Muscular Aches, Pains and Strains
General aches, pains and strains can be a part of general everyday life, however ongoing persistent occurrence of these problems can lead to a multitude of problems. The body is conditioned to avoid pain were possible and by doing so the body may compensate to avoid feelings of pain. For example, a ‘twisted’ knee or an ankle sprain may lead to a lighter step when walking on the affected side, muscles may weaken further through a reduction in use and may shorten and stiffen through not being fully stretched.
It is important general aches, pains and strains are tackled before they can cause profound or lasting damage to the muscles and other body systems. An osteopath is well trained to detect, treat and advise on specific problems that may be causing your symptoms. Some of the issues you might be suffering from (weaknesses/muscle imbalance etc) may be so minimal you are not even aware of these yourself! Following assessment, your osteopath can offer a range of sessions combining sports massage, stretches and strengthening exercises to restore any muscle or soft tissue imbalances that could be contributing to the symptoms.
To target the site of pain, a course of acupuncture may also be appropriate. Acupuncture at the London Osteopathy clinic works to improves circulation by bringing blood and lymph to the treated area. It is believed acupuncture may also be able to stimulate the sensory nerve under the skin in turn releasing chemicals such as pain-relieving endorphins, during a session which stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, ultimately leading to a reduction in pain levels. As mentioned on the NHS website, a course of acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal conditions. It is advisable that a course of acupuncture should be undertaken rather than a single session to produce maximal benefits and improvements in pain.
The London Osteopathy clinic has three separate bases, all offering a variety of friendly, professional treatments including acupuncture. The locations are central London, Beckenham and Holborn.
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.