Osteopathy has been around since the late 1800’s and was developed by doctor and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still, he had the belief that all parts of the body should work together in sync. Seeing that most medicines and surgeries were ineffective for ailments such as arthritis and sciatica at the time, he worked with his patients to develop alternative methods through treatments such as massages, stretches and muscle manipulation. He quickly gained high praise and by 1892 he was training his first 22 doctors of osteopathy, and by the 1900s schools and associations of osteopathy has started to open across america and the united kingdom.
Originally starting off as alternative treatments for sciatica and arthritis, osteopathy soon developed and is now used as an alternative regulated treatment for a range of conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, pelvis issues, hip ailments, leg problems, sports injuries, posture problems, migraines, muscle troubles and bone and joint issues. Osteopathy is fully regulated under UK law and osteopaths must register with the general osteopathic council,so you know you’re in safe hands when you undergo any osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathic treatment such as massages, stretching, articulation and thrusts are used to treat a range of ailments. Although initially it can cause some soreness and stiffness after your first few treatments, the small amount suffered is much outweighed by its long term benefits. Your osteopath will work with you ensuring your given the best possible treatment to deal with the issue that you’ve been suffering, if you feel any pain then it’s important to tell you’re osteopath as there may be alternative methods to use or other treatments and exercises that can be carried out at home to help reduce future pain issues.
Treatments during osteopaths have varying ranges of pain relief and healing on your body, as osteopathic specialists we offer a range of treatments such as massages that are used to help relax and release muscles allowing more free movement giving clients a more freedom and movement. Stretching off stiff joints can help release tension and help with quicker healing of the bodies muscles and joints. Another commonly used treatment is articulation where your joints will be moved through a range of natural movements, to help regain natural control and pain relief of your bodies natural movements and can be used for a range of leg, back, neck and shoulder pain. One of the most common and useful treatments for back issues can be high velocity thrusts where you body is thrusted into a position through a sharp motion this treatment helps to regain movement for people that suffer with restricted structuring.
When undertaking any form of osteopathy, your osteopath will work with you to to gain a greater understanding of what symptoms and pain you may be suffering from, also they will look at your general health overall and look at your medical background before carrying out a physical examination. Understanding the problem is the first step of osteopathy and it can be one of the most helpful as it allows us to gain a greater understanding of not just the problem but your lifestyle and it allows your osteopath to work with you to put in place a better treatment plan.
Once you’ve undertaken your first consultation and your osteopath has gained an understanding of your problem then they will carry out a physical examination to get to the root of the issue and to help find the best possible osteopathic treatment to improve your natural body movement and pain. During a physical examination with your osteopath they will use their hands to find areas on your body of weakness, restriction and tenderness, this helps the osteopath to best diagnose your pain and issue. As a trained practitioner, is necessary an osteopath can send you for X-rays, MRI scans and blood tests. Once you’ve undertaken a consultation and physical examination, and had any further tests carried out you may require, your osteopath will then work with you to let you know if they can help and what treatments will be best used to treat your condition.
Your osteopath will then carry out a range of osteopathic treatments such as massages, muscle manipulation, stretching, articulation or thrusts. They will only use treatments that will help your condition, these treatments will be carried out in both practices and may include home exercises.
Regulated by UK law, osteopathy has undergone both studies and clinical trials to see how effective it continues to be for ailments and how effective and how it can be used to treat other problems with the body. Manual therapy carried out by osteopaths is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an effective and safe treatment to use for lower back pain. After some successful studies of using osteopathic treatment for things like asthma, colic and scoliosis more clinical trials are being carried out to see how effective long term use can be.
As a recognised alternative treatment the NHS is regularly looking into new uses for osteopaths, working closely with WHO they have recently carried out studies and trials such as cranial osteopathy for infants and osteopathy for children with cerebral palsy. Successful studies and trials helped to find how useful treatments can be back pain, arthritis and joint problems, allowing osteopaths to develop more effective treatments to these ailments. Osteopaths can also be used in manual treatment of osteoarthritis, although osteopaths aren’t specifically recommended by NICE the manual treatments that osteopaths use is recommended, meaning it’s still a safe and successful treatment for people who suffer osteoarthritis.