Osteopaths most closely resemble bio-mechanists, or body mechanics. As such, we look at the way you move. We seek out problems in your body’s movement and then apply hands-on techniques like stretching, mobilisation or in some cases manipulation to improve the movement. This might mean finding that a tight muscle in the back of your leg is causing the pelvis to not be able to tip forward easily and thus causing the lower back to become strained. In most cases you would only feel the lower back pain, and, be completely unaware of the actual problem coming from the tight muscle in your leg. An Osteopath is always looking for the cause of the problem and thus appointments are generally at least 30 minutes in duration.
Every joint and muscle in the body has a function and rarely do they work in isolation. The correct sequence of muscle and joint action is needed to allow you to move with ease and without pain. If one part of the sequence is too tight or restricted, then the entire movement has to be replaced by a different sequence. This new pattern of movement isn’t normal for the body, so, whilst it can perform the action, over time the muscles will get tired and begin to ache. This is often when somebody will see an Osteopath.
The above scenario is the most common presentation to an Osteopath. Nothing is torn or needs surgical repair but it hurts and makes you feel tired, sometimes effects your sleep, certainly effects your daily activities and finding a fix by seeing an Osteopath usually only takes a few sessions to get it working exactly as it should. At our recent statistical analysis within our Clinic, each individual case of pain or problem (except long standing, complicated history cases) has been resolved within 3 treatments.*
Somebody once said to me that Osteopaths mainly treat the working wounded. The quality of life improvement gained by normalising movement and thus reducing pain is massive. Is it time you booked an appointment with us to see how we can improve your quality of life?
*This is not a guarantee of any kind that future cases would follow this same statistic, purely an example of statistical averages gained from patients visiting the clinic over the past 6mths (Jan- June 2013)