Techniques and approaches used in osteopathy
Osteopaths are geared with a great range of techniques to address many structures in the body. Your osteopath can be work on your muscles, ligaments, joints, fascia, organs, and the nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems.
The osteopathic treatment is not just aimed at pain relief, but also at correction, prevention and optimal health. Treatment plans are honed to your exact needs, biotype, psychosocial status, as well as your wants and expectations’. This means the treatment plan is specific to you.
Preventative and maintenance treatment is also very important in osteopathic health-care, to maintain good health and preventing injury or reoccurrence of injury. This is achieved by increasing your body’s range of movement, mobility, and strength, your body is able to perform its physiological functions at an improved level, meaning you can be optimally health, not just relatively healthy.
Your treatment plan may combine any of the following osteopathic approaches:
Structural treatments are based on soft tissue and manipulation techniques. Soft tissue work can include massage, muscle energy techniques, balancing ligamentus tension, and myofascial work. Manipulation may include joint articulation, mobilisation and traction of joints. There are many studies that demonstrate that these techniques work for low back and neck pain, as well as for post-operative hip and knee rehabilitation.