Insomnia has a high prevalence in the adult population, difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night or the inability to get back to sleep after waking up are the symptoms of insomnia. Consequentially sufferers will find they feel tired and irritable during the day as well as have difficulty concentrating. The negative effects may adversely affect your ability to carry out normal everyday activities or may even disrupt your work.
Studies have shown that sleep plays a vital part in fending off disease and illnesses. Although the odd night’s sleep will not harm your health, long term sleep disruption can have a profound effect on physical and mental wellbeing, with a lack of sleep being linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Common causes of insomnia include mental health factors (stress, anxiety and depression), too much noise, uncomfortable surroundings such as a hot or cold room or an uncomfortable mattress, dietary factors including caffeine, nicotine or alcohol consumption. Shift work, jet lag and certain illnesses are also known to be frequent causes.
Osteopathy sessions offered at the Holborn, Beckenham or central London sites can help you to identify underlying reasons you may be suffering from insomnia. Detailed and helpful advice will be offered by your professional osteopath to assist you to manage the problems leading to your insomnia.
Physical osteopathy sessions are a great tool to promote relaxation through stretching, massage or strengthening of muscles. Due to the gentle nature of the treatments, the nervous system is not overstimulated as not to exacerbate symptoms further. Any symptoms of pain which could be contributing to your restlessness can be dealt with during the sessions with a focus on a complete holistic approach of musculoskeletal, neurological and vascular systems to provide optimal health and restore correct biomechanics which may otherwise by interfering with sleep patterns.
The London Osteopathy clinics are also able to offer pilates and sports massage sessions which can further help ease symptoms of insomnia, your clinician will discuss your suitability for these sessions following your initial assessment.
Osteopathy for Arthritis
The goal of osteopathy treatment in relation to arthritis is to reduce any imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. Following a thorough assessment at one of the three London Osteopathy clinics, your treatment will be tailor-made to your individual requirements. This may include a variety of gentle movements, stretching, massage and manipulation of the affected joints.
These techniques aim to relieve muscle tension and pain whilst working to improve joint flexibility. Work may be done on surrounding joints to take the stress and strain off the affected area, ensuring that loading of the joints through activities such as walking is as equal as possible.
The increased blood and lymph supply to the treated area can optimise healing to the joint and surrounding tissues, following several session you may notice a reduction in pain and an overall improvement of function in your everyday activities. With the reduction in symptoms, many patients can increase general fitness through activity and lifestyle changes which can further improve health and therefore breaking the cycle of inactivity and pain avoidance.
Your osteopath will be able to provide home exercises and positive, friendly advice in regards to posture, balance and nutrition to enable you to self manage your condition confidently and effectively.