osteopath chingford

Osteopathy is a manual therapy which provides a distinct approach to healthcare. Osteopaths are trained to recognize and treat many causes of pain: we use our hands to discover the underlying causes of pain carry out treatment using a variety of techniques.

Much confusion arises, about the appropriate nature of osteopathic treatment particularly when a patient is in a great deal of pain. An osteopath will only treat in an appropriate manner; an eighty year old grandmother will not be treated in the same way as a twenty stone rugby player.

A person with a straight forward stiff back will not be treated in the same way as one suffering with an inflamed disc lesion. Osteopathy is often the best form of treatment in such painful cases and it is often a missed opportunity when treatment is stopped. Every patient is different and a treatment plan is always tailored to the individual.

Osteopathic treatment generally consists of soft tissue massage and stretching of the muscles, mobilisation of affected joints and gentle spinal manipulation. Osteopaths aim to restore normal movement and posture which may mean treating areas that are distant from the area that hurts.

The aim of Osteopathy is to correct problems in the body frame, making it easier for the body to function normally and reduce the chance of problems recurring in the future.

In seeking to maintain good health prevent future problems; the Osteopath’s plan may include advice on posture, exercises, diet and lifestyle. Although osteopathy is perhaps best known for treatment of low back pain, in actual fact it is effective in very wide range of conditions.

The emphasis is however, less on the symptoms than on the patient as an individual.

When you first visit an Osteopath a full case history will be taken and then you will be examined. The case history involves taking detailed information concerning the onset of the condition, symptoms, present and previous medical history as well as a general health review. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be assessed.

The case history and examination will be used together with any lifestyle factors such as work and leisure activities to make a full diagnosis and develop a suitable treatment plan. Following treatment, in about fifty percent of new patients, a patient may suffer a reaction resulting in an increase in symptoms or what an osteopath would call a healing crisis. This is not normally a cause for concern, even if the reaction is marked, and is just the body’s way of healing. It is usually following the first treatment less likely the second or it can just occur after several with no real reason. If you ever have any concern following treatment always feel free to contact your osteopath.