a joint providing strength to the joint and movement with direction.

My osteopath said...a herniated disc is when the centre jelly substance of the disc between the spinal vertebra becomes softer and weak. The space becomes narrower between the vertebrae.

My osteopath said...a prolapsed disc is when the soft centre of the disc is squashed outwards and can press against the nerves of the spine.

My osteopath said...'sciatica' is when the nerves of the spine are irritated by the prolapsed disc it can produce a sensation down the leg.

My osteopath said...'sciatica' is not always caused by a prolapsed disc, but from increased muscle tension in the buttock muscles.

Dressing without pain

My osteopath said...sit down to pull on - underwear, socks, tights, trousers, skirt etc. and finish dressing standing up.

My osteopath said...avoid "hopping" on one leg putting skirt, trousers, socks etc. on.

My osteopath said...getting dressed correctly reduces the risk of excessive force and jarring to the joints of the pelvis.

My osteopath said...it is easy to put "my back out" if I don't get dressed or undressed correctly.

My osteopath said...getting dressed correctly reduces the risk of excessive force and jarring to the joints of the spine.

My osteopath said...it is easy to put "my back out" if I don't sit correctly.

My osteopath said...it is easy to put "my back out" if I sit slouched.

Sleeping - avoid aches and pain

My osteopath said...it is easy to put "my back out" if I don't get out of bed correctly.

My osteopath said...getting out of bed correctly reduces the risk of straining my back muscles.

My osteopath said...exiting from bed correctly reduces strain on my lower back and neck.

My osteopath said...back ache can cause neck pain.

My osteopath said...back pain can be caused by my tummy not working properly.

My osteopath said...to get out of bed correctly I should turn and lie on my side, keeping my head on the pillow, bend my legs at the knees and pull them level with my hips. Then using my arms to push down into the bed and keep pushing allowing my lower legs off the bed to act like a pendulum helping me to the sitting position. Continue to sit on the bed for few seconds, then stand upright before moving. This will avoid back pain or aggravating and worsening back or neck pain.

Lifting correctly

My osteopath said...correct lifting reduces strain on my spine and muscles.

My osteopath said...lift correctly keeping head upright, back straight and bend legs at the knees.

My osteopath said...my thigh muscles are very strong and this is why I should lift using my legs muscles and not my back because it is not strong enough for lifting.

My osteopath said...my knees ache often because my leg muscles are tense restricting movement.

My osteopath said...I find it easier to lift with my back because my knees ache but this is wrong and will increase the risk of back pain if I continue to lift incorrectly.

My osteopath said...lifting and lowering correctly help reduce the risk of back pain.

My osteopath said...when lifting hold the object close in towards your body as close as possible.

My osteopath said...lift and lower correctly using power in your leg muscles maintaining a straight upright back.

My osteopath said...avoid rotating your upper body while lifting or lowering an object.

My osteopath said...avoid twisting my upper body while holding an object, it is better to shuffle your feet to turn and move your whole body before lowering the object.

My osteopath said...you don't need to lift a heavy object to get back pain.

My osteopath said... even lifting a feather incorrectly could cause a back injury.

My osteopath said...if I twist my body lifting an object I risk herniating a disc.

My osteopath said...reduce the risk of a prolapsed disc by lifting correctly.

My osteopath said...sit upright and don't slouch.

My osteopath said...a chronic back pain would often become acute and then subside into the chronic ache.

Sitting

My osteopath said...avoid slouching and sit correctly.

My osteopath said...avoid sitting with one leg crossed over the other.

My osteopath said...sitting with a cushion or rolled up towel in the small of my back reduces back pain.

Inflammation - reduce swelling

My osteopath said...using cold on the area of your back pain reduces inflammation.

My osteopath said...the use of ice on the area of your backache reduces pain in the initial stages after injury.

My osteopath said...use a tissue between your skin and the ice pack to avoid freezer burn.

My osteopath said...use a bag of frozen peas if you are unable to use an ice pack.

My osteopath said...an elderly person can have a sports injury.

My osteopath said...do not place the ice directly onto the skin as this may cause a freezer burn.

My osteopath said...you should use the ice on the area for 10 minutes every two hours.

My osteopath said...you should repeat the ice therapy every two hours.

Gardening and work

My osteopath said...before gardening I should do some light exercises to warm up.

My osteopath said...before gardening I should do somesimple knee bends and back stretches.

Food and my aches and pains

My osteopath said...if I don't eat a balanced diet it can give me joint pain.

My osteopath said...a balanced food intake helps my joints move easier.

My osteopath said...when I don't have any aches or pains I look happier.

My osteopath said...a balance of fruit and vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and good air and water is what I should be aiming to have, everyday.

Balanced Diet, what does it mean?

My osteopath said...it is important to have the correct balance of foods for optimum health.

My osteopath said...foods are grouped together into different categories and you can have too much of one category of food, causing a deficiency which can lead to dis-ease.

My osteopath said...the categories are, Carbohydrates (CHO), Protein, Fats (Essential and Non Essential), Fibre and most important of all water.

Carbohydrates, too much causes excess fat!

My osteopath said...carbohydrates, are sugars, also known as starch and provide energy.

