Osteopathy is an integral part of alternative medicine that aims to provide long-term relief from injuries, chronic pain and other body ailments by means of powerful physical manipulation of the bones and muscle tissues of the body.
Our osteopath in Croydon will address everything that has to do with chronic postural strains, traumatic forces, abnormal body patterns, disordered joint motion or compression/restrictions in body tissues.
The best part about osteopathy is that it can be applied to people of all age groups. Needless to say, the techniques involved in an osteopathic treatment differ depending on the age and strength of the patient.
Osteopathy, often referred to as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), works on the basis of the following guiding principles:
- The body is fully capable of healing and regulating itself.
- Our body, being a single unit, calls for a whole-body treatment for effective results whenever something goes wrong.
- There exists a direct relationship between our body’s anatomy and physiology. To understand the root cause of the problem, it is important to clinically assess all the tissues of the body, including muscles, bones, fluids, fascia and membranes.
- The symptoms will not go away completely until the root cause of the problem is ascertained.
Osteopathy lays much emphasis on addressing the body complications that are the root cause of the disease instead of paying attention to the physical symptoms alone. This helps in completely eliminating the disease and restoring health.
On the contrary, following a ‘quick fix’ approach can reverse the symptoms with the passage of time as the underlying problem may not have been addressed. The osteopathic clinic thoroughly assesses the pain area and its possible connections with other body parts.
Let’s say you have pain somewhere in the knee; you won’t be prescribed pills to alleviate the pain. Instead, the cause of the pain will be investigated, and effective remedial measures will be taken. This also minimizes the need for surgical treatment, which most people dread.
People often confuse osteopathy with massage, chiropractic, craniosacral therapy and even physical therapy. However, it is a completely different branch of medicine, which follows treatment approaches that are not rigid as there are both structural and physiological differences between two individuals.
Moreover, what sets osteopathy apart from other areas of medicine is its scope of practice and its guiding principles. Although it may sound a little impractical to treat merely by touching and feeling your body, each of our osteopath Croydon undergoes intensive training to detect the cause of the problem and fix it.
Osteopathy is proven to have shown results in all kinds of patients - from bodybuilders to people with a sedentary lifestyle. Owing to the benefits that osteopathic manipulative treatment offers, many people consider it an impetus to well-being and overall health restoration.
Take the example of the famous American short-track speed skater- Apolo Ohno. Apollo was severely injured before the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He gives complete credit for his recovery to osteopathy, which he says helped him win gold and silver medals in the same year.
For those suffering from musculoskeletal problems like neck, back or any type of joint pain, a consultation with your local osteopathic physician can be worthwhile.
It can also work equally well in sinus problems, digestive problems, neurological problems, fibromyalgia, pregnancy pain and ear infection. Remember that most insurance carriers offer reimbursement options for osteopathic treatment just like any other form of treatment.
If you have any questions regarding osteopathy, you can visit an osteopathic clinic in your area to get some know-how about osteopathy and whether or not it is the right treatment for you.
If you live in or around Croydon, searching the keyword- ‘Croydon osteopath’ should give you ample information about the local listings here and help you choose an osteopath clinic that works best for you.