Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. An osteopathic physician will focus on the joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
- Osteopathy uses a drug-free, non-invasive form of manual medicine that focuses on the health of the whole body, not just the injured or affected part
- Osteopathy focuses on treating the root cause of the issue, and not just the symptom
- Osteopathy believes that the body is One Unit and that every system in the body is interdependent. Hence treating the whole body is an approach they believe in.
- Osteopathic intervention can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, digestive issues, and postural problems
- Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms
It uses manual ‘hands-on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered bio-mechanics, without the use of drugs. An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and well-being. An initial consultation will take place before any active treatment or management begins.
During this consultation, the osteopathic physician will discuss the patient’s health problems, listen, and take case notes. The session will last approximately 45 minutes. The patient will be asked to demonstrate simple stretches and movements to help the osteopathic physician make an accurate analysis of their posture and mobility.
The doctor will also assess the health of the joints, ligaments, and tissues, using a highly trained technique of touch known as palpation. The osteopathic physician will propose a treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs. This will include the number of sessions likely to be needed, although this number may change depending on the patient’s response to treatment.
Osteopathy emphasises self-healing, so an osteopathic physician may also advise dietary changes, home exercise programs, and lifestyle adjustments. The manipulation and hands-on work are gentle, but due to the physical work being carried out, a patient of osteopathy may feel sore for the first 24 to 48 hours.
Osteopathy can treat a wide range of conditions however, just to name a few that work it helps most with:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Digestive issues like- IBS, Chron’s, Acidity, Constipation, Indigestion, Acid Reflux
- Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Panic Disorder
- Migraines, regular Head aches, Sinusitis
- Spine Health- Slip Disc, Disc Bulge, Spina Bifida, Spinal Stenosis, Radiculopathy, Spondylolisthesis
- Pain conditions- Lower back Pain, Upper back Pain, Stiffness in the spine, Neck pain, Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Osteopathy benefits from a lot of conditions including these, with just the help of mobilisation and gentle manipulation creating more space and health for the body to repair and heal itself.
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