Osteopathy: Did You Know it Treats Pain Wherever It Is?

Osteopathy

Many people are aware that osteopathy can be successful at treating back pain but were you aware that osteopathy can also be effective at treating many other aches, pains and injuries?

You may not know that the prefix ‘osteo’ comes from the Greek word for bone and ‘pathy’ which means suffering, disease or disorder. This description can be in reference to a wide variety of ailments and as such osteopathy has a diverse number of applications. It acts as a safe, natural and gentle form of treatment which focuses on releasing the tensions in the muscles and joints and tissues.

Here are some other examples of how osteopathic treatment can be helpful.

Headaches or Migraineswoman with headache

If you have been experiencing sharp and recurring headaches, your neck may actually be the real cause even if your neck seems to be pain free.

Your osteopath is trained in effectively assessing and treating headaches that are a result of neck injury. They will be able to use a combination of techniques to help gently manipulate the joints and muscles around your neck which can prove be far more effective than medicated relief as the consistent use of pain relief medication can often be the cause of headaches in the first place.

Arthritis

arthritis handsArthritis is inflammation and degeneration of the joints which can be particularly painful and unrelenting. Different parts of the body can be affected such as the pelvis, hip and back and these can often have an impact on each other. For example an arthritic hip can cause problems with posture which can then put pressure on the knee.

Osteopathic treatment does not by any means cure the actual arthritis but what it can do is help reduce the pain and improve the range of movement in the joint to help make the pain less noticable.

Tennis or golfer’s elbow

tennis elbow
In other words, a repetitive strain injury in the extensor muscles of the forearm. This type of injury is usually caused by improper technique (sorry if that’s not what you wanted to hear!)
Your osteopath can help not only diagnose the injury but can also provide you with a course of treatment in order to relax the muscles in the forearm, in the form of massage. They will also be able to provide you with some exercises that will help stretch and strengthen the forearm too. You will be back in the swing of things in no time!

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These are just some examples of the aches and pains your osteopath can help diagnose and treat. If you’d like to speak to someone then give your Oast osteopath a call today on 01795 43 77 10 or contact us here

 

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What is Osteopathy?

 

OsteoMassage 1pathy is a holistic manual therapy that treats all patients as individuals. It dosn’t just address the symptoms, it evaluates all aspects of a presenting condition, looking for the cause.  Osteopaths believe that symptoms often hide the underlying cause of disease.

By looking at the relationship between the bodies structure and function (the joints, muscles, ligaments, bones and connective tissue), Osteopaths are able to assess the whole pattern of aches, pains and general health problems.

Any change to the structure of the body will affect the function within its organs and tissues. Compensations gradually build up and forces alter the function of the body, creating strains on the body tissues and affecting joint mobility. Gradually the body becomes under more strain and it may break down at the weakest part – even as a result of something quite minor. Headaches, for example, may result from a lower back or foot-related problem of which the patient may not even be aware. Osteopathic patients benefit because the underlying cause of the problem is treated.

Osteopathy restores normal movement in areas that have become dysfunctional. This allows for the restoration of normal function and enables the tissues to repair themselves more naturally.

While immediate pain relief is an important consideration, the final aim of Osteopathy is to get patients well and to maintain their well being.