It is extremely common to experience pain during the menstrual cycle, however, when that pain is recurring and starts to become excessive it can have long term social implications in daily life including at work. It may be beneficial to seek help from an osteopath to help to manage and potentially alleviate the agonising symptoms that can be brought on by your menstrual cycle. The London Osteopathy clinic is able to offer extensive experience dealing discreetly with menstruation problems including dysmenorrhea (severe pain before or during the menstrual cycle), abdominal cramps and bloating, associated headaches and other hormonal related issues.
Without an underlying condition, general period pain is thought to arise from the contraction of the womb to shed the womb lining. As the womb contracts, blood vessels are compressed which temporarily cuts off blood and oxygen supply to the womb, without oxygen the tissues release chemicals that further trigger pain. Osteopathy treatment is therefore centered around increasing blood flow to the uterus and ensuring the diaphragm muscle is working optimally. Manual techniques to improve lymphatic and venous drainage away from the pelvis may be utilised to reduce congestion in the area. An important component of treatment is to ensure the mechanics of the pelvic floor, hips, sacrum, sacroiliac joints, spine and ribs are working in conjunction with one another. If appropriate your osteopath will also look into the nervous system supplying the pelvic organs as this may also become compressed during menstruation.
Acupuncture may also be able to effectively treat some of the conditions related to women’s health, including polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, difficultly conceiving and hot flushes experienced as part of the menopause. An osteopath will be able to best advise you on the treatment course most appropriate for your condition and symptoms.
Throughout your treatment at the London Osteopathy clinic, you will be offered specialist advice concerning diet, exercise, stress management, posture and lifestyle changes that may simultaneously improve your symptoms along with your physical osteopathy sessions. The London Osteopathy clinic has sites across London, including Beckenham, Holborn and Central London.
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.