The Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment
There are so many different treatments out there for different complaints and ailments so why should you choose Osteopathy? Osteopathy believes in “treating the patient, not the disease”, looking at your body as a whole and as an individual. The principle is that all body parts are interconnected and the function of one part of the body is dependant on another.
Through osteopathy you can remove the underlying cause of pain. Pain is reduced as is stiffness in muscles and joints. You can increase the range of motions in the joints and treat spinal problems due to poor posture or spinal disk injuries. Through non-invasive treatment you can relieve chronic pain. This is achieved by decreasing the stress on joints and relieving tension in the body, including tension headaches and migraines.
Another benefit of osteopathy is the ability to adapt the hormonal and structural change in pregnancy. It can also help reduce scaring and adhesions and treat trauma resulting from accidents such as those through sports and motor vehicles injuries.
Suffer from a chronic illness such as asthma, arthritis, IBS etc? Your osteopath will be able to treat and alleviate your symptoms (even if unable to cure the disease itself). This will be huge benefit if your illness is making it difficult for you to go about your normal day to day life.
Osteopathy also has the amazing ability to encourage the body to heal itself. It will increase circulation and reduce blood pressure. Osteopathy also has the benefits of prevention. If you have recently recovered from an injury or condition, osteopathy can help the reoccurrence of the problem.
Many people are under the assumption that osteopaths just deal with your bones and muscles, or your back and neck. However, as you can see osteopathy can in fact be used to deal with a whole range of ailments. The treatment primarily deals with mechanical problems within the neuro-muscular-skeletal system. This includes your ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles and nerves. Basically, if you have an area of your body that hurts when you move it, osteopathic treatment is likely to benefit you.
Osteopathic treatment can be extremely gentle and can also be very relaxing. Whilst allowing you the time to think about your mind and body, the consultations are extremely relaxing and can help to reduce stress by increasing your body efficiency, such as your blood flow, nerve supply and immune system.
During your initial consultation at Bodilight, our one of our Osteopaths will consider your symptoms, the nature of the condition and your general health as well as any concerns you may have. The treatment plan will be explained to you by our Osteopath, who will only proceed once you have given consent. Treatments may include a range of stretches, massage and manipulation techniques. You may be advised of some further exercises to do and some alterations to your lifestyle related to posture, heavy lifting etc. The number of treatments required will vary depending on the problem and conditions associated.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners, like doctors. You do not need a referral from your GP, unless you choose to use medical insurance you may have. Please feel free to contact Bodilight if you are unsure whether your problem is amenable to osteopathy and we can advise you.
Sophie Chalklen blogger