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Osteopathy Techniques - Know More About Them!

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Dr. Anuradha SharmaPhysiotherapist • 16 Years Exp.MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, BPTh/BPT
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Osteopathic techniques

An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself.
They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques.
Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient and the symptoms they have reported.

These include:

  • Massage – to release and relax muscles
     
  • Stretching stiff joint
     
  • Articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motio
     
  • High-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles


These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.

  • Osteopathy isn't usually painful, although it's not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you're having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.
  • Your osteopath will explain whether you're likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your osteopath.
  • You may be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms from returning or getting worse.
  • In general, the first appointment will last about 45 minutes to an hour. Further treatments last around 30 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on your symptoms.
In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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