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Why manual treatment may not work

By March 13, 2021September 17th, 2021No Comments

“Why am I not getting better from hands-on treatment?” 

“What else could it be?” 

“Am I doing everything I can to help my recovery?”  

“Is it me or the practitioner who needs to change?”

“Why is Osteopathic, Chiropractic, Physio treatment not working?”

Manual (hands-on) treatment is a great tool in injury recovery and prevention. As well as fixing your day-to-day aches and pains. From massage and trigger point releasing of muscles to articulation and manipulation (click) to gentle unwinding of fascia, practitioners use a wide range of tools to help. 

The style of treatment differs also, from the likes of Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and other manual therapists. With different musculoskeletal disorders with different healing times, the overall picture can get confusing, and more importantly, the outcome can get confusing. 

Regardless of what style of treatment you choose or get recommended. We want to get you out of pain and back to your normal self. Our goal at our clinic is to empower, educate and create positive lasting change. 

So why am I not getting the results?

A normal treatment can last from 20-60 minutes depending, now if you compare 60 mins to 7 full days, it is a drop in the ocean. Therefore there are a lot of other factors at play that will influence your outcome.

Osteopathic treatment of the knee

Incorrect Diagnosis

This is the most simple explanation, as per the title we need to have the right reasoning for your pain, and thus all the treatment hangs off this very fact. 

If you get arm and elbow pain, and you get diagnosed with an elbow sprain, then of course the treatment will be on the elbow. If however, the pain in your elbow for example is coming from your shoulder or neck (referral pain) then treating the elbow week by week will do nothing to help you out of the pain. 

Now, this can be a very normal process the practitioner goes through, they will have a direction for treatment based on initial findings, to then change direction when either treatment is not working or other information has arisen to change the initial diagnosis. A process of elimination, with targeting the most probable cause first. 

Remember practitioners don’t have an MRI machine in their heads, so the orthopedic tests and case history alongside palpatory findings can get very close to what’s really going on. What you want to look for is a practitioner who is flexible and driven to continually find a way to better understand your pain and how to get you fixed.

A sign things have become stale, is when the treatment you receive is the same every time, or no more rehab or progression is given. The practitioner should test and re-evaluate every time to best serve you. If you don’t get an updated explanation on how it’s going and not getting a continued explanation of the diagnosis development then you may need to look for another opinion.