Back and joint pain centre caterham
Rumours of a malicious indecent assault allegation and why it is nothing of the sort. Dr Les Bailey
Back and joint pain centre caterham Dr Les Bailey
Physical therapists, osteopaths, masseurs and chiropractors work on the human musculoskeletal system and their work involves hand to body techniques all day every day, and, sadly, this is a work that involves a great risk of mistaken intent as the therapist works on bared skin.
It is sadly true that many practitioners work over clothed bodies, but this is a very limiting approach as one misses much observation of the patients frame, and is nigh on impossible if acupuncture or massage is carried out effectively.
One expert witness who works in this field told me he has up to 7 plus court cases at a time to do with practitioners accused of varying types of indecent assault, some genuine and most false or mistaken. It is unfortunate that the vast majority of these practitioners have their names dragged through the mud, when a little research and common sense at the outset would have seen these cases halted before court cases and resultant loss of credibility in the community occurred for the innocent practitioners.
It is true that there are practitioners who do genuinely offend, but that behaviour is something I find puzzling. In my own 38 years of practice, I have become immune to female patients in states of undress, and I know the vast majority of practitioners are the same. Our treatment rooms are our sacred places where our focus is on muscles, ligaments, joints and tendons, and sexual thought could not be further away from our minds.
A good analogy of this is the Ferrari mechanic, who, although he may have his own Ferrari, does not get excited every day when he fixes other peoples, and just gets down to the job. He is so used to the cars, it is just routine.
So, despite the caterham rumour trail, here is the truth behind what really happened to create this sandstorm.
A patient I have treated many times before, calls me in awful pain. She is 3 months pregnant, is generally hyper mobile, and pregnancy has made the hyper mobility worse.
She has lower back pain and a raging pain from the symphysis pubis joint (at the front). During pregnancy and during birth, right through to post pregnancy, misalignment of this joint can cause untold pain and problems.
I rapidly corrected the lower back and then assessed the symphysis pubis. The usual common problem in this region is that one side of it generally raises, which accounts for 80-90% of cases, but in lesser cases, one side sinks or lowers. One cannot tell whether it is the case that one has sunk or one has risen out of alignment. Therefore I used three different techniques to try to lower the suspected high side, but this was to no avail, proving that it was the other side that had sunk.
I carefully explained that the only real way to raise this back into alignment is to go via the vaginal opening and lift it back to its correct position. I said I would fully understand if she did not want this carried out, but she knew me well and I carried out the procedure in around 8 seconds.
Now believe me when I say this technique is not sensual in any way and involves observing the patients face for pain as the sunken side of the symphysis pubis is pulled up with some force (Although I do my best to minimise any discomfort).
I then used ultrasound to heal the groin pain where she had compensated for the symphysis pubis pain.
As she stood up afterwards, she was so genuinely happy the pain had gone and thanked me profusely. ( I love this part of my job, seeing my patients so relieved of severe pain)
Then 2 weeks later the police arrive and say she has made an allegation that the highly successful manipulation I carried out (as a very last resort) was misconstrued by her as indecent assault??????????
Apparently She had phoned other clinics locally to be told this was not normal treatment! Why would the Osteopath's in the area say this? I shall tell you.
I have a great disdain for the way Osteopath's are trained nowadays, and this was the reason many of us old school practitioners defected from the general osteopathic council, not caring to use or be associated with the title of osteopath. The poor graduates leave college with a vastly inferior training to that which us old school graduates had. In short, these practitioners had never even heard of these type of techniques, a state which many defectors like myself find a disgraceful state of affairs For their patients who pay hard earned money for their services.
I learned this amazing last resort technique over 35 years ago, and although I only use it maximum twice in a year, my patients in severe pain am sure glad the old school practitioners know how to use it when all else fails. I taught this technique to my own students when I was senior lecturer at the northern school of osteopaths in the early 1990's.
I am not angry at her for doing this, and knowing her as I do from treating her a lot over the years, i still maintain she is a lovely warm lady, who, in my opinion, has been misguided into doing this by an outside party, backed up by information from practitioners who have not a clue what they are advising her about, and any real anger is at the general osteopathic council for bringing about this dumbing down culture the modern osteopath is thrown into.
In other words, it is you, the patient who is losing out by the wealth of incredible techniques now lost to osteopathy.
Whatever the outcome of this circus, I can hold my head high and say I did what I not only thought was right, but what transpired by it's very results proved I was right.
Dr Les Bailey, back and joint pain
Dr Les Bailey