To book an appointment please call Clement directly on 07400 034 042.
For more information visit www.osteopathyforall.com or follow him on facebook at www.facebook.com/Treating.The.Cause.Not.Symptoms/
Osteopathy helps people of all ages from all disciplines overcome their health challenges. Osteopaths believe that everything has a reason and that if a body part does not work properly and generates symptoms, there will be a reason behind it. The job of the osteopath is to find out this reason, the biomechanical root cause of the symptoms.
In this quest, it is paramount to examine the whole body, as the origin of the problem may be (and usually is) located away from the symptomatic area. The aim of a treatment is to reach balance throughout the body, a state of complete freedom of movement. The holistic philosophy of osteopathy is in opposition to the reductionist philosophy of conventional medicine. The reductionist philosophy results in a symptom centred approach, where the treatment protocol depends on a patient’s symptomatic presentation and is typically aimed at symptoms management. In contrast, the holistic approach embraces the idea of the body functioning as a whole unit and that symptoms are expressions of a dis-ease in the unit. The aim of the osteopath is not to manage symptoms but to resolve them entirely by treating the causal elements that have subsequently given rise to a set of symptoms and predispositions. It is by treating causal issues that patient can move forwards in their journey to health as symptoms resolves and optimal function returns.
Causality is the key element of the osteopathic philosophy, it is its “holy grail”. It is only once the causative element has been successfully treated that the whole body can resolve compensation patterns. In order to diagnose the causative element, the osteopath uses an evidence based testing system interacting with the patient’s neurology. The primary purpose and function of the nerves is to communicate, they form the main communication pathways in the body. The osteopath interprets the information communicated via the nerves to establish causality i.e. effect or cause?
Once the cause has been established it is treated using a choice of a varied range of manual osteopathic techniques from soft tissue work, mobilisation, high velocity thrust, muscle energy technique, toggle, fascial unwinding, Balance ligamentous technique and cranial osteopathy. The techniques that are used depends purely on the nature of the causal problem as it is paramount to use the correct approach in order to fully release the causal problem and its compensatory pattern.
Osteopathy also has a role in the prevention of symptoms and injuries. Biomechanical tensions predisposes the body to injuries and dis-ease mostly because some joints and muscles will be working abnormally or simply overworking. Getting those predispositions resolved prior to injury is always the best option. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”.
The first consultation is divided into two parts. The first is focused around the symptoms themselves aiming to ascertain which tissues are causing pain such as disc, muscle, ligament, joint, organ etc. The other part on the other hand is focused on examining the whole body to finding out and resolve the pertinent problems actually causing the troublesome symptomatic tissues.
About the practitioner
Clement Rhein BSc. (Hons) Osteopathy, PGCertEd is an experienced osteopath particularly focused on causality treatments, meaning that the biomechanical cause of symptoms must be diagnosed in order to administer a specific and tailored treatment for maximal improvements and optimal health. For example, a stiff joint causing pain or discomfort shows that the body is not mechanically balanced and most likely compensating for a problem. Treating this stiff joint will only help temporarily, for as long as the causative problem remains present, the body will forever have the need to compensate is some way. Compensations shown as a stiff joint is a mere effect of a deeper causal problem. Clement’s cause based approach aims to directly treat causal problem, which in turn allows compensations to release and symptoms to resolve.
He has built a wealth of experience in osteopathic health care in the last decade working with patients of all ages and disciplines such as babies and children, pregnant women, seniors, sports enthusiasts and athletes. Having worked with pioneers in the profession from across Europe, Clement has a cutting edge expertise in osteopathic care and understanding particularly in applying the pioneering research from Germany and Belgium regarding the diagnosis of cause and effect with his patients.
Clement is a result orientated practitioner focused on efficiency and effectiveness, hence instant results from his treatments are usually expected together with further improvements as the body integrates the treatment over the following days and weeks. With this cause based approach, as the body regains its balance and resiliency the positive changes are long lasting and so weekly follow up treatments focused on maintenance are not necessary.
Clement is a natural teacher able to relay complicated subjects into comprehensive terms and holds a Master’s level Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Higher Education. He has been part of the teaching team at the European School of Osteopathy since 2014 and has also ran postgraduate courses since 2012 for qualified osteopaths.
He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. To book an appointment please call Clement directly on 07400 034 042. For more information visit www.osteopathyforall.com or follow him on facebook at www.facebook.com/Treating.The.Cause.Not.Symptoms/