Osteopathy is the system used to treat and diagnose medical conditions which focus on the functioning and structure of your body. It is based on the basic idea that your health and wellbeing is generally dependent on your muscles, bones, ligaments, and the connective tissues all working together smoothly. One of the main conditions that people find help from an osteopath is back pain.
Osteopaths basically use manual techniques like manipulation and massage to reduce your back pain.
Why You Should See an Osteopath for Your Back Pain?
If you’re experiencing back pain that doesn’t seem to improve or that is causing problems, it could be the best idea to try therapy. An osteopath can give this kind of treatment for both long and short term lower back pain.
He/she can also help you with sciatica- the pain felt from the back to your legs. You can arrange your treatment with an osteopath yourself by booking an appointment. There are areas where you can get osteopathy on the NHS and where a GP can refer you. However, that’s not common.
What Happens When You Go to See an Osteopath?
1.Looking for The Problem
The first appointment with the osteopath usually takes around 45 minutes or sometimes an hour. The osteopath will talk to you about the back pain and also about your health generally.
He/she will probably ask you to remove some of your clothing so he can examine your body. In this case, you’ll get a towel or a gown to put on. However, if you don’t feel comfortable, you can always ask a relative or a friend to go with you.
After the osteopath has examined you, he/she will then talk to you on the results of the examination before moving to the next step. He’ll then explain to you the treatment they would recommend and the risks and benefits that might come with it.
He/she will then tell you the number of sessions you need and the amount of money it will cost you. Ensure that you ask any questions that you might have. It’s very crucial that you fully comprehend what the treatment will involve before signing the consent form.
The osteopath will use some manual techniques to try and minimise the pain. Osteopathy techniques will help you in relieving tension in your muscles and increasing movement in your joints.
Here are some of the techniques that your osteopath might use:
• Muscle energy techniques
• Functional technique
• Counter strain
• Myofascial release therapy
• Lymphatic pump techniques
Your osteopath might also give you some advice on how you can improve your posture and the exercises you can do to help deal with your back pain.
What Should You Expect After the Osteopathy?
For the first few days after treatment, you might feel some soreness. If it raises any concerns you should contact your osteopath to get advice and understand what’s happening.
It’s very crucial that you follow all the given instructions by the osteopath. This gives you a better chance of recovering quickly and prevent the back pain from returning.