Can osteopathy help the mind as well as the body?

For many, osteopathy is perceived to be a manual therapy that is designed solely to help patients with pain and to move better. However, the truth is that osteopathy takes a lot more into consideration, by helping people to develop a healthy bodily environment across all parts of the anatomy, including the mind.

It is widely known that osteopathy helps patients to increase movement and reduce restriction which in turn helps to ease congestion, inflammation and disease. But how can that play a part in our mental health and wellness?

This article explores the question: can osteopathy help the mind as well as the body?

The answer is surprisingly simple.

Overall health is multifaceted. Therefore, the solutions to provide sustained good health should be too.

Within our bodies, the physical, chemical and emotional are all interlinked. Using osteopathic techniques to provide our bodies the right environment it needs to perform, can result in a reduction in overall stress. This reduction in stress will lead to more physical ease and an increase in energy levels. Increased energy (alongside good nutrition) will give the body and mind the fuel it needs to work optimally, and the loop continues.

As with physical pain, mental ill health can be perceived as a signal that can be used to trigger action. It can be seen as a sign that something is not right and that things need to be done to fix the problem. Osteopathy doesn’t just focus on the physical but also on the mental signs.

Recognising the connection between physical and mental health

Poor physical health is often paired with many other symptoms related to mental health such as anxiety, fatigue and unhappiness.

Using anxiety as our example, those who are suffering may feel fearful and anxious in their everyday lives. This can result in other physical symptoms such as:

  • Poor posture – You may find yourself hunching forward or keeping your head down in social situations or busier environments.
  • Muscular tightness – Your muscles may become tightened or stressed throughout the day as you move between different environments and interact with people.
  • Difficulty breathing – Shorter, shallower breaths that occur during stressful situations may result in tightness in the jaw and neck or could result in prolonged and repetitive headaches.
  • Digestive issues – You may suffer from a decrease in appetite, cramping or nausea as a result of all the symptoms listed above.
  • Exhaustion – With additional strain on your whole body it is inevitable that many patients may be suffering with tiredness, fatigue or exhaustion.

This is just one example of how our mental health and wellbeing can be directly affected by and influence our physical health (and vice versa) and the same principal can be applied to many other symptoms.

Is Osteopathy the right solution for you?

Many of our patients come to us with long term symptoms, perhaps of pain and discomfort, headaches or muscular aches. By applying our understanding of the body and mind, in many cases we can identify other underlying issues that the patient may never have known had been the root cause of their symptoms.

If you feel that you have tried other avenues to ‘fix’ your problem but to no avail, then we would advise that you consider osteopathy.

We provide free evaluations to our patients, to help identify these problems first-hand. To schedule yours, simply visit the free osteopathic evaluation page on our website.

At Osteopathy For All, we specialise in identifying, understanding and treating issues that may not seem directly related to your underlying problem. By having a holistic approach to health, which sees the body as one complete mechanism that is interrelated, we help to provide longer-term solutions to our patient’s health conditions.

For more information or for advice contact us today by emailing hello@osteopathyforall.co.uk or calling 01825 840582.