28 Jun Osteopathy And Pain
As osteopaths we are highly trained to deal with a multitude of musculoskeletal conditions. On a day-to-day basis we see clients in the clinic with some form of MSK ailment.
MSK ailments cover a wide range of issues such as:
- back pain,
- neck pain,
- shoulder pain,
- herniated discs,
- pregnancy-related complaints,
- symptoms brought on by arthritis and osteoporosis,
- sports injuries,
- bursitis, and
Our training teaches us to look for the root cause of the problem which then enables us to diagnose patient’s symptoms appropriately. Looking at the underlying issue helps us to understand what is wrong with the body, why it has happened, how to manage the problem and to help prevent it from reoccurring. We will also provide patients with pain relief techniques and exercises to do at home. In extremely severe cases we will refer you to a specialist to treat your condition, as well as get you a referral for the appropriate medication should you need it.
All musculoskeletal ailments often present with pain, regardless of whether it is acute or chronic. A huge part of our job is to understand pain and its impact on patients, as each patient’s experience of pain both physically and mentally will be different. Experiencing pain negatively affects our ability to work or perform daily tasks, as the pain not only affects the body physically but mentally too, affecting concentration levels for example.
Pain can present in many different ways. Some patients may experience pain as a sharp throbbing pain, while others will experience it as a dull ache. The pain may be intermittent or constant. Some patients may notice that the pain is aggravated by movement, while others may report pain occurring when they stay in one position for a long period of time. Furthermore, other patients may notice that their pain is aggravated when lifting an object regardless of it’s weight.
Here at OsteoVision we ensure that the treatment of acute pain, chronic pain, and referred pain, is tailored specifically to each patient and their complaint. This is because each patient is different and everybody deals with pain differently.
As osteopaths we:
- use manual hands-on therapies and techniques to relieve muscle and joint pain, as well as stretch and strengthen the injured areas of the body;
- can give advice on ice or heat therapy for the injury and whether it is needed;
- may provide nutritional advice that may help speed up recovery; and
- prescribe stretches and exercises to do at home to help manage the pain if appropriate for the injury.
Here at OsteoVision our osteopaths can help alleviate pain by using manipulation, massage and other musculoskeletal techniques which are all designed to improve the mobility and function of the injured area.
Our team of specialists are always available to assist you and offer advice. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your symptoms, have any questions, would like to book an appointment or require more information about your condition.
St Kilda Osteopathy, 2019. Pain Relief – Osteopathic Way – St Kilda Osteopathy. [online] Available at: Pain Relief the Osteopathic Approach [Accessed 29 January 2022].