Let me explain. When I first started out on my osteopathic journey I loved those arty logos that others had of vertebrae carefully balanced on top of each other to create a perfect spinal curve.
Now, I’m so glad I didn’t choose this as my logo. Not because they are not nice pictures – I still think they look quite cool – but it doesn’t show people what I do.
What do I mean? When you come to see me, I might spend some time looking at your back (if you come for back pain!) but this is only a small sliver of what I am interested in. And once more serious causes have been ruled out then I will spend even less time looking at it.
Why? I get to the heart of the matter by finding out about YOU. What do you do every day? What do you want to do? Your medical history is important but so is your personal history. What key things have happened to you in life? Recently and in the past. What are your thoughts and beliefs about your pain? – this is a big one. Who is there to support you on your journey to becoming pain-free?
Yes, I might give you some exercises but only if they are going to help you do stuff you want to do. This may be as little as being able to walk around the block or as big as running a marathon in under 4 hours. I may suggest some classes or activities but only things you would enjoy. Life is short. Why spend time wasting it on a treadmill if you hate the gym? There are other ways to get fit.
All this is quite hard to get across in one small logo! In the end I plumped for this logo of a person. Not a spine, or a shoulder or an ankle. A person. That is what you are and I believe the key to recovery from pain is by treating the person, not the body part.