Whats An Osteopath and How Can Osteopathy Help Me

Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.

What Is An Osteopath Good For

The osteopathic physician focuses on the joints, muscles, and spine. Osteopathic intervention can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, digestive issues, and postural problems. Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms. How to find the Best Osteopath in Central London

Are Osteopath, Chiropractor & Physiotherapist All The Same

Osteopaths focus on patients who are experiencing pain or injury – these could include back pain, leg pain, sports injuries or work-related strains or tensions. Osteopaths work on the body as a whole. Physiotherapists monitor the improvement of specific muscle groups or parts of the body. Chiropractors use different techniques to treat problems with the muscles and joints, but still specifically the area that has been injured.

How Can An Osteopath Help Me

Osteopaths can treat many conditions from helping with constant headaches to sprained, twisted muscles or joints. They look at the body as a whole, let’s take a knee injury, ache pain. The osteopath would build up the history on how you first encountered injury. Is it the first time you have had this specific injury or is it a recurring injury. A lot of runners do have recurring injuries and especially knees

Common causes of knee pain

Movement injuries or falls when playing sports or everyday tasks can cause local pain and tenderness. In which case it is more than likely you have either strained or torn your leg muscles. Moreover your tendons may have become inflamed (tendinitis) or caused a ligament strain or ligament tear. Irritated or torn the shock absorbers of your knee (menscisus).

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is particularly common with runners. When you walk or run ideally there should be a smooth gliding motion of the knee cap (patella) over the shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur). When there is more tension in the muscles on the outside of thigh compared to the inside thigh muscles. This will cause the knee cap to drag across to the outside when running which causes friction and pain.

Knee Osteo Arthritis (OA) is the breakdown of the bone and cartilage, causing pain and stiffness. It is more common with the elderly population and can be debilitating.

Knee Treatments From An Osteopath

An osteopath will provide hands on treatment aimed to reduce pressure onto your knee. Your whole posture will be addressed to get other areas moving more freely (typically upper back, hips and ankles) to reduce pressure onto your knee to distribute the forces more evenly.

A combination of muscular stretching, joint articulations and joint manipulations (only when appropriate) techniques will be used to increase the functionality of movement and reduce pain. You will be advised on how best to self manage your tensions. You will be given both muscular stretching and strengthening exercises. Also lifestyle and basic nutrition advice to optimise healing times to support you back into activity. In these Covid-19 times it is possible to get an online consultation from your osteopath. At the Wealthy Clinic in London they also do online Nutrition Advice.

Why Is Treatment From A Osteopath Better Than A Physician

Treating the whole is always better than just treating the symptoms. Your knee injury could actually be caused from problems from your foot, your toes more specially. One case was that the runner had previously broken his second toe win martial arts. Probably being a martial artist he did not attend hospital or any form of treatment. The toe then fused together proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP) – the joint in the middle of the toe.

A Case From The Wealthy Clinic

Whilst running with little mobility in the toe at times it would cause shooting pain in the foot. This then triggered removing that foot off the road as soon as possible to stop the pain. This then caused the left leg too hit the road surface sooner than expected. The constant hammering then caused problems in the weakest link on the left leg. This could have been the hip, the lower back or ankle. However I later discovered the weakest link was the knee because of years of practicing kicks and over extending the knee joint

Treatment For This Knee Pain

After we collected all the information it was quite a simple cure. We devised some simple exercises to bring back flexibility to the food and particularly the toes. These exercises were to be done before every run and ideally at other times of the day to keep improving the movement. The second piece of advice that we gave him was just to simply invest in proper running shoes. Nothing expensive but some that gave good support and balance whilst running.

What Else Can An Osteopath Help With

Some of the conditions we can help with:

If you are ever in constant pain or have a recurring pain I highly recommend seeing an Osteopath for treatment. Our doctors just give us medicine to dull the pain and not to heal the real problem.

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