Medical History Explained: Medications

As Osteopath’s, we don’t have prescription rights, yet as part of our five year degree we study pharmacology in detail. So why is it so important to us to understand your current medication regime? There is a common misconception that the medication you take does not influence how your Osteopath can help you. Whilst it is true that we are not in a position to change or monitor your current medication needs, your medication regime does affect the way we treat you. Let me discuss three of the most commonly prescribed medications and how these affect your Osteopathic care:

  1. Cholesterol Reducing Medication
  2. Corticosteroids
  3. Oral Contraceptive Pill

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Medical History Explained: Allergies

Melbourne at this time of year is at the height of hay-fever season. Runny noses, itchy eyes and dry throats are all on the rise. It should come as no surprise to hay-fever sufferers that allergies effect the entire body and, more importantly, the body’s ability to heal itself.

In your initial consultation at Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre you may remember being asked about allergies, and if you have any food intolerances. At the time, this might have seemed odd, particularly if your visit was regarding neck or back pain or some other musculoskeletal complaint. But there is an important link that deserves explaining.

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Medical History Explained: Why do your previous injuries matter?

Remember that old childhood song?

“The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone, the hip bone’s connected to the back bone…”

Well when it comes to Osteopathy and the way we think about your body, the old skeleton song could not be more relevant.

During an Initial Osteopathy Consultation, we always start by asking about your previous injuries. The reason is that we are trying to create a timeline of events that may have led to your presenting complaint. For example, most of us remember having rolled an ankle at some point – but do you remember limping around the office for half a week until the pain settled down? It’s most likely that you didn’t think anything about what this might lead to down the track. Perhaps try limping around the office now to get an idea of what the rest of your body will do to compensate for a common injury like this.

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