What will the osteopath do in treatment?
Osteopathy is not painful and is commonly very relaxing, patients do however occasionally describe a ‘good pain’ whilst working on areas which are particularly tight and in need of deeper work, this will always be well within your pain threshold.
It is common to feel a little achy for up to 24 hours following treatment as the joints and muscles adapt to being released, and adjust to a better posture. This is normal and considered a positive process. During this time it is advised that you do not take too much exercise or strenuous activity, to allow the body time to release fully.
Techniques you may experience at Barnes Osteopaths:
Cranial osteopathy, which is very gentle indeed and involves holding a part of the body (often the head or the sacrum), allows the body to resolve old patterns of tension and restricted patterns of movement. This approach is well recognised now as being suitable for all ages including newborns and children and in all stages in pregnancy.
Other techniques include:
- Gentle rhythmic movement of joints known as articulation to help improve the range of movement in the joints
- Soft tissue techniques, which can feel similar to massage but are always specific to certain muscles, tendons or ligaments to change or relieve tensions in specific areas rather than routine based massage that you might have experienced in the past
- Unwinding and gentle release techniques, these can be performed on all soft tissues including the supporting structures to organs as well as muscles tendons and ligaments and joints
- Manipulation of joints, often with an audible click, is from time to time appropriate. This technique is pain free, and is only undertaken with a fulsome explanation and the patient’s consent