Why have Osteopathy?

Once patients have experienced the positive effects of osteopathic treatment they are able to understand why so many people are taking advantage of this whole body approach to the treatment of injury and illness. The skeletal manipulation, deep muscle massages, release of tension, and decrease or even complete removal of pain is a delightful and often times exhilarating feeling. In addition to treatment osteopaths will teach their patients about the underlying reasons for their musculoskeletal conditions. These explanations assist the patient to understand the cause of their condition and help them to take better care of themselves.

There are many conditions that warrant a visit to an osteopath for diagnosis and treatment. Some people become disappointed with conventional treatment of chronic pain. Back pain and headaches are common conditions which respond well to osteopathic treatments.

People with cancer often take advantage of osteopathic treatments to assist in pain management and tension. Osteopathy does not cure cancer nor is it recognised as a treatment for the disease. However, treatments are able to alleviate the debilitating side effects of conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, thus improving the patientís quality of life. Osteopathic treatments can help improve the mental outlook of cancer patients, which plays a huge role in how they cope with their condition and, some people believe, how effective the treatment is for them.

Relief from neck and shoulder pain is another reason that people see osteopaths. Sitting at a desk all day can cause pain, tension and even a burning feeling, especially directly between the shoulder blades. Being just a little overweight adds to this condition. Improving the function of the nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems will help to alleviate the pain and tension. Typically the treatment for this kind of condition will take only a few visits. The osteopath will recommend stretching techniques and an exercise routine and those long days will seem shorter and more productive.

People whose jobs require them to repeat the same movement repeatedly may suffer from a condition known as RSI, or repetitive strain injury. Being subjected to prolonged periods of vibrations or having to remain in an awkward position for extended periods can also cause this syndrome. The arms and shoulders are particularly impacted by these types of body positions and movements. An osteopath will be able to relieve the stress and trauma and will suggest methods to modify the patientís posture while at work.