Osteopathy: Everything you need to know
So what is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy incorporates manipulation and/or joints to treat whole systems of the body- that is, the WHOLE body
It is a non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health throughout all body systems, by using manipulation and strengthening of the musculoskeletal framework.
What to expect during a treatment?
Osteopathy can benefit the musculoskeletal framework and other systems. Our Osteopaths can also help with back pain and poor posture, which includes advice on preventive treatments. Treatment includes gentle and subtle manipulation, stretching/massaging the muscle, and changes to workplace ergonomics, such as seating and desk position. Other prevention advise can involve:
- Stretching exercises
- Lifting techniques
- Stress reduction
If there are signs of a serious condition, such as a severe disc injury, the osteopath may recommend doing some imaging tests and direct the patient toward conventional treatment.
Furthermore, Osteopaths can help with insomnia resulting from chronic pain. Pain and discomfort can lead to restless nights.
Are there any risks having an Osteopath treatment?
It is normal to feel some tenderness, rather like after exercising, for 24 – 48 hours.
So what is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?
A lot of people ask us this question!!! A chiropractor can also treat the back, but their focus is more likely to be on the position of the spine and joints, usually looking at one specific problem area. They are more likely to “pop” or “crack” the joints. An osteopath looks at the body as a whole, aiming to improve all body systems, including nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. This is done via manipulation and strengthening of the musculoskeletal framework.
If you feel that you may benefit from osteopathic treatment, or just want to talk to one of our osteopaths, please give us a buzz on 97738085. We are more than happy to help you out.
This blog post is an educational tool only. It is not a replacement for medical advice from a registered and qualified doctor or health professional.
Phone: (03) 9773 8085