Discover more about how Osteopathy can help you live a pain-free life.
Osteopathy is commonly thought of as something to help with
back and neck pain but it can be used to treat other acute and chronic pain as
well as a range of conditions such as headaches, IBS, allergies and gynaecological problems.
The role of Osteopathy focuses on but is not limited to the treatment and rehabilitation of pains in the muscles and joints, and is very commonly thought of for pain in the back or neck.
People often ask is Osteopathy safe. You will be pleased to hear that the answer is a resounding yes. The side effect after treatment is sometimes soreness and aching which can last a few days, but these side effects are minor.
As a primary care profession Osteopathy can be used to help treat other conditions beside that of back pain, muscles, and joints such as osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, other conditions that are treatable include headaches, menstrual disorders, nerve pains such as Sciatica.
The skill of an Osteopath is one of blending a number of different manual techniques to help improve skeletal function according to the diagnosis. There are many areas of back pain that can be treated including severe middle back pain.
As an Osteopath in Woking & North London, I treat many people from all walks of life, and treat both acute and chronic back pain or any other form of painful joint or muscle. For example people often experience back pain after exercise or exertion and Osteopathic treatment can help somebody recover quickly to get back to the activities whether at high level or just recreational quickly.
An osteopath is able to blend different manual techniques to
help improve skeletal function and can help someone recover quickly. Some forms
of osteopathy you may have heard of include:
Myofascial release: Where soft tissue is manipulated,
stretched and released often a prequel to:
Joint mobilisation: Joints are moved through a range
of motion to enhance general mobility and to help stretch joints
Muscle Energy Techniques: A force is applied against
a patient’s active force and which can help reduce muscle tension
Strain/Counter strain: Where tension around a joint
is reduced by putting a joint in a position of maximum ease
However Osteopathy is best known for the treatment of spinal conditions such as low back pain, and neck pain. This can happen throughout life and for a multitude of reasons, such as lifting, accidents, poor posture, worn joints and disc problems to name just a few.
Currently the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), recommends both Osteopathy and Acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain.