As a homeopath, I am always trying to see how the body creates expressions of balance and how these expressions show up in the body, the mind and the emotional state. Sometimes however, symptoms are not apparent and there may be a time lapse before something peculiar or striking becomes apparent to us.
It wasn't too long ago that I visited an Osteopathic practitioner with respect to some lower back issues. At the time, I was predominantly living my life rather bilaterally, with lots of sitting and insufficient mobility. I, like 80% of the population, chose to seek an Osteopathic practitioner to address skeletal issues. Osteopathy is however, much more than manual manipulation of the body. This hands-on medical practice , is drug free and non-invasive. It not only helps with joints, bones and muscles, but other systems, such as circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems. Osteopathy concerns itself with the interrelationship between function and structure. In alleviating structural tension, overall function will improve. The relationship between structure and function is one of the most important principles in osteopathic thought. Like Homeopathy, osteopathic principles regards the body as a whole unit, involving the mind, body and spirit. As well, it honours the body's ability to heal itself and to self-regulate.
Upon assessing my situation and asking some questions, the astute practitioner inquired about my digestive system. I didn't think anything was really striking, mostly because I had gotten used to some ongoing symptoms, such as digestive upsets. In fact, I had put these symptoms to nothing more than a need to alter my dietary intake. The lighter I ate, the less digestive upsets.
The practitioner, through careful examination, was able to identify abnormalities within the structural system which pointed to signs of disease in other parts of my body. In essence, she was applying osteopathic principles to my treatment. Subsequently, she began to work on my liver/gallbladder. Through this process, some gallbladder hardening was discovered.
I fell in love with Osteopathy and its beautiful innate capacity to connect functions with structures, to understand the interrelationship that a lower back ache could potentially have with a more serious organ disorder. A disorder that had been pain-free and with out any direct symptoms.
I chose to study Osteopathy because it serves as a sophisticated GPS to map out what may be happening internally. It then will work within that range of knowledge, the range of limitation, to remove blockages and restrictions that are inhibiting natural flow and optimal health. There is so much going on that we may not know or see, or feel. In my case, I was symptom free and I went to see an Osteopath for what I thought were skeletal or muscular system related. Osteopathy works within the body's range, while respecting the body as a whole unit. It is holistic. It is intuitive and proves to be preventative. If it hadn't been for that osteopathic treatment, I could be confronting much more aggressive interventions. However, careful attention to the connection between structure and function, created the opportunity for healing to occur. How magical!