Osteopathy uses ‘hands-on’ techniques to influence the way the body works. It is seen as a form of manual medicine which can influence various systems of the body towards a more efficient and holistic state of health. Your osteopath will use highly developed skills of palpation (feeling) to examine and find areas of stress, strain or weakness in the body and after making a diagnosis, treat specific areas relating to your complaint.
Most people come to see osteopaths because they are in physical pain. Osteopathic treatment is for everyone from young to old, to all family members and can help with a wide and varied range of conditions including:
Osteopathy can help patients to cope, adapt and recover better, making a good recovery and learning how to help themselves during times of stress or anxiety, especially if ir begins to impact their physical wellbeing (i.e muscle ache and tension, sleep disturbances, tiredness and lethargy, postural tension).
Alleviating muscle tension with soft-tissue work/massage and stretching techniques restores normal tone to the muscle. This allows more blood flow and less restriction through the muscle and helps with reducing pain. Educating patients about mindfulness may also help with the management of the stress-induced physical pain.
In addition, there is the therapeutic effect of touch itself, which tends to calm and relax us – patients often report feeling very relaxed after treatment – and the sense of regaining some control having taken action to improve one’s sense of wellbeing by having a treatment.