The Advertising Standard Agency (ASA) has recently published a list of the only conditions Osteopaths are allowed to advertise they can ‘treat’.
This is, as you will see, actually a really broad definition of the scope of what Osteopaths can treat, and not in any way a restrictive definition. Also please bear in mind here that Osteopaths actually treat REAL PEOPLE and not merely medical conditions, but that is not in the list.
The ASA list give us an opportunity to talk about how fantastic osteopathy is, and how it can help most people suffering with not only musculo-skeletal problems but a wide range of ailments.
Read below for more information on pain relief through understanding the causes backpain relief at euphoria osteopathic clinics.
Refer to all the paragraphs. The only thing you, as a patient, need to know. OSTEOPATHS ARE GREAT AT RELIEVING ACHES AND PAINS!
A lot of patients seek osteopathic treatment regarding ‘wear and tear’ related aches and pains. Osteopathic treatment has a good effect on degenerative conditions. The more advanced the Arthritis the less response to Osteopathic treatments. Basically wear and tear is to do with an increase in the mechanical pressure through the affected joint, following overuse, mechanical trauma, age, weight gain, or and genetic predisposition. This leads to a decrease in synovial fluid, in turn increases the wear of the cartilage layers of the joint. The reaction from the body is to tighten or shorten muscles moving this particular joint, to prevent further wear. The main side effect from this reaction leads to the Stiffness that patients report suffering from first thing in the morning or after a long rest for example.
Osteopaths use Gentle articulation, traction, gapping of joints, as well as lengthening the appropriate muscles, to decreases the pressure inside the affected joint, therefore calling for more synovial fluid. Patient often report a significant decrease in their symptoms, especially Joint Pain, after a series of osteopathic treatment.
This is the quintessential condition that osteopaths are known to treat! This is therefore the most common complaint that osteopaths deal with in their everyday practice. Thanks to our thorough case history taking, we do make sure that this back pain is not to do with an underlying pathological process. Osteopaths frequently refer patients to their doctors in order to exclude pathology.
In my everyday practice I tend to sometimes approach your BACK from the FRONT! Yes indeed there is a front to your back. Postural diagnosis gives us an idea where is the strain coming from. Several very influential muscle groups are actually located in front of the spine, mainly in the neck and the lower back. Also thanks to Visceral Osteopathy I am able to address organs and their relationship with my patients’ back, especially in case of referred pain patterns that involves different parts of the body according to the organ that is involved. This does not mean that pathological processes are at play, but organs tend to play an important mechanical role in our posture, sometimes putting ‘pressure’ on to the back. Without a doubt this should be the easiest problem that an osteopath could deal with. And this is somehow the main complaint that the public will know osteopaths treat.
Circulatory Problems, Local or Minor (c.f. Poor Circulation): THE main Osteopathic principle is ‘ The role of the Artery is supreme’. Here we mainly talk about fluid, from arterial, venous, lymphatic, interstitial, and cerebro-spinal. Human beings are made up of 71% Water! Note here the similar proportion to the land mass on earth and the ocean expanse!
A lot of the Pain process is to do with the decrease in the perfusion (blood supply) of the tissue involved. The drainage of the waste product from metabolism and inflammatory process would accumulate locally and irritate even more the nerve endings, causing pain. Hypoxia or lack of oxygen in the tense tissue leads to irritation of the nervous system, leading to pain…. As you can see, the freer coming and going of blood in a tissue the better its functioning and the least pain.
Osteopathy is a great therapy to deal with fluid. The articulation, gapping of joints, inhibition of tight muscles, and High Velocity Thrust (HVTs / ‘Cracks’) tend to help drain the excess fluid of inflammation, and increases the perfusion of tight muscles, just to name only a few effect from our treatments. A lot of research on vaso-motion and certain manual therapy modality of treatments have showed a positive effect on the blood supply.
There are numerous reasons for people to suffer from cramps, but the main reason is fatigue after exercising. build up of metabolic wastes will influence the normal functioning of muscles which will contract and over shorten. Electrolytes imbalance can also be a common cause. Here your osteopath will gently manipulate the affected muscle, try to enhance its perfusion, and will look at the against / antagonist imbalance too. Some of you will be suffering from cramps as a result of taking medication, please consult your General Practitioner to explore alternatives.
Yes, believe it or not, Osteopathic treatment can help your digestion. This might be hard to swallow (so to speak) but any type of Osteopathic approach directly or indirectly can improve your digestion. If you suffer from functional digestive problem such as IBS, Reflux, Constipation and / or Bloating, your osteopath can Help.
From a classical Osteopathy point of view, digestion is partly a mechanical process; it is well known that walking can help you if you are constipated. The gentle articulation of the body as a whole reduces the discrepancy between both parts of the autonomic nervous system. This in turn helps with normalising the blood supply to our organs. Osteopathic manipulations of part of the spine can help restore the normal functioning of a specific organ. Also direct manipulation of organs, using Visceral Osteopathic approach, can help with their mobility with each other and with the mechanical effect they can have on the rest of the body. Yes it has to be said that sometimes that nagging back pain has nothing to do with your back but in fact the front of it being under tension. Some musculo-skeletal aches and pains can be partly referred from specific organs, and after releasing them, your pain can dissipate.
This literally means ‘muscle and connective tissue pain’. It is a complex disorder characterised by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, and heightened pain in response to direct tactile pressure. There is no know causes for the condition but some research suggests that patients suffering from Fibromyalgia are more sensitive to pain, due to an increase sensitivity of the brain to non receptive stimuli. Here Osteopaths are well aware of the limitations from their approach, and patients suffering from Fibromyalgia will often benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, a mix of allopathic medicine, psychological support, exercising, diet and manual therapy. It is a very complex condition, and therapists need to remember that real people are suffering from this condition and need to be treated according to their particular requirements.
