What conditions osteopaths can treat?

Osteopaths are professionals who specialise in treating any musculoskeletal pain. The pain may come from sports or work related conditions. In addition, osteopaths can help with muscle pain like muscle strain, spams, some type of tendinopathy or if the area is generally stiff, etc. 

The osteopathic approach views the body as a whole. Then, it applies various hands on techniques to promote the function and circulation of the local and global areas.

The main goals of osteopaths are:

  • Promote the natural healing process
  • Help manage the symptoms
  • Minimise the risk of reoccurrence of the issue

Osteopaths won´t only  focus on the area of complaint; they will also help you to understand why you are experiencing these symptoms and where the symptoms come from. 

Osteopaths can treat sciatica symptoms

 Sciatica is a symptom rather than a true diagnosis. An Osteopath can help you to find out what is causing the  compression, which structures are compromised and the causes.  

 When the sciatic nerve is compressed, irritated or entrapped the pain can be debilitant. The symptoms range from pain, burning, shooting, tingling, numbness in the gluteal region, back of thigh, calf, foot, toes, and they usually affect one side only.   

In order to reduce symptoms, initial osteopathic treatment will be aimed at decreasing nerve compression and inflammation on the surrounding structures. Once you are out of the acute phase, the osteopath will continue realising the tight structures to restore muscles balance in order to prevent recurrence. 

Osteopaths can treat trapped nerve

Osteopaths can help to release a trapped nerve. It occurs when the surrounding tissues such as bones, cartilage, muscles or tendons apply too much pressure on a nerve. This pressure upsets the nerve’s function, causing pain, tingling, numbness or weakness.

A trapped nerve can occur in any part of your body. A herniated disk in your lower spine can cause sciatic symptoms. You may feel pain that radiates down the back of your leg. Similarly, a pinched nerve in your neck can lead to pain and numbness in your shoulder, arm, etc.

Osteopaths can treat Sports injuries

Osteopaths can treat a range of sports injuries from professional athletes to amateur. Depending on the injury, they will recommend for the first 2-4 days to RICE the area. Rice means: rest it, ice it, compress it and elevate it. It will help you to manage the inflammation. Once the inflammation face is over, the osteopath can recommend starting the rehabilitation process. Also, he will start manipulation, mobilisation and release of the soft issue of the injury area.

Osteopath can treat problems associated with women’s health

Osteopaths have experience in many aspects of women’s health, including complications that may result during and after pregnancy. Women’s health osteopathy can help your body to adapt through the different stages of your pregnancy. The treatment is a gentle, safe and effective way of dealing with stresses and strains of your body due to the growing foetus.

Most common women’s health osteopathy treat include: 

  • Lower back and pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
  • Pelvic floor muscles and urinary incontinence during pregnancy 
  • Pubic symphysis dysfunction (PSP)
  • Postnatal back and neck pain 

Osteopaths treat acute & chronic back pain

Back pain is one of the most common presentations to GP practices and it’s not always possible to identify its cause, but most comes from joints or soft tissues. Pain of mechanical origin is usually aggravated by some movement and relieved by another movement.

Some symptoms are caused by joints being locked in an awkward position, incorrect posture at desk, and for long periods of driving, painting ceiling, and sleeping in the same position. Osteopaths are especilised in diagnosing and treating number of acute or chronic back pain issues. 

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