02 Jul WHAT TO DO AFTER RECEIVING OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT
Commonly, osteopathy is not a painful practice, although it is possible for many people to often experience soreness after receiving osteopathic treatment. This is referred to as a post treatment reaction, and is a normal response as it enables the body’s healing process. This pain can signify an increase of blood flow, mobilization and the removal of toxins and waste products from the affected area.
The soreness may occur for many reasons. It could be because you were sore before your appointment and that ache has not yet fully subsided. Or perhaps your osteopath has moved your body in a certain way, that the body was not able to move in for a long period of time, and those muscles and joints are still a bit stiff. Another cause for the pain could be that your body has not been able to remove waste products from the stiff area, and with the increased movement to the area allowing for the drainage, the removed waste products can cause inflammation to occur.
If you are feeling any pain or stiffness after your osteopathic treatment, try the following:
- Drink lots of water, as this will help to flush out any waste products that were released from the tissues during treatment.
- Attempt gentle stretching and movement exercises which are useful to help keep the body’s joints and muscles moving. Make sure to ask your osteopath for the appropriate exercises and stretches.
- Relaxation exercises such as deep breathing or conscious awareness may be prescribed to help reduce stress. Stress can prevent the body from healing itself by decreasing blood flow.
- Use a magnesium cream. Topical magnesium has been shown to increase cellular magnesium levels. Magnesium is needed for healthy muscle relaxation, which allows for better lymphatic drainage and prevents the build-up of waste products and toxins in the joints and muscles.
- Taking a bath with Epsom salt can ease your pain and stiffness. The Epsom salts contain magnesium which is a muscle relaxant and the hot water can help to relax the nervous system. Dissolve ½ to 1 cup of Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Make sure to have a glass of water with you as Epsom salts can you to dehydrate a little.
If you are concerned that your pain is significantly worse, you should contact your osteopath and let them know as they will be able to tell you what you should or should not do to relieve the irritations you are experiencing. In some cases, it may become evident that the pain you are experiencing is separate from the treatment already received, with extra attention being needed from either your osteopath or GP.
At OsteoVision, we are able to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. 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 if you require more information about your condition.