The aim is to work to restore the function of the musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles and ligaments) to encourage and support the body's own healing mechanisms. A reduction in inflammation and therefore pain should then follow. So it's important to restore both the quality and range of movement as soon as possible (where it is safe to do so), whether that be low back or neck pain, shoulder, elbow, hip or knee pain, etc. Often pain is 'referred pain', so where the person feels the pain isn't always where the problem is. This is usually the case with what feels like a 'pulled muscle'.
Taking pain killers and anti-inflammatories only masks the problem and long term use of anti-inflammatories can lead to an increase in degeneration.
This can be discussed before the treatment as to what approach the person finds most comfortable or most effective.
Advising on 'do's' & 'don'ts' and empowering the client by advising execises to help recover sooner and reduce the risk of recurrence is also important.
I often use some Western Medical Acupuncture before osteopathic treatment, which is great at reducing muscle spasm & tension and gives local pain relief. No extra charge, with an alternative for those afraid of needles
Osteopathy is a holistic approach that aims to improve health by working directly on the body almost regardless of the named condition.
That said, typical problems that people consult an osteopath with include;
* Lower back & neck pain, other spinal pain i.e. upper back, coccyx & sacro-iliac joint pain,
* Upper limb problems i.e. shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand pain, and lower limb problem i.e. hip, knee, ankle & foot pain.
It's also worth noting that many headaches are referred pain from the upper neck and jaw (TMJ) problems often also involve the upper neck.
For cranial osteopathy our frequent clients are babies with colic &/or acid reflux and toddlers with glue ear.
So no one is ever too young or too old for treatment. Infact some of our older clients remain active and spritely by having an occasional maintenance treatment. It's worth remembering that a joint is beyond healing if there is no cartilage left to be able to heal & repair, so the only other option may be a replacement and they wear out a lot quicker than the originals and usually lack the range of movement. Remaining active in our later years is the best way to ensure a good quality of life.
Also, that the majority of injuries recover quicker if addressed earlier, so don't put it off. While the inflammation may settle, the underlying problem may still be there until the next time it's aggravated.
To make an appointment for osteopathy, visceral &/or cranial osteopathy in Wirral Cheshire and Liverpool please call the one of the above Practices.
For further information please contact Andrew Woodhouse via one of the above clinics or one of my websites.
Other services available include Allergy Testing & NAET Treatment and Western Medical Acupuncture.