This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care and is very popular around the world. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, instead use a global assessment and manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Osteopaths provide a mechanical treatment that can help with:
· Back and neck pain
· Pain in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendonitis and muscle strains
· Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
· Sports-related injuries
· General musculoskeletal conditions
•Osteopaths frequently work as part of a multidisciplinary team to treat a number of chronic conditions, particularly related to musculoskeletal conditions, including maintaining mobility or rehabilitation associated with arthritis, Patient exhibiting mobility problems or postural problems. Once a disease of an older population, arthritis is commonly effecting the joints of younger people. .·
As part of our service we have University trained Exercise Scientists (a new profession to India) who work in collaboration with the Sportsmed physiotherapists to deliver exercise advice that complements the treatment. Exercise is a key component to the reinforcement of treatment outcomes.
Postural strains seem to contribute enormously to many musculoskeletal problems in day to day life. Osteopathy combined with Physiotherapy and Exercise Science can play a preventative role in people maintaining their active lifestyles.
What to expect
This treatment is very different to your previous experiences with physical therapy. We don’t just look where it hurts. The treatment may be delivered by multiple practitioners, as we may need more than one set of hands to provide a head to toe approach.
We watch how you stand, we may watch you walk, assessing your gait and your balance is integral to your diagnosis. We may film your walk to monitor your progress.
To identify the problem areas of the body we may move you, twist you and palpate (press softly or sometimes firmly) to attempt to reproduce your pain.
Muscles will be stretched or released with finger pressure. Joints may be carefully manipulated to improve their movement.
Balance and body symmetry is important to move well and safely. Poor balance and weakness can increase the risk of falling over or simply effect your body performance. Our Exercise Scientist can assess your strength and balance and design a simple take home exercise plan for which will complement the treatment given by the Osteopath.