Osteopathy, What is it? How will it help me and How does it benefit me?
Updated: Oct 17, 2017
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to improving health across all body systems. It is a non-invasive and drug-free manual technique to improve blood and lymphatic circulation whilst also correcting altered bio-mechanics. An osteopathic physician heals the body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework of the body (joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, the spine).
Osteopathy treatment focuses on improving the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems of human body. Both diagnosis and treatment are carried out manually and it serves as a complementary therapy for people undergoing conventional treatment or those seeking alternative treatment. Osteopathy is aimed at increasing overall health and well-being.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a term used to describe the diagnosing and treating of health conditions using various manual techniques. These techniques include massage, mobilisations, manipulations (high and low velocity thrust), stretching, harmonic techniques and neural stretching. Both our osteopaths at Body Solve are also qualified in dry needling and kinesiotaping.
What are the Health Benefits of Osteopathy?
Osteopathy can improve the well-being of the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular systems. It can be used in treating a wide range of illnesses including:
Lower limb pain; foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain
Upper limb pain: hand, shoulder, and elbow pain (including tennis and golfer's elbow)
Neck and back pain
Sciatica and neuralgia
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Postural problems during pregnancy
Postural problems following sports injury or accident
Occupational strains, aches and injuries.
Why should we have osteopathy treatment?
Due to advance in technology there has been an increase in sedentary lifestyle with the average person spending over 10 hours in front of a screen daily. This leads to an increased number of people with poor posture and musculoskeletal problems. Though many will people will approach an osteopathic physician when these problems have already set in, but preventive treatment is also possible. An osteopathic physician can be of great help in pinpointing potential sources of referred pain early, thereby preventing a major health problem/condition occurring. An osteopathic physician may also suggest dietary modifications, exercise rehabilitations, lifestyle advice and guidance whilst teaching appropriate posture while sitting, walking and standing. The osteopathic physician can also refer the patient to a Medical doctor when conventional treatment may be required.
To prevent and treat pains
An osteopathic physician may also teach you techniques to improve posture and reduce pain. These may include;
· Stretching exercises
· Lifting techniques
· Correcting poor posture
· Proper breathing techniques
· Stress reduction techniques
· Rehabilitation techniques to reduce muscle imbalances
An osteopathic physician also can teach you about proper lifestyle changes that can improve your health and reduce the ongoing health risks and costs. By preventing injury you will have more opportunity for activity, less downtime and ability to enjoy the benefits of healthful living.
To improve sleep
Insomnia can reduce your ability to cope with work, reduce your ability to function properly and reduce the opportunity for your body to heal itself. Having osteopathy and reducing your pain levels can help improve your sleep if your pain causes you to suffer with insomnia and restlessness.
Other body systems
Osteopathic treatments can improve overall body function and health due to the positive impact it has on the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Osteopathic treatments may enhance our health and bring about internal improvements in the body system without needing drugs or invasive surgical treatment.
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