Depending on the patient and the osteopath, an osteopathic treatment can vary in content. However, the principles of osteopathy are consistently applied by all osteopaths.
Osteopathy follows a set of principles; these are outlined on the TMO Methodology page. The osteopathic principles are integrated into our methodology alongside other concepts from exercise and naturopathy.
When planning a patient treatment, we consider what will be effective in treating the patient’s condition and what is safe.
Patient preference is a primary consideration that may influence the patient’s treatment. However, this can never override an osteopathic rationale and treatment efficacy.
Medical acupuncture is an example of how this may affect a patient’s treatment. Medical acupuncture may be felt as an appropriate modality to treat a patient’s lower back pain. But if the patient has a needle phobia, they would unlikely agree to medical acupuncture in their treatment. In this case, alternative treatments would be offered.
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