By Andrew Siyabalawatte, posted March 2021
Osteopathy was founded in the 1800’s by a Doctor, Andrew Taylor Still. An Innovator of medical methods and its application to assisting the body’s natural ability to heal.
Thus, the link between Medicine and Osteopathy are closer than one would think. A ‘whole body healthcare’, Osteopathy focuses on using active and passive movement of tissues, bone and muscle, to enhance blood flow.
So what is the point of Anti-Inflammatory Medication?
These are designed to reduce inflammation by taking blood away from the area of pain. If used correctly, this type of medication can alleviate pain effectively.
Osteopathy improves the dynamics of tissue healing by bringing nutrients to the relevant areas of the body, to enhance the healing process. My Opinion, both work well together.
How Can Osteopathy treat Sciatica Effectively?
Sciatica symptoms, which commonly involves pain down a leg, often due to some form of pressure on nerves, can be alleviated effectively by Osteopathy. This is because the treatment incorporates articulation and mobilisation of the structures i.e. the spine and muscles, causing the compression.
However, the real question is, why are there symptoms in the first place?
Osteopathy for Neck and Lower Back Pain
Osteopathy incorporates many different treatment techniques to treat neck and lower back pain. To name but a few, Functional Tissue Release (FTR), a active movement based technique, soft tissue mobilisation, similar to massage therapy and Myofascial Release Technique, aimed at working the body’s movement chains
affected by compensatory mechanical patterns created by improper sitting and sleeping postures, to release tension, alleviate pain and improvement mobility.
Oh, and let us not forget Spinal Manipulation too.
What about Sport Injuries?
A number of Professional Sport Clubs employ Osteopaths, especially in the more recent years as Osteopathy has emerged as an essential part of the conditioning process, addressing strains and injuries following sporting activity.
The body naturally tries to heal following an injury, however where this process is slower than expected or not happening at all, Osteopathy accelerates the healing process by improving the movement of soft tissue and joints that are injured in the first place thus, aiding the body’s natural capacity to repair.
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