First coined by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. The term osteopathy comes from the Greek for bone (osteon) and suffering (pathos). Osteopathy was first thought to have been introduced to the UK by John Martin Littlejohn, who became a student of Still’s whilst out in the United States.
The direct definition of osteopathy as stated by the Institute of Osteopathy is: “A method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.”
Osteopaths generally work with their hands and will in most cases develop a bespoke treatment plan for your individual condition or injury, however, the main forms of treatment will generally include.
Articulation & joint manipulation
This involves a passive movement of the skeletal joint with the intention of achieving a therapeutic effect. Articulation is usually carried out at slow to moderate intensity and within a short range of movement, this is to allow the bodies natural lubrication system, synovial fluid, to embalm the area and help increase the range of movement or reduce pain or both.
Massage to help improve tissue health
Massage can be beneficial for both pain relief and to help with flexibility and range of motion. It can do this by relaxing the muscles, which can reduce nerve compression and as a result reduce pain. The increased stimulation of the area can also lead to improved circulation thanks to the increased blood flow, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to the area which can have a positive effect on inflammation.
Stretching helping to restore tissue structure
Have you ever been sat still for a long period of time and then had a good old stretch and felt good? Well, that’s because stretching helps to reduce muscular tension, improve circulation and increase the range of motion in the joints. In a similar fashion, a regular session of stretching can help with long-term skeletomuscular issues.
Osteopathy can be used to help treat a range of health issues including but not limited to back pain and sciatica. Sports-related injuries, such as tennis elbow and even conditions relating to the digestion and postural problems.
If your struggling with pain in your back or a sports-related injury and you’re based in the west midlands area then pay a visit to the Central Chiropractic Clinic. We will assess your condition and formulate a treatment plan based on your individual needs.