Different osteopathic techniques for the relief of pain and discomfort
Osteopathy is involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders by using a holistic approach to assess the body as an entirety. This is to identify a cause for symptoms and to focus on improving overall health to help combat them. Speak to us at Rakhee Osteopathy to find out how our osteopath in Chalfont can help address your pain and discomfort, either without or alongside conventional medication to help restore optimal health for you, without any disadvantages or adverse effects. Osteopathy is not designed to provide instant results. However, an individually tailored treatment plan will be put together for you, and with specialist advice on your nutrition and lifestyle, and any exercises at home which may be recommended, we will help ease your pain and discomfort so that you can carry on with your daily activities and have a better quality of life.
Osteopathic techniques and their advantages
Osteopathic techniques include a variety of different specialised massage techniques which are usually carried out by the hands of our osteopath in Chalfont. These techniques include soft tissue manipulation, stretching, strain and counterstrain, heat therapy or cold therapy, Myofascial release and muscle relaxation. To find out which treatment options are most suitable for you, at your first appointment the osteopath will carry out a number of visual and physical examinations of your body. They will take detailed notes on your history, including any accidents or injuries you may have incurred throughout your life. They will note any medications and existing illnesses which may affect you, look at any X-rays or scan results which you may have from your doctor and listen to your current symptoms and how they affect you on a daily basis. This will help our osteopath in Chalfont put together a treatment plan which is suitable for your personal requirements and will benefit you by helping to ease and reduce your symptoms
The treatment plan may include a range of specialised massage techniques and soft tissue manipulation to relax your muscles, to help improve the range of motion and function of the affected area. Strain and counterstrain involves pushing against a force to build muscle strength. For example, your osteopath may hold your head down to one side and ask you to try and push it to the other side. By straining the muscles in your neck in this way, under a controlled environment in the specialised hands of your osteopath you will encourage muscle relaxation of your neck and shoulders to help gradually increase your range of movement and alleviate any pain or stiffness you may be experiencing.
For spine related issues your osteopath may offer you HVLA. This is an effective osteopathic technique which is used to help correct issues with the alignment of your spine, and restore better spinal health, motion and balance. Carried out by our specialised and experienced team here with our osteopath in Chalfont, these techniques present minimal discomfort yet significant relief. Speak to us at Rakhee Osteopathy today to find out more about these and other specialised techniques and how osteopathy may provide you with the relief that you are looking for.