Joint or muscle pain affects everyone at some point in their lives, yet a lot of people don’t realise that it can be treated without medication. Of course, you do have to be careful and be seen by a doctor should the pain become unbearable, but it’s much more relaxing receiving therapy as a first attempt at finding relief. An alternative therapy such as osteotherapy is the best option to start with due to its gentle nature and ability to treat symptoms non-invasively. But what exactly is it, does osteopathy actually work and how does it help?
We’re discussing everything you need to know here on the Northwich Foot Clinic blog…
What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which uses hands on massaging techniques to reduce pain and inflammation. Working to improve symptoms of joint, muscle and bone conditions, an osteopath uses a range of techniques except for medication or surgery to diagnose and treat medical conditions. You can read more about osteopathy here.
Does Osteopathy Actually Work?
Osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends manual therapy such as osteopathy alongside exercise as a great treatment option for lower back pain. Using physical manipulation including stretching and massaging of the muscles and joints, it works to relieve tension whilst increasing blood flow to promote quicker healing.
Despite there being a lack of evidence for osteopathy working for other pain within the body, many patients still report a pain reduction post-session.
How Holistic Therapy Helps…
Holistic therapy refers to treating the body as a whole for promoting relaxation. Treating the mind, body, spirit and emotions all in one, this wholesome treatment helps to restore the body’s natural balance.
There are a whole host of benefits of holistic therapy, including relieved muscle fatigue and spasms, relieved muscular tension, improved sleep pattern and regulated hormone levels. The benefits don’t stop there, there are so many ways that holistic therapy can help to improve your overall well being. For example, it can also help to ease anxiety and stress, balance emotions and alleviate general mental fatigue.
Are you looking to book in with a top quality osteopath? Look no further, our in-house osteopath is registered with the General Osteopathic Council so that you know you’re in safe hands. You can book in with us online here.