Professionalism in Healthcare is part  of our Osteopathic Practice Standards  where we must deliver safe and ethical healthcare by interacting with professional colleagues and others in a respectful and timely manner.    My Colleagues, myself and the Practice appreciate the servicing of our electrotherapy equipment by Patterson Medical 


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For example one day the shockwave pellet got slightly jammed in its container – as patient who had been a double shoulder fracture which meant she was in severe pain for months unable to sleep while her Consultant waited to see if her double fracture would heal or require surgery.  Her Shoulder Consultant did not allow her to have any intense exercise loading or rehabilitation as she was at high risk of shoulder surgery.  For various reasons she was unable to take any strong pain killers She was rather upset to see the shockwave therapy out of action for 24 hours. 

Shoulder surgery due to the site of her double fractures Glenohumeral and shaft carried high risk of complications so using gentle hands on principles of gentle osteopathic myofascial  hands on release approaches and low dose shockwave therapy for healing and pain reduction, under the observation of her Consultant.   She was developing the signs of frozen shoulder but unable to exercise due to risks of non-union healing  it was decided to allow her to try her low dose shockwave therapy The outcome has been good – no surgery, full range of movement restored by using the shockwave therapy instead of loading exercises which due to the delicate slow healing of her double fractures of her glenohumeral joint and shaft and stiffness pain could have been a non -union which would have required surgery, metal plates and screws    For research in on going into the diversity of shockwave therapy in the hospitals 


For the future  one hopes for doctors, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals will  have access to shockwave therapy combined with all their other skills in the NHS

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Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762