Posted 6/28/2004 10:42 PM (GMT -7)
I have frequent neck pain and headaches and occasional full blown migraines for years, I tried 3 different chiropractors in the US but none of them did anything for me, actually one of them made it worse! I have no underlying conditions driving my headaches and have been told its my neck problems that initiate the headaches. Does anyone else get a sore or stiff neck before developing a migraine?
When I was in the UK I went to see an Osteopath on a friends recommendation, the difference in treatment was remarkable, the Doctor spent over 30 minutes with me and was extremely professional, very gentle and didn't try to sign me up for endless treatments! Even after my first treatment my headache cleared, my neck pain was completely gone after the third and FINAL treatment, I couldn't believe the difference. My symptoms stayed away for nearly 6 months.
Now, I'm sure there are good and bad practitioners in any form of medicine but when I tried to find an Osteopath in the US none of them seemed to be able to work in the same way or even like a chiropractor, Why is that? Why aren't Osteopathic Doctors in the US trained in the same way as in Europe? I got so desperate to find a good osteo in the US I rang the fellow in Britain, he told me Osteopaths in the US are more like traditional doctors and that there are many more Osteopaths in Europe than Chiro's. If the Osteopaths in Britain are so much better than chiro's and Osteo's here why can't we train our therapists like the Europeans? They were also much less expensive and far more effective than the chiro's here.
My Osteopath in the UK suggested I try using a sort of pillow thing called an SOS headache reliever for my headaches, but I found out that until recently they were only made and sold in the UK and Australia. I got one sent to me all the way from Australia and it has helped my headaches far more than seeing a chiropractor. It seems to me that we in the US are falling behind our friends in the UK and even Australia! Why don't we look more into the approaches of other countries and learn and develop the best treatments we can find? For anyone who is interested the SOS headache relievers can be bought now from this site, I don't know how to paste a link so here is the text www.healthmaker.info
Can anyone answer why we don't do more clinical trials and development for the many types of physical therapies that exist overseas? and does anyone know of a european trained Osteopath working in the US? (CA)