Back pain? Neck aches? Injured shoulder? You might think of turning to an osteopath with these problems, but osteopathy can treat so much more. Osteopathy aims to aid healing and improve health. Find out what osteopathy can treat in our guide.

Osteopathy can treat the body to improve many aspects of health

Musculoskeletal problems

Strains, sprains and injuries of the body’s muscles, ligaments and joints are the ‘bread and butter’ of osteopathic work.

Our bodies inevitably get into a bit of a pickle sometimes.

Whether it’s falling on the ski slope and twisting a knee or developing a repetitive strain injury using a laptop, we all need a bit of help sometimes.

Osteopathy can treat the stresses and strains of everyday life quickly and effectively.

Osteopaths can not only diagnose these injuries, but they can assess how restrictions, weaknesses or imbalances in other parts of the body may be making the injured area vulnerable.

That means the injury is treated at the root cause, giving long-lasting results.

Some of the injuries that osteopaths can treat include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Joint pain, including knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and wrist problems
  • Disc problems
  • Sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve pain
  • Aches and pains related to posture or work
  • Tendinopathies, such as Achilles tendinitis, jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis, and tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Jaw pain (temporomandibular joint dysfunction or TMD)

Conditions and disorders

Many conditions, diseases and disorders have a musculoskeletal component. That means that, even if the condition can’t be cured, osteopathic treatment can go a long way towards managing or even resolving the symptoms.

We often think of the muscles and bones of the body as being separate from the internal organs.

However, all parts of the body are interdependent, and internal systems rely on healthy function of the more structural elements to work well.

Musculoskeletal problems can give rise to internal issues, and vice versa.

There are many examples where you may have noticed this interdependence: the neck pain that gives you a headache; the poor posture that both limits your breathing – in turn making you prone to anxiety – and hampers good digestion; or the mid-back pain that always accompanies your heartburn.

Intervening to improve the biomechanical, nervous and circulatory aspects of many ‘internal’ disorders can relieve pain and symptoms and enable things to function as they should.

Some of the conditions that osteopaths can treat or help manage are:

  • Migraines and headaches related to the neck
  • Digestive disorders such as IBS, constipation, indigestion and heartburn
  • Respiratory problems such as asthma, sinusitis andbreathing pattern disorders
  • Chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis,scoliosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and pain associated with Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases
osteopathy can treat many conditions by improving function

Can osteopathy treat people at all stages of life?

Osteopaths have a large toolbox of techniques, so they can select the appropriate kind of treatment for people of all ages and stages.

Babies, infants and children sometimes need a helping hand to iron out issues as they develop.

Treating the musculoskeletal problems that can occur during growth involves not only hands-on treatment to ease pain and improve strength and flexibility, but also advice and guidance on what’s normal, what to expect and what to avoid.

The postural changes that come with pregnancy often result in strain to the back and pelvis, digestive and breathing difficulties, and joint pain and swelling.

Osteopaths can treat these issues by helping the body to adapt and encouraging good circulation and drainage.

And further down the line, there’s a natural level of wear and tear, stiffness and aching that tends to accompany the ageing process. But osteopathy can relieve many of these symptoms by improving circulation, mobility and balance, keeping you active and independent as you get older.

If you‘ve recently had surgery, look to your osteopath to help deal with scar tissue, mobility issues and rehabilitation. Osteopaths seek out and resolve things that might beimpeding to the body’s ability to heal, facilitating a full recovery.

Beyond physical health

The magic power of touch treats more than the body’s physical ailments.

The body and mind are fundamentally interrelated. Stress and anxiety, though feelings, are mediated by neural and hormonal activity in the body.

Osteopathy can treat stress and anxiety by intervening in the way the body modulates these feelings.

Understanding the pathways of the autonomic nervous system allows an osteopath to boost the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ division, while calming the sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ division.

The gentle effect of osteopathic treatment can ease mental anxiety and tension, aiding relaxation and boosting sleep.

And in turn, sleep promotes mental and physical restoration and health.

What can osteopathy treat?

The short answer is that osteopathy can treat you – in all aspects, as a whole unit where each part affects the others.

Try consulting an osteopath today to find out the extent of the benefits treatment can bring.

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