My osteopath said...if your intake of Carbohydrates is more than what you use for energy, the excess carbohydrates not used are converted by your liver into fat.

My osteopath said...this unused excess fat can deposit itself around your body, sometimes seen externally around the waist, thighs and buttocks.

My osteopath said...the real health issue and damage caused by bad fat is often not seen, with the fats accumulating around the heart and arteries, possibly creating circulation and heart problems.

Proteins, repair your body

My osteopath said...proteins help growth, maintenance and repair of all cells, most people realise the importance for a growing baby but it is just as important as you get older.

My osteopath said...ageing is a failure to repair, and without protein the body cannot heal and repair itself, therefore maintenance of your body suffers often leading to premature ageing.

My osteopath said...proteins, otherwise known by their chemical name as Amino Acids, and there are only 22 known amino acids.

My osteopath said...some amino accids are Essential and others non-essential, the so called non-essential amino acids (14 in total) the body can make, but require the essential amino acids to keep making them.

My osteopath said...The other 8 essential amino acids have to be taken from food. There some foods, known as 'complete foods', which contain the 8 essential amino acid proteins.

My osteopath said...these foods are called "complete" proteins and tend to come from animal sources of protein such as meat, dairy products, eggs, fish, shellfish and poultry.

Fats, need Healthy good fats, avoid unhealthy bad fats

My osteopath said...fat is a source of energy and protects our organs.

My osteopath said...the layer of fat underneath our skin keeps the body warm and generates heat. The thin layer of fat between muscle compartments allows easier movement.

My osteopath said...fat is also needed to produce and protect hormones, it aids in the absorption and transportation around the body of vital fat-soluble nutrients and vitamins.

My osteopath said...bad fats are Saturated fats and Trans fats.

My osteopath said...these "bad" fats, in excess in our food intake, which are often hidden in some foods, can make us gain weight and become obese.

My osteopath said...these "bad" fats can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart disease and stroke.

My osteopath said...polyunsaturated fats are beneficial to our health. They can lower blood cholesterol levels, protect the heart and prevent heart disease.

Bad Fats, food sources to avoid

My osteopath said...saturated fats are whole milk, butter, cream, ice cream, red meat with fat, the skin on chicken, chocolate, crisps, cheese, beef, lamb, pork, lard, beef fat, most commercially produced cakes, biscuits, pastries, fast foods, coconut oil and palm oil.

My osteopath said...trans fats are the most damaging and harmful type of fats, yet they are found in smaller amounts in the diet. They are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Trans fats are also known as hydrogenated fats and are found in most margarines, butter, whole milk, shortening, cooking oils, processed foods, snack foods and commercially fried foods. They should be totally eliminated from the diet, as they pose a great risk to your health.

Good Fats, food sources to enjoy

My osteopath said...food sources of monounsaturated fats, the good fats, include olives, olive oil, canola oil, avocados, peanut oil, peanuts and most other nuts.

My osteopath said...polyunsaturated fats are divided into two types, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

My osteopath said...Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish such as mackerel, herring, sardines, salmon, tuna, swordfish, as well as in oils such as soy oil and canola oil and spreads made from these oils.

My osteopath said...Omega-6 fatty acids are found in nuts such as walnuts, brazil nuts and seeds such as sunflower and sesame seeds. They are also present in corn oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil.

Fibre, important bowel health, too much is also not good.

My osteopath said...the main function of fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly

My osteopath said...this speeds up the excretion of waste and toxins from the body, by not sitting in the intestine or bowel for too long, which could build-up.

My osteopath said...it also promotes the growth of friendly bacteria that ferments and makes the waste material soft and bulky, which helps it to pass through the intestines quicker to the bowel and out of the body.

My osteopath said...thus, preventing constipation with regular bowel movements. A larger and softer stool is able to pass through the intestines and bowel more easily and fluidly and is easier to evacuate.

My osteopath said...please note this is also why drinking sufficient water allows good intestinal movement and toxins are not able to build up and accumulate.

Water, most important and vital for health.

My osteopath said...water is needed by every living cell and almost every process that takes place within the body is dependant on water. Without water we will die within few days but can continue for long periods without food.

My osteopath said...water is vital to carry nutrients in the bloodstream, to eliminate any waste.

My osteopath said...food cannot be digested without water.

My osteopath said...water helps digested food pass through the body quicker, preventing constipation and any toxins and waste material accumulating to dangerous levels.

My osteopath said...drinking water replenishes bodily fluids lost through sweating, especially during and after playing sports and through passing urine.

My osteopath said...water keeps the skin hydrated, supple and looking healthy and glowing. Water is important for muscles, keeping them toned and firm. Water dilutes toxins and removes them from the body.

My osteopath said...water aids circulation and helps to regulate the temperature of the body and body heat.

My osteopath said...water aids in the metabolism and elimination of fats. Without water, fat deposits in the body will increase.

My osteopath said...the brain is comprised of a lot of water and therefore needs replenishment to keep it working well and to full capacity. Without water we may lose concentration and suffer headaches and tiredness.

My osteopath said...drinking water will alleviate water retention and lessen swelling of hands and feet.

My osteopath said...water is needed to keep the kidneys healthy and in working order and prevents urinary infections from occurring.