1: What are the benefits of Osteopathy?
1. It boosts the self-healing power of the body, offers more
flexibility, and eases the pain due to muscle stiffness. The great
advantage of this system is that it requires minimal medicine as it
improves the natural healing powers of body and the mobility and
structural stability of the body.
In simple terms osteopathy is a whole body treatment which focuses
on the motto, ‘prevention is better than cure’. It was Andrew
Taylor, a doctor, who invented this branch of health in 1800.
Though there is specification to bones, it is a whole body
treatment. This branch of health considers the body as a whole
unit and this holistic medicine is considered as a complete
medical discipline, which treats bones, muscles, and the complete
body systems. Moreover, it is a non-invasive drug free method
which aims to strengthen the musculoskeletal frame work. The main
aim of this branch of medicine is to enhance the circulatory
system, nervous system, and lymphatic system of the body.
Nowadays this branch of healthcare has gained wide popularity as
it improves the health of the entire body. This system offers a
wide range of techniques to treat musculoskeletal issues. It is a
whole health package which can assess and treat from the tips of
toes to the top of head. Back pain, muscle strains, headaches,
tennis elbow, rib pain, leg and foot pain etc are the most common
conditions which can be cured by this treatment.
The manual and gentle hands-on technique of osteopathy can
eliminate the disturbance and pain occurred on the affected areas.
It boosts the self-healing power of the body, offers more
flexibility, and eases the pain due to muscle stiffness. The great
advantage of this system is that it requires minimal medicine as
it improves the natural healing powers of body and the mobility
and structural stability of the body. As its aim is the prevention
of diseases, it can enhance the general health and fitness of the
body. Moreover, this treatment helps one to say good bye to
Today many people are suffering from back pain and thus a good
osteopath can support people by giving instruction to prevent this
condition, by performing stretching exercises, breathing, and
stress reduction methods.
To become an osteopath physician, 4 years medical school after 4
years graduation is required. Most of the osteopathic treatments
include soft tissue stretching, which improves the blood
circulation and thereby provides more mobility to joints and
muscles. The treatment of osteopathy aims at the whole body and it
focuses on self healing, dietary and lifestyle changes and
exercises are required in order to treat the health problems. This
branch of medicine also gained wide popularity as it is safe for
children as well as adults.
2: The benefits of Osteopathic Treatment are the following: removes
the underlying cause of pain, reduces pain and stiffness in muscles
and joints, increases range of motions in the joints, treats spinal
problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries,
relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches,
3: Osteopaths treat the pain you experience in a way that considers
you as a person and your body as a whole. Osteopathic treatment can
be used to effectively reduce and cure pain in a number of different
areas including back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches,
swelling on knee, ankle sprains and feet fasciitis.
2: What should you expect on your first visit?
When visiting an osteopath for the first time, it is natural to feel a
little unsure of what to expect. The following information has been
developed to explain what happens and answer any questions you may
Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who are specifically trained
in diagnosing health issues. (To find out more about osteopaths, click
here) At the start of your first appointment, your osteopath will ask
you questions about your medical history and lifestyle, as well as any
symptoms you may be experiencing. This is very important as it will
help them to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest appropriate
They will write down what you tell them in your records. These will be
treated as confidential in accordance with standards of practice set
out by the General Osteopathic Council and the Data Protection Act
1998. If you wish, you may request a copy of your notes, but you may
be charged an administration fee for this.
Your osteopath will need to examine the area(s) of your body causing
discomfort. Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different
area to the pain, (For example, pain in your lower arm may be linked
to the nerves in your neck) so they may need to examine your whole
body. They will need to feel for any tightness in the muscles and
stiffness in the joints and may need to touch these areas to identify
problems. They will explain what they are doing as they go along.
If you are uncomfortable with any part of this, you have the right to
ask them to stop at any stage, without prejudicing your future
What to Wear
As with any healthcare appointment, it may be necessary for your
osteopath to ask you to remove some clothing. This is so they can see
and touch the areas of the body causing you concern. Your osteopath
will want you to feel at ease, therefore if you feel uncomfortable
undressing to your underwear, your osteopath may be able to suggest
wearing clothing, such as shorts and a t-shirt, or close-fitting
garments, that will enable them to work effectively, so please do
discuss this with them.
You may wish to seek treatment from an osteopath of the same sex as
yourself. You are also welcome to ask a friend or relative to
accompany you and be present throughout your appointment.
Your osteopath will make a diagnosis and discuss a course of treatment
with you. This may involve further visits for manual therapy – a range
of gentle hands on techniques that focus on releasing tension,
stretching muscles and mobilising joints. Together with exercises that
you can do at home and helpful advice designed to help you relieve or
manage your pain, keep active and maintain the best of health. They
will discuss the likely cost of this and ask for your consent to begin
Most osteopaths will begin your treatment at your first appointment,
but sometimes they may require further tests first i.e. blood tests or
scans. Occasionally they may diagnose an illness that they are unable
to treat and may refer you to your physician or another appropriate
Is Treatment Painful?
Osteopathic treatment is usually a very gentle process and osteopaths
work very hard to make treatment as painless as possible, but you may
experience some discomfort during and after treatment. Your osteopath
will warn you if they think that the technique that they are about to
use is likely to be uncomfortable and will stop if you tell them that
you are feeling too much pain.
Following treatment you may experience some mild soreness in the area
of their body that was treated, this will normally will go away within
48 hours. If you experience serious or unusual symptoms after
treatment you should contact your osteopath straight away for
We hope that you have found this information useful, if you haven’t
yet arranged an appointment with an osteopath – you can reach the
clinic by telephoning on (289) 812 5518