Before I even had heard of Osteopathy, I had been suffering from a Chronic Anal Fissure for longer than I could remember or wanted to. My boss at work has suggested I look at Osteopathy because his wife had been suffering from a muscle disorder and nothing was helping her. At this point, I was willing to try anything. I was in so much pain I was in tears. I couldn’t walk, I could sleep properly, I was in agony all the time.
Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine. The idea behind osteopath is to help improve mobility, restore health and vitality. Sounds like a mouthful to me, but is it worth considering? Absolutely.
Osteopathy is a treatment formulated to help you understand the relationship between the structure of the body and how it functions. Osteopath practitioners study for years to develop very sensitive palpation skills.
Typically when you see an Osteopath, they will examine, ask you why you there to see them and make a determination on or how they can help you. They will examine your posture, how you walk, how you stand, how you sit. They will also do a physical examination just like a doctor would look and feel your muscles and body. Prepare to be prodded and poked.
It’s all about your posture, the way you sit, the way you walk, the way you stand. Your body could be leaning the wrong way causing an imbalance in your body. It could be as simple as just leaning forward all the time or not walking properly. Things you don’t even notice because you have been doing it for so long. It is a good idea to get an outside perspective and have them take a look and make some recommendations.
You will be truly surprised and your eyes will be open because a lot of it is obvious, but you simply not looking for it. I speak a lot of the Table Top Method in my blogs or as the Osteopath I saw called it, making sure you treat your butt like a plateau.
I admit I was skeptical before I went, it was new, I was in so much pain, how could they possibly help? I called one of the local clinics in the Vancouver area where I live and after speaking to a few people I was recommended to see a specific Osteopath. Not only did she specialize in Osteopathy, but she was also licensed for internal work (more about that later), her interests and training professionally were Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture.
The person I saw was Diedre from the Vancouver Osteopathy Center
The reason I want to draw attention to this specific individual so you can look for someone similar in your area.
I think it is important if possible for this person to have experience with osteopathy, physiotherapy and acupuncture because it is going to help with your recovery. Osteopathy allows her to understand your body. Physiotherapy is going to help recommend specific exercises for your condition.
Acupuncture is going to help relax your muscle is in your lower body area. I had never had acupuncture, can’t say I was too excited about, but it was fine and relatively painless.
When I first saw Diedre, she did various examinations on my body. She asked me to show her how I would stand, walk, sit and she took notes and made recommendations. She noticed I was leaning forward a lot even when walking.
She also noticed I would sit forward, things I didn’t even realize I was doing until she pointed it out. I explained during my visits that I was in an incredible amount of pain, had seen many doctors and take various medications without success.
Diedre had not treated a Chronic Anal Fissure before or at least they seemed to be my initial perception, however, no challenge was too small for her. She did not want to shoo me out the door. Diedre was up for the challenge and truly wanted to help me any way she could. She just had specifically treated someone with a Chronic Anal Fissure before. She did not shy away or make me feel awkward or uncomfortable in any way. She was kind, gentle and I could truly sense she wanted to try to help me.
We started off doing various exercises, stretches, educating or teaching me to be more observant the way I walked and sat. Some of the exercises were
I probably had 2-3 consultations and I was sent home with a list exercises to do on a daily basis which I did, all of these were really to get your body back aligned to what it was meant to do naturally and to tighten your muscles in your buttocks area.
One of the exercises which I call the Table Top Method or Plateau Method (I am sure there is probably a more technical name). The idea was to flatten your butt instead of clenching it while sitting caused pressure where you do not want it. I talk in more detail in my first anal fissure blog. Basically, you pull your right cheek to the right and your left cheek to the left and keep your butt flat like a table.
If you in pain like I am, it will hurt initially, but keep doing it and it will strengthen the muscles in your anus and actually relieve the pain. It was interesting to realize that this exercise actually helped with the pain. Whenever I have a bad BM, this is the first thing I am doing to relieve the pain in that area. You have to be very conscientious and keep your butt stretched at all times and you will notice over time. Pull your cheeks apart and literally you will feel your anus touching the chair, keep them spread for as long as possible while you are sitting. You will notice over time how this helps tremendously.
Since Diedre was a licensed Acupuncturist and since I wasn’t getting better, I decided to give it a go. I was willing to try anything. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The needles are so thin you hardly feel them. You do feel them the deeper the needles are pushed, but it basically relieves tension and pressure in various areas of your body. I am not sure if it did help me, but the collection of the various things that were tried, I think had a very positive effect.
Diedre is also licensed to do internal work, which means she can go inside you to relieve pressure. Again I was willing to try anything, I had already been prodded and poked by other doctors and this was really no difference. I was impressed with Diedre that she was willing to try and perform this work even though I was clearly in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, it was too painful for me, I had to stop but she did try it two times in two different sessions.
Definitely, check out a local Osteopath in your area, talk to them. Don’t be scared to seek them out and give them a try. In most cases, it is covered under your extended health plan, so it shouldn’t cost you anything. Even if I had to pay out of pocket, it would have cost me around $100 – $150 per session, which was well worth the visit and price.
I truly believe Osteopathy helped me with my healing and more importantly taught me some very valuable life lessons and keeps me conscious about how I walk, sit, and more aware of my body if nothing else. Worth the visit and highly recommend going see one.
Do your research, speak to them and understand what they do. I do recommend finding one if possible who does Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture.
Steven blogs for Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Steven provides personal advice in specific areas he has experience with and his main goal is to help and assist people with health or personal challenges.