More Than Just Back Pain. How Can Osteopathy Help You?

We are often faced with the question – how can osteopathy help? It is generally accepted that osteopathy is an effective way to treat back pain. And while this is true, osteopathy as a principle can offer so much more than just that.

Osteopathy can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including pain (especially stress related pain), the inability to relax, as well as improving your general health. Patients come from all backgrounds and include children as well as older people.

Practitioners are trained to find the right course of treatment for the individual. Different techniques may be used from one person to another, as osteopathy uses a patient-centred approach to healthcare.

What Is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Practitioners work to restore the body to a state of balance without the use of more invasive medical interventions, such as drugs and surgery.

Osteopathic techniques involve articulating and stretching a person’s muscles and joints to help improve mobility, circulation and healing. An osteopath will ask questions about your problem and general health to better understand your body.

Treatment focuses on long-term resolution of your problem rather than quick fixes. Practitioners will provide advice and exercise (if needed) for a patient to use outside of the practice setting. These self-help measures are to assist recovery and prevent symptoms from coming back or getting worse.

Osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law. A person can only call themselves an osteopath if they are registered with the General Osteopathic Council, which sets high standards of practice and conduct.

How Can Osteopathy Help?

Through sessions with an osteopath and ongoing management of symptoms, you can drastically benefit from treatment. Improved body function, an increase in energy levels and improved mobility can all help you to live a healthier life.

On top of this, you could benefit in other ways that you might not expect. For example, more restful sleep and a reduction in stress levels will help a patient to feel happier and healthier, leading to improved wellbeing.

Osteopathic practitioners look deeper into your health and identify areas that need addressing, which you may not have considered before. By recognising these problems, osteopaths can offer appropriate treatment to help aid your recovery as quickly as possible.

What Is Osteopathy Used For?

In general, people think that osteopathy is for helping conditions that affect the  muscles, bones and joints. Whilst this is true, and we do treat all areas of the body safely and effectively, osteopathy can be used for much more than treating physical symptoms.

We use osteopathic techniques to alleviate the physical effects of mental stresses and to improve general wellbeing. Here we outline the conditions that osteopathy can help with.

Osteopathy for Pain Relief

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Probably the most commonly known use of osteopathy is to help relieve pain and discomfort. This can include joint pain, stiffness, headaches, fibromyalgia and minor sports injuries such as tennis elbow or frozen shoulder.

Osteopathic practitioners will talk to you about the factors that may be causing your pain. They will then ask you to make simple movements so they can observe your posture and mobility.

Using hands-on therapy, osteopathic practitioners will use stretching and massaging to encourage blood flow and relax muscles. These appointments, along with long term advice for self-care, will help to get your body back to health.

Osteopathy for Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety can affect many parts of your body. They are often overlooked as a possible cause of physical pain but recurring stress can be a contributing factor to chronic pain within the body.

Practitioners will talk to you about all areas of your health story and identify what factors are contributing to your health problem. Leaving stress unchecked can affect your mental and physical health.

When the body is under constant stress, your muscles can remain tense for long periods of time. Muscles become painful when they are restricted in mobility and have a reduced blood flow. Osteopaths work to gently release the tension through gentle physical articulation and stretching.

They may then also recommend self-help activities such as breathing techniques. Stress and anxiety need to be managed in the long-term so practitioners will provide tips for ongoing self-care too.

Osteopathy for General Health and Wellbeing

An important aspect of osteopathic principles is that ‘structure and function are interdependent’. Osteopaths will consider all relevant parts of your health history, including the physical, emotional and social environment.

While many people agree that physical symptoms can affect a person mentally, some may not realise that other areas can be disrupted too. Osteopathy can be used to help people start moving, improve digestion, get better sleep and feel more relaxed.

With their holistic view, osteopaths identify whether there is a connection between your health problems and provide safe treatment through an individualised management plan. Regular treatment can help keep your body more comfortable.

Osteopathy for Chronic Pain Management

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Chronic pain refers to persistent pain that carries on for more than four to six months. Long-term pain is most likely to be caused by functional changes in the nervous system relating to previous trauma or emotional factors.

Having symptoms of chronic pain can have a huge impact on your life. Osteopaths are here to give you the tools and treatment to reduce your pain.

Many long term conditions can be influenced by stress or trauma. Practitioners will seek to find out if other factors are underlying the condition. From there, they will put together an individualised plan for the patient with osteopathic treatment and ongoing advice.

Osteopathy for Children’s Health

Many parents ask us how osteopathy can help their children. A wide variety of conditions can be treated in young people of all ages, from babies to children and teenagers.

Babies can have tension in their bodies, leading to discomfort and difficulties with digestion. Osteopaths are trained in their sense of touch. They will use this training to identify and correct limitations within a child through gentle treatment.

Children and teenagers can also benefit from osteopathy with everything from aches and pains to anxiety related tension. Osteopathy can help relieve tension in soft tissues and find management techniques, tailored to suit each individual child.

How Osteopathy For All Can Help You

At Osteopathy For All, we use the mindbody approach with all our patients. We understand that physical and mental health are interdependent and use this approach in our treatment.

We take the time to talk through your concerns to better understand the issue and any other underlying problems. Working with you, we are passionate about finding the right course of treatment to suit you individually.

Our team of registered osteopaths are trained to provide gentle care in a holistic way. We specialise in identifying, understanding, treating and preventing issues on a person by person basis.

 

We offer consultations and continue to support our clients and the wider community with osteopathic services. Visit our appointments page, call us on 01825 840582 or email hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk to speak to the team.