How To Use Osteopathy For Back Pain Relief
Back pain is no fun, but there is a treatment that doesn’t involve medication or surgery. Osteopathy can bring back pain relief in a natural, non-invasive way. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a method of treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging the muscles and joints. This physical manipulation can increase mobility, relieve tension and increase blood supply to injured areas – leading to faster healing and recovery.
The overarching principle behind osteopathy is that all body parts are connected, and a properly aligned musculoskeletal structure will allow the body to heal itself. This connection means that osteopathy can lead to improvements not just in joints and muscles, but also the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.
In order to practice as an osteopath in the UK, the medical professional must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council, and will need to have met various education standards.
As well as providing back pain relief, osteopathy has a host of other benefits. It is useful for improving overall health and well-being, by increasing or restoring mobility which leads to improved movement. It can provide pain relief throughout the body – not just in the back – and can heal old injuries which have caused a ‘block’. It helps with many conditions, including:
- Rheumatic pain
- Posture problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Sporting injuries
What Happens At An Appointment?
The first step during an osteopathic appointment is diagnosis. This will include a thorough case history and examination, in order to put together a specialised treatment plan. They can then use a wide range of manual treatments to provide pain relief and begin the healing process. These manual therapies will vary depending on the diagnosis, your age and overall fitness.
As well as treating through massage and manipulation, the osteopath may provide advice about your posture, and provide you with some stretches and exercises that you can do to continue your treatment at home.
Back Pain Relief Without Medication
One of the biggest benefits of osteopathy is that it provides pain relief by utilising the body’s own healing process, and as such can get rid of pain without needing medication. Many people turn to osteopathy as a way of breaking the need for daily painkillers. In many instances, a visit to an osteopath can negate the need for more invasive procedures, and the side effects that come with them.At Northwich Foot Clinic, our skilled osteopath is experienced in diagnosing and treating a huge variety of conditions. Our treatment can alleviate acute and chronic pain – and even act as preventative care, helping you to avoid future problems. We provide osteopathy to people of all ages, including children and the elderly, and we also offer specialised Womens Health Osteopathy. It is easy to book your appointment online, and we look forward to welcoming you to our Cheshire clinic.