What Is Osteopathic Treatment?
Osteopathic treatment is hands-on using a wide range of treatment techniques to the spine and joints which may include:
Soft Tissue Techniques, Trigger Points and Passive Stretching Techniques.
Plenty of soft tissue techniques including massage are applied to sore, tight muscles.
Moving joints to release stiffness and tension with the aim of
improving range and quality of movement.
Osteopathic spinal manipulation is different from spinal manipulation due to the need of understanding the Osteopathic philosophy which is learnt over a 4 to 5 year Osteopathy degree course at university. It is therefore the application of these techniques that distinguishes osteopaths and osteopathic practice. The philosophy learnt involves the practitioner to understand when and why to apply a particular treatment technique with the aim of improving certain changes within the body in terms of its movement and function.
A very gentle technique using the hands to release tension or balance movement in the skull and body.
All other treatment methods that might be offered with the combination of traditional Osteopathic manual treatment require additional postgraduate training which your osteopath has undertaken.
These methods include medical acupuncture/ acupressure (depending on preference), kinesiology taping and prescribing home exercises which can be sent to you via email. Electrotherapy might also be applied such as ultrasound which can be very useful for certain ligament and tendon problems.
All treatment options are only performed with the patient's full consent and will be discussed throughout the course of treatment. Your osteopath will explain the different treatment methods they offer and you will have an opportunity to discuss which techniques they think best for your condition. If you are unhappy with any of these techniques being offered or used please let your practitioner know and they can plan your treatment accordingly.