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Osteopaths are highly qualified practitioners with extensive medical knowledge who are able to work closely with patients to diagnose the cause of their conditions and symptoms and either support the patient with treatment to aid recovery or pass on to other relevant practitioners where an osteopathic intervention is not appropriate.

Their deep understanding of the body’s bio mechanics enable them to diagnose very effectively and this is one of the reasons that an estimated 24,000 patients consult osteopaths every working day in the UK, amounting to nearly seven million consultations a year.

The following patients benefited from osteopathic treatment and are available for interview.

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Miss Jo Smith - Fainting

Jo, aged 36, has her own retail business. She was referred to an osteopath complaining of fainting 10-15 times a day everyday, which had occurred for 7 years, after falling onto her bottom down stone steps. She felt and looked ill. The diagnosis by a professor of neurology in a London teaching hospital was ‘non-epileptic attacks’. Her osteopath’s assessment was vertebrobasilar insufficiency (intermittent insufficient blood to part of the brain). It took her osteopath four months to investigate the case before embarking on a treatment plan. After nine months of treatment she was clear of attacks and after 15 months her driving licence was returned to her. That was over 3 years ago and Jo is still happy and ‘faint-free’.


Mr James Whittall – Dizziness and ‘spaced out’
Snitton, Ludlow

James, aged 33, complained of general malaise, a groggy, ‘spaced out’ feeling and became dizzy after exercise. He was unemployed and on sickness benefit. The onset was 7 years earlier during a Thai boxing training session after many years of constant knocks. For five years, his GP diagnosed him with post-viral illness. After changing his GP, he was told to go to his optician who diagnosed blurred vision in the left eye. After being referred to the hospital, a neurologist diagnosed TMJ dysfunction. Dentist equilibrated teeth, which gave him a better bite but no symptom relief. MRI scan one year earlier showed normal intracranial appearances. My assessment was poor resolution of traumatic compression of the petrous portion of the left temporal bone of 7 years duration with compromised venous drainage through the left jugular foramen, superimposed on a poorly expressed sidebending/rotation pattern of cranial base due to chronic shock-locked pelvis from rear-end whiplash RTA 10 years earlier. After 22 treatments over 22 months he was much improved and referred back to his local osteopath. He is now planning on starting his own business and recommencing his English degree, which he had to give up as a result of his illness.


Mrs Rita Worley - Vertigo

Rita, aged 71, complained of attacks of vertigo. When she laid down, she would have a horrible sensation of “the world rushing round” her. She had to be careful with every movement and her husband had to be with her all the time. Onset was 6 years earlier after catching infective labyrinthitis, the symptoms worsening over the last 3 years. By product of the illness led to a fear of an attack, which is what Rita believes was the worse thing about the it – there were no warning signs, which had a huge impact upon her life. She was constantly terrified that she would have attack which stopped her going away on holiday. Prior to the illness, she was a keen traveller and had visited the USA and Europe. Attack lead to complete exhaustion – felt like she was dying. It would take between a day and two days in order for her to feel well again. Diagnosis from a consultant ENT surgeon was vertigo; treatment prescribed was physiotherapy and Epley manoeuvre. This seemed to help initially but not more recently. Osteopathic assessment was compromised fluid drainage from the inner ear and inability to resolve effects of labyrinthitis due to over stressed neck after rear-end whiplash RTA 27 years earlier. She was much better after 2 treatments. And had no more attacks after 6 treatments. She can now drive again confidently on her own. Last year was the first time she had been away in approximately 2.5 years – this came after treatment. Osteopathy took away the symptoms and the associated fear that was becoming a bigger and bigger issue for her – she had a constant knot of anxiety in case an attack took place.


Miss Laura Brown - Fainting
Wormbridge, Hereford

Laura, aged 13, complained of momentary fainting attacks 3-4 times every day. The onset was two months earlier after several falls skiing. She was diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope and prescribed fludrocortisone. Her osteopath’s assessment was poor expression of primary respiration due to shock and compression of the sacrum to the cranial base due to the skiing falls, but predisposed by a riding fall three months earlier. For the week after the first consultation she experienced on average only one attack per day and after the following visit she had no more attacks. Laura was discharged after three more treatments, symptom free. Her mother said that she looks better, brighter and with better colour.

Since discharge she has fainted 3-4 times but they are not the same as the earlier attacks. They more a classical ‘faint’ and have tended to be brought on by an event, such as falling off a swing when a friend swung her round and round after she asked her to stop.

As Laura is only 13 years of age, permission for interview has been given by her mother, Mrs Linda Brown, who will be the person to contact in the first instance.


Baby Emma – Unsettled baby

Now aged 4, Emma experienced a difficult first year. She was unable to settle and was an aggitated baby. Emma was premature and because of complications surrounding her birth, she was separated from her mother and placed in a neo-natal baby unit. To help Emma settle her parents took her to an osteopath. Both her mother and the osteopath believe that it is possible that the extraction led to the emotional problems she has experienced since. However, the osteopathic treatment has made a huge difference and Emma is now a more relaxed child.

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