Ben Ousey uses OsteoMAP as part of his treatment. Osteomap is an NHS funded initiative, developed by the British School of Osteopathy combining Mindfulness and Osteopathy for people suffering from persistent pain that cannot be alleviated by traditional or complementary therapies. Persistent pain can have a profound impact on all aspects of life, be very distressing and the consequences difficult to accept. People who can actively adapt to maintain their quality of life within the existing framework of their physical capabilities and life situation seem to report better outcomes.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to all our experiences in the present moment, non-judgmentally and with friendly curiosity. One of the central aims of Mindfulness is to be more fully awake in each moment even if it is unpleasant or not how we might wish it to be. Mindfulness can help us react differently to pain.
Using Osteomap can help people adapt to pain in more flexible and gentle and effective ways. It aims to help osteopaths promote patients’ health and function by helping them to engage more actively in improving their own well-being. This includes helping them to develop increased awareness of their own bodies and the ways in which they habitually regulate movement and activities. Patients most likely to benefit from the OsteoMAP approach are those with long-term musculoskeletal conditions that are unlikely to be fully resolved by manual therapy alone and who are willing to try a new approach.
Using Osteomap, the osteopath will help the patient develop greater awareness of their body at rest, in motion and in different everyday positions. Becoming more aware of our bodies, feelings, thoughts and impulses can open up choices to let go of habits that no longer help and free up energy to focus on the opportunities that are available to us.