Osteopathy is a “Holistic” and “Natural Medicine” treatment. 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 the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Osteopathy Manual Therapy and Pain Management
What does an Osteopath do?
Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and well-being.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilization or manipulation of joints.
What Does an Osteopath Treat?
Osteopaths treat more than you think!
Aches, Pains, Posture Problems — Osteopathy can help.
In fact, it’s used to treat everything from insomnia to fibromyalgia.
Many patients find the treatment methods used by Osteopaths to be highly Relaxing. So, if you find yourself overly stressed and in need of relaxation, you might consider visiting an Osteopath as a form of stress relief. The holistic nature of Osteopathy means that your Osteopath will probably advice you on how to improve your posture.
Osteopathic treatment should be considered if you find that you have low energy levels, have trouble relaxing or problems sleeping.
Many people find that they feel more alert and have higher energy levels whilst they are undertaking Osteopathic treatment.
This is due to the fact that Osteopathy will enhance the efficiency of your whole body (by improving the blood flow, lymphatic system and nervous system).
Conditions that can benefit from Osteopathic Treatment:
- Headaches: Migraine & Tension
- Spinal Issues: Back Pain, Neck Pain
- Hyperkyphosis, Hyperlordosis, Scoliosis
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis
- Joint Dysfunction: Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Ankle, etc
- Frozen Shoulder, Rotator Cuff Problems, Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow
- Nerve Pain: Sciatica and Disk Problems, Tingling and Numbness
- Difficult Digestion, Acid Reflux, Constipation
- Sport Injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
Osteopathic treatment includes manual techniques such as:
- Myo-Fascial Release (MFR),
- Therapeutic Stretch,
- Muscle Energy Technique (MET),
- Positional Release,
- Visceral Release,
- Fluid Techniques (Lymphatic, Vascular, CSF) and
- Cranial Osteopathy.
A thorough history and assessment enables an intelligent treatment approach that is directed at the systems which are primarily responsible for the dysfunction. Treating the cause of dysfunction and pain is what makes Osteopathy so effective.
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