Commonly Asked Questions About an Osteopath

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Commonly Asked Questions About an Osteopath

19 March 2019
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

Osteopathy is defined as a manual therapy that is designed to bring balance to a patient's body through gentle movements that correct the posture and structure. By the use of treatment, structural dysfunctions will be corrected to gain flexibility in the spine and limb movements. This is to relieve the nerves and blood vessels that could limit the body's healing capacity and function. It is to treat the pain instead of the symptom. You will find more commonly asked questions about what an osteopath does by reading further.

Are Other Types of Treatments Compatible With Osteopathy?

Osteopathy works well with different therapeutic approaches. When treating other particular conditions such as anxiety, depression and other lifelong conditions, patients can be referred by an osteopath to other medical practitioners. They could be a psychologist, naturopathic doctor or an MD.

Who Can Benefit From Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is beneficial to a wide variety of populations, such as newborns, elderly, expecting mothers and many other people. Those who have complaints about musculoskeletal (MSK) pain or dysfunctions in the visceral area should seek the help of an osteopath. MSK pain affects the neck, back, jaw, extremities, sprains/strains, postural imbalances, degenerative disc disease and arthritis. The visceral area dysfunctions may include respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, dizziness, poor circulation, reproductive issues, sleep disturbances, skin conditions and sinus troubles.

Is Osteopathy Treatment Safe?

Osteopathy is a drug-free, safe and non-invasive therapy that treats neuromusculoskeletal and joint problems. However, there are small risks linked to osteopathy. Even if osteopathy has a consistent safety record, not all health treatments are free from having potentially unfavourable effects. A lot of patients are relieved right after being treated by an osteopath but may have mild aches or soreness. The pain they feel is similar to what any form of exercise gives.

What to Expect During My First Osteopathic Session?

In the first session, the osteopath will review your health history and discuss what you need. There will be an assessment done, which include tests and posture observation to find out which areas need treatment. The remaining time will be for treatment. The next appointments will be for quick assessments and more treatment. You will be asked to lay face up, face down or sometimes on your side.

These are some of the most commonly asked questions about seeking an osteopath and how it can help a person recover from chronic MSK and joint pains.