Beginners Guide To Osteopathy

In this guide Osteopath Daniel Cohen, explains everything you need to know about Osteopathy.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is both a system of diagnosis and treatment, designed to alter tension and strain within the body’s structure. 

Osteopaths treat the body to restore a state of balance which is required for optimum health. Like Physiotherapy and Chiropractic, Osteopathy uses gentle and non-invasive manual techniques. These techniques aim to improve the mobility of joints, tension within muscles and increase the blood supply and nerve function.

The focus area of your treatment is dependent on your clinician and ailment. Treatments can vary from soft tissue work, stretching and movement, cranial techniques or spinal mobilisation. The reason for this variation is often due to what your clinician favours or deems the most beneficial for your condition. 

What can I expect from the treatment?

Each Osteopath approaches a new patient and their problem on an individual basis, taking into account their history, habits, and own understanding of their pain as it relates to them.

One of the key aspects of the way we deliver Osteopathy at Pure Sports Medicine is our emphasis on keeping the patient moving. Whilst treatment, rest, and time can be helpful from a pain relief perspective, that success is likely to be short lived because although you may now be pain-free you’re likely to be:

  • Slightly weaker from not using your body
  • Slightly stiffer from the lack of movement (this has implications on blood flow and joint mobility )
  • Unaware of how to prevent future problems

Our aim is to treat patients where needed, but get them off the treatment table sooner rather than later. This can be achieved with posture, lifestyle, and specifically targeted exercise advice.

We want you to understand your condition, how to manage it and the road to recovery so you feel involved in the process. Research shows that educating patients on the mechanics and psychology of pain plays a big part in recovery – particularly in the instance of chronic pain. 

How do I know if Osteopathy is right for me?

Many conditions can be aided with Osteopathy, however, this will be determined for certain at your initial consultation. By looking at your medical history, performing a thorough examination and discussing with you, if appropriate, your management plan, your clinician will be able to advise you if you need further examinations or if another avenue of treatment is more suitable.

Benefits of Osteopathy:

Osteopaths may be able to help you with the management of some of the issues listed below. This help may come in the form of treatment, advice, or an appropriate referral .

  • Acute or chronic low back pain
  • Neck and shoulder problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint / muscle / ligament  pain
  • Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic)
  • Hip / pelvic problems
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Postural problems
  • Digestion problems

Please do get in touch if you are not sure if osteopathy can help you.