Osteopaths spend most of their time working with people who are dealing from pain – whether it occurs at a young age from sport or in the older generation from arthritis. Osteopaths roles are to alleviate pain, to improve mobility and to make patients’ live more comfortable.
What is pain? Pain is a warning signal that something is wrong. If is one of the body’s natural defence mechanisms to alert you to a problem but it is there to stop you from further damage.
Osteopaths diagnose the cause of pain and can often do a great deal to help reduce the level of your pain and suffering. But what directly causes pain? Often, it is the result of localised inflammation for injured tissues which created pressure on nerves.
– low back pain
– neck pain
– joint pain
– rheumatic pain
– pelvic pain
– pain from trauma
– arthritic pain
– joint stiffness
– leg pain
The skilled techniques of osteopaths can allow the body to self heal and return to normal activity. Even if your pain has been chronic, osteopathy may help but may take patience. The osteopath will look at how your whole body functions and be able to reduce strain on the painful areas caused by mechanical problems elsewhere.
There are times when it is wise for you to take medication in addition to osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths frequently work in close cooperation with your GP.
Why an osteopath?
Osteopaths help to reduce tissue inflammation by a number of methods ranging from muscular treatment to spinal manipulation and joint rehabilitation.
This process will help to reduce muscular spasms and increase mobility, helping to create healthier state in which damaged tissues can heal.
Much long-term, recurrent pain is caused by degenerative changes to the body’s framework. Nobody can reverse the process of ages, unfortunately! However, osteopathic treatment using manual and physical therapy in addition to medical acupuncture can often ease pain, reduce swelling and improve the mobility and range of motion at a joint. Pain control is an important part is the treatment and osteopaths give guidance on simple method to carry out at home.
-osteopaths are skilled healthcare professionals
-osteopaths deal with pain every day
-UK Osteopaths treat over 7 million people every year who are suffering from pain
-osteopaths can help you both with treatment and advice on self-help
Visiting your osteopath
When you visit your osteopath of the first time a case history will be taken and you will be given a physical examination in regards to your complaints.
You will normally be asked to remove relevant areas of clothing and perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use their examination to identify any points of dysfunction or excessive strain throughout certain structures.
The osteopath may need additional investigations such as x-rays or blood tests. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plans to be developed with you. Osteopathy is a patient centred approach which means the treatment is geared to you as an individual.
Most people consults their osteopath privately. However, and increasing number of patients work with GP practices so that it may be possible for your doctor to refer you to an osteopath on the NHS.
Most private health care insurance schemes give benefit for osteopathic treatment. Some companies Will reimburse the total fee that you have paid to the osteopath, some only a percentage. Most companies require a GP or specialist referral. All insurance companies have helplines to explain your actual benefits and methods of claiming.
Osteopathy and patient protection
Osteopaths are highly trained to recognise and treat many causes of pain. Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and manual treatment which is recognised by the British Medical Association as a discrete clinical discipline.
For the last 60 years, osteopaths have worked within a system of voluntary regulation that sets standards of training and practice. In 1993, osteopathy became the first major complimentary healthcare profession to be accorded statutory regulation under the 1993 Osteopaths act. This has been culminated in the opening of the statutory register of osteopaths by the general osteopathic Council in May 1998. Only those practitioners able to show that they have been in safe and competent practice of osteopathy will you be allowed to gain entry onto the register and in the future all osteopaths will be trained to the same high rigourous standards. All osteopaths will have medical malpractice insurance and to follow a strict code of conduct. Patients will have the same safeguards as when currently they consult a doctor or dentist.
For further information on pain relief and osteopathy please contact our friendly clinic on 07966 317712, Or alternatively visit our website at www.dynamicosteopaths.com.
Dynamic Osteopaths are currently practicing out of Henley in Arden Warwickshire, Solihull and Harborne Birmingham. Offering treatment for pain relief, back pain, and joint pain.