5 Problems Osteopathy Can Help To Relieve

20th November 2019

Our registered and qualified Osteopaths are trained to treat a wide array of problems. They work alongside our Physiotherapists — many of their treatments overlap but there are subtle differences unique to each treatment type.

Osteopathy is a versatile treatment that can help a variety of discomforts

Osteopathy is very versatile, and as a result you may be experiencing pain that we do not list here, but that osteopathy can still treat.

If you are local to our Oakwood, North London clinic and unsure if osteopathy is right for you, don’t hesitate to call us at 020 8440 3629 or email us at info@oakwoodphysio.co.uk.

Back Pain 

Back pain is not only painful, but also can cause problems with bending, sitting and moving. It’s often distressing – and therefore it’s a welcome relief when an expert such as an osteopath begins treatment and you start to feel an improvement.

In treating back pain, your osteopath will undertake a careful and thorough assessment to find the cause of your back pain. Using this information, the osteopath will help you understand how to encourage healing with some simple exercises, advice on posture, and spine and muscle treatment.

Generally, the earlier treatment begins, the quicker the results. A patient who has had back pain for a week or two may be better after one or two sessions, whereas if you have had pain for several months you may require a course of around 4-6 treatments.

Neck Pain

Common causes of neck pain are general stress and tension, and lots of computer work. This makes it common for those who work at a desk in an office without the correct equipment or posture. Sometimes using your mobile or tablet in a poor posture can trigger neck pain or reading in bed, sleeping in a poor posture or handling young children and babies.

Fortunately, the neck usually responds quickly to treatment – so you will usually progress quickly and enjoy being pain free and able to concentrate again.

Once the osteopath has carefully examined your neck, they use highly skilled treatments such as manipulations of the spine, massage techniques and gentle stretches to help restore movement and relieve neck pain.

Trapped Nerves & Sciatica

Shoulder pain or arm pain may in fact be coming from the spine, and likewise pain in the buttock or leg can be coming from the lower back. As there are nerves involved, symptoms such as tingling or numbness in the affected arm or leg may occur. Sometimes people find that the pain does not respond well to painkillers from the chemist which can cause distress.

Our osteopaths are trained to recognise more serious conditions which require further investigation from your doctor, but very often symptoms will resolve before needing to seek further medical attention.

These symptoms are common but can cause a lot of worry and discomfort. The osteopath will generally be able to give you an idea of the time scale for recovery depending on the examination results. Treatment will often involve gentle hands on manipulations and stretching techniques to assist the “release” or decompression of the affected nerves. Home exercises and posture correction advice may also be given to assist your recovery.

Hip Pain

Patients often believe they have a problem with their hip joint, but in fact on examination the pain is found to be coming from the spine or pelvis. Sometimes there are problems from both the hip joint and lower back which may be causing your symptoms. This is fairly common as the hip joint and spine are located near to each other, and if one area becomes problematic, it can affect the other.

Our osteopaths will assess you and your symptoms to give you clarification, and based on this, start an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment usually involves hands on treatments such as manipulation and massage as well as exercises and advice.

Our osteopaths not only treat the problem, but inform you on the issue, and the “do’s and don’ts” to make sure you stay healthy and feel confident in your recovery. In fact, our patients often return to sports or other activities they had previously given up on, after starting treatment with us.

Headaches & Migraines

Both headaches and migraines can be strongly related to the neck, due to tightness and tension. Tightness is often found in the upper neck (spine), in the muscles of the neck, or frequently in both.

Our osteopaths will check all potential causes of these headaches or migraines and begin to treat muscle tightness and stiffness in the spine especially at the top of the neck. They have very specialised skills in examining not only the spine but also the skull and jaw as well, all of which can be involved.

Cranial osteopathy is often added to the treatment to check for problems in the skull itself, and to release abnormal tension points in the skull. Since these tension points in the skull sometimes cause the pain, this can dramatically lesson migraines and headaches. In addition, stress and tension is often helped by the very calming and soothing effect of cranial osteopathy treatment.

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