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April 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the awesomest (just because a red line appears under a word in the editor, doesn't mean it's not real) osteopath in Healthy Fit.

April sees me (Nick) really pleased to share with you the first blog post on the Integrative Osteopathy website: 

http://integrativeosteopathy.com.au/what-is-pain/ 

This post asks, and begins to answer the important question "What exactly is pain?".

This is such an important question because pain is the number one reason why people seek the expertise of osteopaths in Australia. And to be able to help people in pain, we (osteopaths) must help them understand what pain is. Only then can an appropriate treatment be devised.

So head click on the link, have a read, ask any questions you may have in the comments section and then share away on all your favourite social media outlets.
 

The Rise of Neuroscience


Neuro and pain science is slowly entering the mainstream. 

The biggest advances to manual therapy, exercise and health in general in the next 5-10 years will be the application of this knowledge into your existing lives.

Meditation is becoming common practice, and not just something done by monks and "alternative" people.

Exercise is no longer only about muscles or the cardiovascular system, but your brain and nervous system and how it co-ordinates everything in the body.

Memes across manual therapy about "breaking up scar tissue" (which can't happen with the forces involved in manual therapy), "releasing" anything or "lengthening" tight structures (again, this can't happen) will hopefully die.

What will change is the common acceptance that the brain plays the central role in our experience of the world, including our experience of pain, and manual therapy influences this via the nervous system and its interactions with the hormonal (endocrine) and immune systems.

What's really amazing, is that osteopathy has always been practiced along these lines, especially in the early part of the 20th century. 

There is much the early osteopaths had wrong, but also much they had right, well before the rise of this information.

So, osteopaths have always been ahead of the game, and thanks to a personal interest in neuroscience, and the mentoring from some well esteemed practitioners and researchers, I have been a very early adopter of these practices into my consultations.

Why is this important?

Simple! Because you benefit from receiving not only "best practice", which is really just "common practice", but "pre-eminent practice", meaning what happens in a consultation at Integrative Osteopathy is at the forefront of current practice.

For both acute and chronic conditions, this knowledge changes the game, and as I'm sure most of you have experienced, delivers, on average, much faster and longer lasting outcomes, that leave you in control, and not relying on ongoing treatment to feel good. 

This is all part of my promise to deliver "Empowered health solutions".

Help Me Grow

One of the main reasons for me starting Integrative Osteopathy was the belief that a better form of treatment for pain existed, one built around empowerment, not dependability.

As you can see above, it is my core brand promise.

So far, the response has been extremely positive.

However, everyday I hear stories about people being told incorrect information like:
  • Your hips are out
  • You've slipped a disc
  • You've got bad posture and that's causing your pain
  • Avoid heavy lifting, or any lifting
  • It's just wear and tear
That's just the start. There is so much misinformation out there about pain, that anything to the counter is often drowned out. Even reputable health websites often are not completely up to date with their information on pain.

Combating this misinformation is hard, so my ask of you is to help me get the word out there.

Do this by:
  • Sharing my blog posts and Facebook updates.
  • Spreading the information you've learnt when somebody you know is complaining about one of the things above.
  • Referring those people you know who could benefit from a shift in their thinking.

It could make the difference between someone having long term complications or a few weeks of pain.
 

Finishing Up

Thanks for reading this far.  I see the newsletter as a way to connect, even if you're not currently coming in for a consultation, so if you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this and ask away.

Even better, jump on over to Facebook or Google+ and join the conversation there - usually there will be others with the same questions, so it's helpful to get the information out there.

Finally, here is the link to the first blog post again:

http://integrativeosteopathy.com.au/what-is-pain/

Stay tuned for more.

Nick
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