What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help?

What is Osteopathy and How Can it Help?

Osteopathy is a complementary therapy that uses a drug-free, non-invasive form of manual medicine that focuses on the overall health of the body.

It uses ‘hands-on’ techniques to correct altered biomechanics and improve circulation, based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the muscles, skeleton, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

An osteopathic physician believes your structure must work well in order for your body to work well. Osteopaths use manual techniques that include gentle pressure, stretching, and resistance.

Many osteopaths are also trained in internal medicine, family medicine, and paediatrics.

How can Osteopathy help reduce back pain?

In today’s world of digitisation, most people, on average, spend 11 hours per day in front of a screen. This sedentary lifestyle means poor posture and musculoskeletal problems. 

Poor posture not only produces pain in the back but also causes symptoms elsewhere, such as legs, arms, hips, etc. Back problem can further lead to dizziness, jaw problems and recurring headaches.

Osteopaths use manual manipulation techniques to reduce back pain and prevent it from coming back. The treatment involves subtle and gentle massage, especially of the muscles and soft tissues. 

If there are signs of other serious conditions like a displaced disc, the osteopathic physician may recommend some imaging tests and direct the patient towards conventional treatment.

The osteopath may also suggest changes to workplace ergonomics, such as seating and desk position, and dietary modifications. Prevention advice may involve:

  • Lifting techniques
  • Stretching exercises
  • Posture
  • Breathing
  • Stress reduction

All these techniques along with gentle massage can help improve posture and reduce back pain.

How can Osteopathy help get a better night’s sleep?

Severe pain and discomfort can cause disruptive sleeping patterns or lead to restless nights. A lack of sleep can make it harder for the body to function properly, and cope with pain.

Various studies have shown that osteopathy can help reduce sleeplessness and insomnia resulting from severe pain.

Experts of osteopathy in London use osteopathic manipulatio