It is said that everything with an advantage also has its disadvantages. With the emergence of technology, work has been made easier and is normally completed faster. All this is thanks to modern machinery. This means that tasks are completed way before schedule and with little to no effort. But at what cost? Technology has led people to live a sedentary lifestyle and this has brought about a lot of health complications in majority of the people. They use vehicles to travel everywhere; even short distances that they can walk to and those working in offices are always sitting in front of their computers with minimal movement. Bottom line is, people are rarely getting any form of physical exercise nowadays and it is taking a toll on their physical health.
Who is an osteopath?
One of the health complications that come with this kind of lifestyle is aching bones, especially back and leg pain. At this point, one may need a high quality osteopath who can properly diagnose the exact cause of the problem and this is none other than Balmain Osteopaths. Here, we deal with all problems related to your skeleton and bones. We treat all forms of back pain, arthritis, leg pain among others. An osteopath is a medical professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating problems associated with joints, muscle and the spine. Osteopathy is a drug-free non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a complementary therapy and it is used alongside convectional treatment to improve health. It is mostly done through manual ‘hands-on’ techniques in order to improve circulation and correct the altered biomechanics of the body without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The main difference between an osteopath and a general practitioner is that the former does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems and provide overall wellbeing. The technique of diagnosing and treating the conditions is known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. In order to support the manual treatment, an osteopathic physician may also prescribe medicine and use surgical procedures.
Uses of osteopathy
Apart from the common musculoskeletal problems like back and leg pain, osteopathy also helps alleviate some other symptoms such as; neck, shoulder, knee and hip pain and also postural conditions brought about by pregnancy, sport injuries or even work stress. Since osteopathic procedure is mostly hands-on, a physical examination needs to be done and this may necessitate the patient to remove some clothing. The examination normally takes between 1-2 hours upon which the patient is asked to demonstrate some stretches and movements in order to enable the doctor make an accurate diagnosis. Afterwards, the osteopath will assess the health of the tissues, joints, and ligaments by palpation which is a technique of touch.
Lifestyle changes in conjunction with osteopathy
Depending on the patient’s condition, the osteopath will then propose a treatment plan. This may involve several other sessions of osteopathy and since this form of treatment focuses on self-healing, the patient may be asked to make lifestyle changes in terms of diet and physical fitness.