Manual Osteopathy Can Help
- Back and neck pain
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Injuries from sports, repetitive strains, and motor vehicle accidents
- Carpal tunnel
- Planter’s fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Digestive issues
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
Other Benefits of MO
In addition to achieving specific results, manual osteopathy benefits the body by restoring the body’s healing properties and improving its natural functions. Just like fixing one damaged part in a machine can make the whole system work more smoothly, slight changes to one area of the body can impact your overall wellbeing.
A few examples of what might be going on in your body after treatment are:
- Improved circulation
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased range of motion
- Reduced joint pain and stiffness
- Reduced blood pressure
- Increased immune system functioning
What to Expect During Your Manual Osteopathy Treatment
Manual osteopathy is a relaxing, gentle treatment. After you’ve completed some forms and talked to your therapist about any health issues, pain, or discomfort you’ve been having, he or she will perform a few tests to get a baseline for treatment. These may include motion range tests, postural tests, and orthopedic testing. Another test uses gentle touch to examine joints, muscles, and soft tissue (this is called palpation). After these tests, your therapist will understand more about which systems could benefit most from treatment.
Most manual osteopathy treatments can be completed with your clothes on. Be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment so your therapist can move your body throughout the treatment.
After the treatment, you might experience a bit of soreness or tightness for 24-48 hours. That’s because your therapist is helping your body shift into the right position, so don’t be worried! After a day or two, you should have a full range of motion without any tenderness.
What’s the Difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic treatment?
There are a few key differences between Osteopathy and Chiropractic treatment.
The most predominant difference is that Chiropractors will focus mainly on the spine whereas Osteopaths take a more holistic approach and concentrate on the whole body. Osteopaths will also treat a wider range of ailments including respiratory and digestive problems.
Another key difference lies in the method of treatment. Osteopaths utilize a wider range of techniques while Chiropractors routinely just perform spinal adjustments. Chiropractors are also the more ‘joint focused’ of the two professions.
While assessing patients, Chiropractors tend to rely more heavily on diagnostic equipment such as x-rays and MRI scans to analyze the shape of the spine prior to working on the patient while osteopaths use manual techniques such as palpation.
To conclude, both treatments share many similarities, and the difference between the two can often come down to the individual practitioner. No one profession is better than the other, and both are highly effective for treating common complaints such as neck and back pain. The two professions often work in conjunction with one another under the bracket of non-invasive physical therapies.