Riptide.pngHave you guys ever heard of Riptides? If you haven’t heard of this term then let us look at a few definitions. So according to Oxford 2017) riptides are a strong flow in confined areas such as inlets and presenting a hazard to both swimmers and boaters. Another definition according to The free dictionary by Farlex (2017) a riptide is a stretch of turbulent water in the seas, caused by the meeting of currents or abrupt changes in depth. Fun fact a riptides take a lot of people’s lives year. The reason being they do not notice that a riptide is there before they jump in. Then if this is a strong current then aren’t they supposed to notice that the water is flowing at a different rate in that area? The thing is while it is quite easy to spot and most people know what a riptide is more than likely they are not able to identify where the riptide is. So basically be careful of riptides it is bad for your life I mean most people who get caught in riptides aren’t heard from again. This is a public safety message from the Manual OT. Well The article really isn’t about riptides it is actually about the human body. Human bodies have riptide like problems. When I mean riptides I do not mean that when people touch another person then they just disappear for good. I mean that problems in the body are pretty much like riptides in a sense.

So how do you spot riptides? Riptides are not usually seen by the person inside the body of water that the person is swimming in, they are best seen from outside the water preferably from the shore. Once you are caught in the riptide a person is usually unable to free themselves. So how a problems in the body similar to a riptide? Osteopathically speaking and for ease of discussions I will be referring to the problems in the body as a somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunctions are usually not seen by the person with a somatic dysfunction and once a person has this usually they need the help of a person preferably not the same person.

The person is not able to notice the somatic dysfunction for a few reasons. The first reason is the person is initially able to adjust to the dysfunction in the initial phase of having the problem as such the problem is ignored by the mind and considered as norm. The second reason is that the person with the dysfunction will normally not notice the dysfunctions until they have grown big enough that they are already interfering with their daily lives. This is the probably the point where I should introduce one of the allied medical services that manage the problem. One of the Allied medical services that can and are trained to manage somatic dysfunctions are the osteopaths. So what is the role of the osteopath in the identification and treatment of the problem? The basic role of the Osteopath is basically to spot the somatic dysfunction then break the equilibrium so that there will be new order to the body. By breaking the normal dysfunctional state of the body the body is slowly guided back to a state of equilibrium closer to the ideal one. This is the reason why osteopathy is cost effective and efficient since it is not the practitioner that cures the problem. The body is left to its own ability to heal itself. This is the forgotten part of the science of the body. The healing part is usually just forgotten and the body is then tricked to either forgetting the problem or desensitizing the problematic part as such more damage is done instead of helping. As such this is the relationship between the riptide and somatic dysfunctions.

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