Benefits of Osteopathy

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The founder of Osteopathy (Dr Andrew Taylor Still) was famously quoted to have said:

“The only type of person who would not benefit from osteopathy is a dead one!”

Whilst he is (obviously) extremely biased towards osteopathic treatment, the benefits of osteopathy are long ranging and far reaching.

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Curing Pain

The most obvious benefit of osteopathy is the ability of osteopaths to treat pain that you experience in a way that considers you as a person and your body as a whole. Osteopathic treatment can be used to effectively reduce and cure pain that you experience in a number of different areas of your body. You might walk into your osteopathic clinic with a sore back and skip back out!

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Reducing Discomfort from Chronic Illness

Another obvious benefit of osteopathic treatment will be seen if you suffer from a chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) etc.) Your osteopath will be able to treat you in a way that alleviates your symptoms (even if they are unable to cure the disease itself. This is a massive benefit if you illness causes you to have numerous symptoms that prevent you from carrying out your hobbies or reduce your quality of life.

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Prevention

If you have just recovered from an injury or acute condition then osteopathy can be used to reduce the likelihood of your problem reoccurring. For example, if you have just recovered from a period of knee pain, your osteopath will be able to work to strengthen the structures that support your knee and retain the mobility in your joint. This will prevent you from injuring your knee in a similar way. Equally, if you have never had an injury, but have a hobby or lifestyle that puts you at risk, then osteopathic treatment could benefit you by preventing an injury. A common example of this is if you drive for long periods of time then your osteopath will be able to treat your body in a way that prevents you from developing pain in your back (which is a common complaint of people who drive for their living).

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Relaxation

Osteopathic treatment will bring you added benefits as it will give you time just to think about yourself and your body. You will probably find your consultations extremely relaxing and osteopathy is known to reduce your stress levels by increasing the efficiency of your bodies systems (such as your blood flow, nerve supply and immune system).

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