Osteopathy emphasizes the physical manipulation of the bones and muscle tissue of the body. A practitioner who performs osteopathy is referred as an osteopath. Osteopathic manipulation is the core of the set techniques in osteopathy.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way to detect, treat, and prevent health using some physical manipulation techniques, such as:
These techniques target the joints and muscles in the body. Osteopathy is based on the principle of the well-being of an individual, depending on these parts:
- connective tissue
The physical manipulation technique used in osteopathy aims of:
- Increasing joints mobility
- Reducing pain
- Relieving muscle tension
- Helping body heals
- Boosting blood supply to tissues
Osteopaths use a range of techniques and not surgery or medicines. In the United Kingdom, osteopathy is a health profession that is regulated by UK law.
When to use osteopathy?
People should see an osteopath who asks for help to address conditions affecting the bones, joints, and muscles, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Uncomplicated neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Problems with hips, legs, and pelvis
- Muscle and joint pains
If you ask whether osteopathy works with pregnant, the answer is yes. If you are pregnant, ensure that you seek advice from a midwife or general practitioner about the symptoms before seeing an osteopath. You should see a practitioner that specializes in osteopathy for pregnancy.
The effectiveness of osteopathy
Techniques used in osteopathy focused on manual therapy, which are general techniques, such as spinal manipulation. These are manual therapy techniques used by chiropractors, physiotherapists, and osteopaths. The NICE guidelines to manage sciatica and lower back pain recommend manual therapy, which is osteopathy is the best treatment option. Manual therapy is a possible treatment for osteoarthritis, even though this physical manipulation is not mentioned in some studies and research.
Many osteoarthritis patients have been using osteopathy to address the pain they are suffering, and it works. There are some pieces of evidence suggesting osteopathy can be an effective treatment for some types of shoulder, lower-limb, and neck pain, including:
- recovery rafter hip
- knee operations
There is no scientific or limited evidence showing the efficacy of this treatment for conditions unrelated to muscles and bones, including:
- Digestive disorders
- Period pain
- Glue ear
- Colic (excessive crying in babies)
- Scoliosis ( curvature of spine abnormality)
These conditions are said to be treated by osteopathy. Although there is no hard evidence and studies regarding the efficacy of osteopathy to address all these health conditions, still, many people rely on manual therapy. When they take osteopathy, they feel at ease, and the pain felt gets eliminated. Many are still believing in the efficacy of osteopathy over medicines and some other types of treatment like surgery, which can be so risky.