Osteopathy is a method of finding, treating and preventing health problems by using movement, stretch and massage therapies to a person’s muscles and joints.
Osteopathic treatment does not target symptoms only, but also treats the parts of the body that have caused the pain. Osteopaths have a holistic approach and believe that your whole body will work well if your body is in good structural balance.
People consult their osteopath to relieve pain or return to their normal daily activities after injury, and osteopathy can be a very effective treatment to help you to rehabilitate in this kind of event, but osteopathy can also help contribute to your health in many other ways.
Osteopaths work to restore your body to a state of balance, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is a safe, gentle form of manual therapy suitable for patients of any age. Using touch, physical manipulation, stretching and massage an osteopath can increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and help your body’s own healing mechanisms. They may also provide advice on lifestyle, posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.
In any case, early intervention is key and makes a swift and full recovery much more likely, so if you suffer from occasional discomfort, consider consulting an osteopath, as preventative treatment and advice can be a worthwhile investment in your long-term health.
Osteopathy can be used alone or as a compliment to other conventional and alternative medical therapies.