I am going to begin this article with my own philosophy on different physical therapy disciplines.
I am from an osteopathic background, having been a senior lecturer at the Northern school of osteopaths . I have worked with physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and manipulative therapists .
From my experience, no discipline is any better than the other, and it is reliant on the individual skill and dexterity of the practitioner that determines the outcome of our treatments. A huge spoonful of love for the art they practice is paramount, along with a genuine care for patient outcomes that divides the great practitioner from the mediocre one.
We must always be on the lookout for new techniques that we can learn to give our patients our very best, and we must be prepared to acquire from each others learned skills.
This brings me to a favourite technique of mine, namely Mc Timoney chiropractic.
I was very fortunate to have employed and worked alongside two very good Mc Timoney chiropractors, and we would spend days teaching each other our respective techniques.
I would teach them an area from an osteopathic point of view, and they would teach me the Mc Timoney approach to the same area.
From my point of view, osteopathic manipulations are about restoring movement, and Mc Timoney is about re-aligning the vertebrae. Of course this is a generalisation, and there is some overlap.
In my own practice, I find that I can use Mc Timoney to treat elderly patients, particularly cervical areas where sidebending may be contraindicated. The Mc Timoney technique is also safe to use in all but very few cervically contraindicated cases.
I use The Mc Timoney techniques for re-aligning the pelvis almost exclusively. They are less traumatic to the patient, and very accurate if used well.
I will often use an osteopathic technique on other areas of the spine, and then use Mc Timoney technique to perform subtle adjustments to re-align the vertebrae.
There are the occasional post-graduate courses run in this absorbing technique for osteopaths and physical therapists, and my advice is to look for one and learn this amazing tool for your practice.
copyright Dr Les Bailey 2012
About Dr Les Bailey phd,DO, acopm.apta(int part)
Direct phone number 07801418080
Dr Les Bailey began in physical therapies in 1981,qualifying in remedial massage,and going on to qualify as an osteopath.
He gained his phd from OIUCM for his thesis on the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
He was awarded a teaching/lecturing diploma at the northern school of osteopaths in 1993.
He also holds a diploma in foot biomechanics .
Dr Les Bailey works from his clinic near woodmansterne, Banstead in surrey.
A clinician with over 30 years experience who has worked in many clinics across the UK as well as in Kalubowila Hospital in Sri Lanka. I have been senior osteopathic lecturer at the Northern college of osteopaths teaching osteopathic technique and lecturing on rheumatic spectrum diseases and contraindications to treatment as well as teaching at sequoia college in Cardiff (Remedial massage, acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain, manipulative therapy, advanced manipulative therapy, ayurvedic head massage, anatomy and physiology, differential diagnosis, NVQ preparation, orthotic prescription. I taught all of the above to professional level.
- Andrew still college osteopaths diploma 1983
- Qualified osteopathy 1993 northern college of osteopaths (DO).
- Awarded teaching/lecturer diploma northern college of osteopaths 1993 where I was a senior lecturer for 3 years.
- remedial massage diploma first awarded 1981 (London academy of massage and physical culture)
- Phd awarded by thesis from OIUCM 2009 for research into plantar fasciitis
- Awarded lifetime membership medicina alternativa 1992
- Awarded the fellowship international lasertherapy association 1994
- Diploma in manipulative medical science 1991 (medicina alternativa)
- Former adviser on standards in therapy at the institute of complimentary medicine.
- Certificate in acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain control 1995
- Diploma in biomechanics DipBmec,college of foot health practitioners 2008
- Author of "the laymans guide to foot and heel pain”, 1st edition 2005, final 3rd edition 2010
- Registered with ACOPM and APTA (international partner)