Joints and Muscle Pain
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together. Any type of joint or muscle pain can have an adverse effect on all areas of health and intervention is key to lead a healthy and active life.
Osteopathy sessions are offered by the London Osteopathy clinic at three separate sites, all easily accessible across London, with bases in central London, Holborn and Beckenham. Each site is able to offer a range of treatment packages, personalised for your individual needs, to help you to best manage the symptoms of generalised joint or muscle pain.
Combining massage techniques, stretching, joint manipulation and a rehabilitation exercise regime your osteopath can offer you a tailor-made treatment plan to both seek out the causes of the pain and appropriately treat the underlying causes. During the assessment, your osteopath may offer a range of treatments including sports massage, Pilates and acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments and advice.
- Pilates has been shown to realign structures in the body, stretching and strengthening tissues and muscles to manage and prevent body imbalances. This is a great exercise for total beginners to the more advanced, to manage and prevent pain.
- Sports massage is a very effective way to relax tense muscles and improve blood flow to speed up the recovery of injuries. Sports massages offered by the London Osteopathy clinic can focus on the identified problem areas or can offer a full-body sports massage to produce maximal benefits.
- Acupuncture is considered to be a complementary medicine in which small needles are inserted into the skin to stimulate sensory nerves. According to the NHS website, this results in the body producing pain-relieving endorphins leading to a reduction in pain levels. As stated by the NHS website a course of acupuncture usually creates longer-lasting pain relief compared to a one-off, single treatment.
As with all sessions, friendly support is provided by your osteopath to make lifestyle, exercise, postural and diet changes in order to optimise health and potentially prevent a reoccurrence of symptoms.
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.