Blog produced by Joe Catton, registered Osteopath and member of the Barnet Osteopathy Team at Bodylogics The Sports Therapy Clinic. Joe takes a look at what Osteopathy is and explains its many benefits that you can expect to experience through any of his treatments or those of our other Team members.
Osteopathy and its benefits???
Did you know that issues with muscles, bones and joints are one of the biggest causes of sick leave in the UK. The good news is that Osteopaths are expertly trained to deal with a wide range of these issues. So, whatever you are suffering with why not give us a call to find out how we can help you. Early intervention and management can help you recover quicker, remain active and stay healthy, to ensure you can do whatever it is that you love doing.
But what is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system that uses manual therapy to treat a wide range of issues that can affect the body and musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths are allied health professionals that are taught to diagnose the problem by taking a detailed case history of the presenting complaint as well as your past medical history. Your osteopath will then conduct a thorough examination of the body. It is common to request that patients dress down to appropriate clothing so we can see the body and assess how it is moving as well as palpating the muscles and tissues to find restrictions and imbalances in the body.
This assessment allows us to diagnose the issue by considering all the symptoms in the context of each patients medical history, lifestyle and personal circumstances. By using this holistic approach, the treatment plan can be tailored for each patient.
How does Osteopathy work?
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has the ability to be able to heal itself and we aim to restore the optimal functioning of the body without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathic treatment uses a range of techniques which include soft tissue massage, movement and articulation of the joints as well as manipulation. This can help:
- Decrease areas of tension
- Reduce pain in muscles and stiffness in joints
- Reduce restrictions and improve joint mobility
- Increase the blood flow and circulation around the body which helps the body to regulate and heal itself.
In addition to the treatment provided during the session, osteopaths will prescribe rehabilitation exercises to help stretch or strengthen specific muscles to improve the movement and mobility of the body to help reduce the risk of future injuries.
How can we help you at Bodylogics?
We are a group of experienced and specialist Osteopaths who, together, form an advanced team of care professionals. Each of our Team specialise in certain areas and we have a Team member who can help with your needs. From acute injury to post operative rehabilitation advice, our Team can get you to your end goal in the quickest time possible. If you wish to speak with a member of our Team then please feel free to contact us and an Osteopath will get back to you shortly to see how we can assist you.