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Complementary Therapies - Just Placebos?
In line with the current discussions surrounding Prince Charles' support of complementary therapies and NHS considerations to halt the funding for patients to visit these therapists, please find below a letter from Nigel Graham, the president of the British Osteopathic Association (BOA).

Following the letter there are example case studies of patients who have benefited from osteopathic treatment.

It is very encouraging that HRH Prince Charles should make a further valuable and sensible contribution on the debate concerning the use of alternative and complementary therapies on the very day that Professor Michael Baum and his associates criticise the promotion of alternative therapies in the NHS as its value was not based on solid evidence. Prince Charles reiterated his view that a proper mix of proven complementary,traditional and modern remedies which emphasise the active participation of the patient, can help to create a powerful healing force for our world.

An open view on how complementary therapies can add value to an integrated approach to health care, learning from each other, must be at the heart of a modern health service. Rather than taking funds from the health service, therapies such as osteopathy can be a force for good that helps to collapse waiting lists and actually saves the NHS money.

The BEAM trial of 2004 clearly outlined that manipulative treatments linked to patient exercise provided first class results for patients and established a sound basis for recovery.

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 are able to 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 so many of estimated six million patients seen by osteopaths in the UK each year are so very satisfied with the treatment they receive. In addition, in contrast to arguments about complementary therapies being merely placebos it is necessary to remember that the majority of patients experience a physiological difference – an ease of pain and increased mobility following osteopathic treatment.

The British Osteopathic Association welcomes the comments from Prince Charles and hopes that it will lead to even greater links with the NHS so that osteopaths can provide valuable skills and expertise in improving the health of the nation.


Emily Savins – born in 1997
Emily suffered from hyperactivity and learning difficulties Emily started osteopathic treatment in 2004 – parents say they can control the hyperactivity now. When treated Emily stops her sleep walking. Her eczema is better and she is more relaxed. Is better company, mixes better, has more friends and is easier to live with.

Megan's Story – born 1993
Megan was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 9. Every two months she'd have a fit and be horribly sick afterwards. Her mother, Julia heard about a treatment using osteopathy to manage epilepsy and took her to him when Megan was 11. The osteopath was very good with Megan and by releasing the tension in her head and body before the epileptic fit occurred, explained that they could perhaps be avoided. They were told to return two weeks later, and then a third time until they were advised to leave further treatment until she had grown a little. In all this time Megan didn’t have a seizure and the sessions increased her self confidence. It was been two years now and Megan hasn't had any epileptic fits. For Megan and Julia osteopathy has been a miracle

Glen Pointer - Motor Neurons disease
Glen had experience voluntary tremors for over 20 years before he heard that osteopathy might be able to help with his condition. After three visits to hi osteopath the tremors stopped. He is now able to go on holiday and was able to go back to work. He can now walk without waddling or pain. He visits his osteopath for check-ups three times a year

Mark's Story – aged 27
Mark is incredibly flexible and suffers from both autism and tourettes – he has found that both can be controlled with osteopathic treatment.

Stephen Hazelton
Suffered from headaches for 20 years, mostly migraine like but in the last 9 months the pain would go up the back of his neck and head. The Doctor said it was stress and nothing more serious. He was taking paracetamol regularly and going to the gym to try to relieve the stress. His wife suggested that he saw an osteopath and after one session there was an improvement. He has now seen the osteopath three times and no longer suffers from migraines. He still gets the odd headache but he knows when it is coming on and can therefore deal with it correctly. The osteopath also taught him how to breathe properly as he thought this was a factor.

Posted : 5/24/2006 1:25:14 PM

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