This is a very common medical diagnosis for any kind of pain in the shoulder. A generic diagnosis if that make sense. Osteopaths are musculo-skeletal specialists and should go through a very thorough examination after their history taking. Frozen shoulder is the lay man term for Adhesive Capsulitis. There are three distinct stages to this self limiting condition. A freezing stage were your shoulder movement gets more and more restricted and very painful. This can last up to 9 months. This is worst part of the process, as it can be refractory to even allopathic medication. The frozen stage is when the shoulder joint is literally completely restricted mobility wise, no way you can comb your hair or reach with your affected shoulder for that cup of tea. This phase again can last in the region of 9 months. And finally, for no apparent reasons the shoulder joint regains its almost full mobility (90 or 95%) after another 9 month period.
From an osteopathic point of view the initial part is when treatment can be the most effective. But it is not for the faint hearted as the approach we use here can be very painful, but would potentially decrease the length of this pathological process.
What can be said? Is it to do with every joint in the body? Well Osteopaths are proud to be able to advertise that they can treat ‘ joint pain’. Again here, you might want to look at Rheumatism.
Or in another word: Lower Back Pain. This is a very common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives, only Headaches are more common. Refer to Back Pain to read a little more about this debilitating condition that Osteopaths are indeed really good at treating.
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Muscular Tension|Muscle Spasms
Far too many of us are suffering from too much muscular tension, and for those unlucky ones, this can affect posture as well as overall quality of life. Excessive tension can lead to increase pressure in the affected joint and over time can lead to wear and tear which leads to more muscular tension, and so on….. Osteopathy and Osteopaths work every single day towards reducing excessive muscular tension in their patients, by using gentle inhibition, functional unwinding, myofascial release techniques and much more. The fact that your Osteopath will treat you as an individual, and that he or she will take the time to know you a little better, will help you feel at ease, and surely more receptive to his or her treatment. Of course not only physical problems can lead to muscular tension, and osteopaths here are far too familiar with the word STRESS, which can bear many faces, and the mechanical aspect being far too often the smallest one. None the less, if your Osteopath can reduce a great deal of your muscular tension, well would you not say that this could help to cope with emotional stress. Visit Alexis your Local Osteopath, and beat that excessive Tension!
This is to do with nerve pain that can be central (ie head and spine), as well as peripheral origins (ie the limbs). This can be another way to describe severe pain in the head (Trigeminal neuralgia), brachial plexus pain, as well as sciatica. Here we have changes in the way the nerve works, this is a more deeply rooted pain. From an osteopathic perspective, we can look at the place of mechanical impingement of the nerve, loosen it which restore proper perfusion to the nerve. Yes nerves have got their own blood vessels, and if the nerve is damaged, it often is to do with the lack of blood supply to it and the accumulation on waste products and inflammation. There is a decrease or heightened response of the nerve, which is abnormal. Along side alopathic medicine, Osteopathy can help restore a better blood flow to the nerve whilst medication desensitises the nerve. try osteopathy and get the best of both worlds, in the fight against neuralgia.
This is a very loose medical term referring to the ‘problems affecting Joints and Connective Tissue’. This includes, just to name a few, Back pain, Bursitis and Tendinitis, Tenosynovitis, Plantar fasciatis, Myositis, Capsulitis, Neck Pain, Osteoarthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), just to name a few. Actually lets not forget about rotator cuff impingement, Tennis and Golfers’ Elbows. The commonality with this very varied conditions is the long term or chronic pain, the difficulty for the allopatic medicine to treat them as well as the fact that they are very common. Again here your Osteopath can help the anti-inflammatory medication, your doctor prescribed to reduce inflammation, by decreasing the local tissue tension hence increasing the blood supply to the affected area as well as the drainage of the waste products of inflammation. Osteopathy is a great Complementary Medicine, and Should not be seen as an alternative to any other form of treatment.
This is a very common diagnosis, a lot of patients seek osteopathic treatment complaining of suffering from sciatica, but in fact this merely is acute lower back pain or piriformis syndrome. Sciatica is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, and will present with raging pain down the lower extremity all the way down to your foot. This is an unremitting, deep, boring type of pain. Ultimately this can lead to loss of strength in some of the leg muscles. depending on the eatiology of the sciatica, especially if it is traumatic, you may require emergency surgery to prevent long term pressure on the sciatic nerve, and paralysis. Osteopaths, as musculo-skeletal specialists, help all patients suffering from sciatica, especially if it is by referring them to their GP or A&E. In cases where your sciatica is within the scope of what your osteopath is happy to deal with, the range of techniques he or she will use vary, but they are focused on decreasing the compression on the nerve root or the nerve itself, in order to restore optimum nerve function.
Refer to Muscular tension. Sports Injuries, Minor ones: As you have possibly read in the Rheumatism, inflammation (or ‘itis’) of the soft tissue surrounding the joints such as bursae, tendons, synovial sheath and muscles, when irritated from repetitive stress or sprain and strains, Osteopaths CAN help. We look at the acute aspect of the problem, trying to reduce the local inflammation as well as the postural component that usually hinders the complete resolution of the problem. Simple first aid advice can be given too, such as R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), also sometimes Osteopaths can suggest to patients application of topical anti-inflammatory creams and acute homeopathic remedies can help with your recovery time. But mainly your osteopath should address the problem manually.
Refer to Muscular tension.