Ever wondered why an osteopath can say a lot about you even though you just met? Do osteopath’s read your minds? What kind of assessments do osteopaths do? Why do we notice habits that even you do not notice?
Why can an osteopath tell a lot about you after your first session? Basically osteopaths in a sense listen to the body. We talk to the body in a way that we let the body talk to the osteopath but no we do not use words. Basically as I have said in one of the articles that the fascia is all around the body and it is the primary route of communication by an osteopath. As to how we do it we just see how the tension is on the fascia of the body and since the injured part since to guard itself the injured parts are more than likely the though parts. So how does this tell us a lot about the client? You see each part of the body is somehow related to a certain emotion and personality quirks related to the client. The curious thing is when we talk to the client and the client’s family we sometimes notice the family telling us that what we said was correct but the client himself would deny that certain personality quirk. As such we are not really looking into your brain or looking into your memories of what happened and it is not some sort of Jedi mind trick.
As to the kinds of assessments that an osteopath has to his disposal aside from the usual biomechanical methods. The usual assessments are as follows listening, arking, motility, mobility and fascial tugs. First things first what is listening? Just to be sure osteopathic listening is no way similar to auscultation. Listening is basically following the pull of gravity so as to now where the problem area of the body is and more than likely this leads to the main area of concern and not the symptomatic area. When I say that this leads to the problem area and not the symptomatic area, I mean it leads to the area that causes the symptoms of the problem as such it is sometimes way of the pain site. There are generally two kinds of listening we have the general ones and the local ones. They are all in principle the same technique just that the general one tell you were the problem generally is, the local one tells you what the problem is. As with all techniques this is pretty much limited by your skill level as a therapist as such to make good use of this you would need to practice and find a good teacher to help you practice. The second thing in the list is arking. Arking is seen in many disciplines and come in many forms the specific type of arking that I will be talking about is the ones in which you get a feel of which is the problem area of the body by giving the body a gentle tug preferably through the legs. Again these things are experience and sensitivity based the more you use them the better you get. As a general rule of thumb the more you use a technique the better you get at them and the better you get at it the more easily you get to see the main problem. As an additional rule of thumb sometimes it is good to try out new techniques as a group so as you get to check and balance if ever you feel the same things and more often than not everybody feels something of a similar nature and some outliers. The third assessment mentioned is the mobility and motility these basically is the physical and physiologic movements for this ones you would need to know what and how one’s body parts moves and which are the normal movements of that part. These things require quite a lot of reading and practice to be able to do these things but are pretty worthwhile once done since it practically lets you now about a lot of things about the problem area and as can sometimes be used as a sort of party trick. People usually enjoy getting told their personalities and likes and dislikes and these techniques are pretty accurate. The last one mentioned is the fascial tugs which are generally done by a lot of professions but for osteopaths these things go much deeper and can show you a whole world of information once done correctly. So these are the assessment tools available to osteopaths.
As to how we notice habits it is pretty much putting together all the data from the osteopathic assessment and doing a bit of detective work as to how these things appear and more often than not these are habit based and are usually unnoticed by the client. As to how to change these habits there are a lot of things to do these things such as habit training or sometimes these change just by letting the client know these habits exist. After all knowledge is power! Hopefully these things explained a bit about how osteopaths do things.
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