How does an Osteopath Treat?
Osteopaths use their hands to assess, investigate and to treat the underlying causes of pain in the body. Receiving osteopathy is usually a very relaxing experience and should not be painful, although some people can feel deep work as ‘good pain’.
It is normal to feel achy after treatment as this is part of the body readjusting to its new improved position and it takes our body 24hours for the muscles and ligaments to adapt. It is not advisable to do any strenuous activity after a treatment, to allow the body to fully release.
Gentle rhythmic movement of joints known as articulation which improves the joints mobility.
- Osteopathic soft tissue (massage) which is applied to specific areas and structures in the body such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Unwinding and rocking and gentle release techniques which can be used on organs, muscles, ligaments and joints.
- Manipulation of joints which will be done gently and without pain and only with the patient’s prior consent.
Cranial Osteopathy is another form of technique. Our hands are placed gently on the body (often on the head or sacrum) and using tiny movements with our fingers we unwind tissues holding trauma or old restrictive patterns that have built up over time.
This approach is very suitable for new-borns, children, throughout pregnancy and the elderly and very poorly.