VASCO: The Salgaocar Medical Research Centre (SMRC) V M Salgaocar Hospital, Chicalim-Vasco has opened SALT Health Solutions Osteopathy Clinic, and it is getting a wide response from the people in and around Goa.
SALT is an innovative healthcare team based in Australia. The team members are working to change the allied healthcare landscape in India and Australia.
They send experienced teams of Australian osteopathic practitioners and other allied health interns for placements at the hospitals with an aim of providing sustainable solutions to the healthcare problems in India.
SALT has been successfully working with Dr Anant Joshi, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon at Sportsmed in Mumbai since 2013.
Dr Michael Kelly and Dr Alinta Barnes, who are the experts in osteopathy and have worked under the guidance of Dr Joshi in Mumbai, said that osteopathy is a unique holistic approach to healthcare.
“The SALT Health Solutions Osteopathy Clinic is a first-of-its-kind in Goa and second-of-its-kind in India,” said Dr Kelly.
“It is a form of drug-free, non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework which includes joints, muscles and spine,” he said.
He said that it aims to positively affect the body’s lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems, adding that in addition to treating various types of pain, osteopathy is an effective measure for correcting postural problems and restoring balance to prevent falls.
“It does not involve any surgery or medication,” he further added.
“Osteopathy is used as a preventive measure as well as a healing and rehabilitation process. Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints. It requires 5 years of full time study at a recognised university to become an osteopath – a degree and master’s qualification. Osteopathy can benefit people of all age groups and all walks of life,” he added.
Dr Barnes said that osteopathy helps treat people having back, neck, elbow and wrist pain resulting from poor posture, besides those having joint pains, and also pregnant women whose positioning and alignment of the spine has been disturbed during or after pregnancy.
She said that osteopathy is effective among the older people, and helps reduce stiffness of joints, better balancing and prevent falls. It also is helpful in children as corrective/preventive measures to improve posture and counter ailments in the future.
“The sportsmen also can avail the treatment for sports injuries such as sprains and strains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, injuries resulting from overuse and muscle imbalances, and reduction of risk of future injury”, she added.
Osteopathy is very much effective in performance enhancement for anyone who wants to build stamina for walking, running, bicycling or sports.
Spondylitis and slip disc besides conditions of the nervous system such as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, tremor, carpal tunnel syndrome and neuralgia can be treated using osteopathy.
Osteopaths are experts in assessing gait (walking) patterns. The assessment can tell the person what he needs to do to make him stronger and less likely to fall. This means osteopaths treat one so that he or she are evenly weighted on both feet, and suggest exercises to correct any muscular imbalances.
In addition to osteopathic services, SALT Health Solutions are concentrating on building their team in India to include various other specialties.
Over the course of the year, several experts will visit India to treat patients in their respective fields.
The other fields covered by SALT Health Solutions are exercise physiology (examination of the impact of exercise on the body to help improve fitness levels and prevent injuries), physiotherapy (rehabilitation to improve functionality and mobility following an injury or surgery) and podiatry (treatment of ailments concerning the foot, ankle and leg, paediatric ailments and diabetic care).