When do you need an osteopath?
When is an osteopath needed?
If you have ever experienced back pain, I am convinced that you had in mind to see a specialist who could help you. That’s why you opened a google page and came up with several titles such as: Massage, spine therapy, chiropractic, chiropractic massage, craniosacral therapy and finally osteopathy. This last option sounds different, but … what is it?
Then you decide to click and start reading. This is how you learn that osteopathy successfully deals with back pain, improves quality of life and has the ability to help you with your back problems. Nothing easier. Exactly what you wanted! Open a new page and look for an osteopath.
How to choose an osteopath?
Well, although no one has told you, there are several types of osteopaths, depending on how they treat patients. There are different osteopathy schools that embrace certain therapeutic concepts and educate their students as such.
But before we talk about it, let’s understand what an osteopath does. In the simplest way possible, in Europe, the osteopath is a doctor in manual medicine. He performs a therapeutic act with his hands, using specific osteopathic techniques and having the role of: eliminating pain, restoring mobility, mobilizing anatomical structures such as joints, fascia(connective tissues), etc. Osteopaths choose these techniques according to the 2 major schools of osteopathy, namely structural or cranial osteopathy.
What is structural osteopathy? What to expect during such treatment?
Structural osteopathy has a direct approach to their joints, muscles, origin and insertions, etc. So if you choose such an osteopath you will benefit from biomechanical tests, muscle tests etc, and finally the treatment itself will be based on the dysfunctions found by the osteopath. At the end of the treatment you may receive a set of exercises and even recommendations to follow until the next session. The treatment of such an osteopath will be specific, that is, around the pain you are accusing, as well as general, treating the possible causes that led to that pain or dysfunction.
What is cranial osteopathy? What to expect during such treatment?
Cranial osteopathy is a very gentle type of osteopathy that is no worse than structural osteopathy, but it works very gently with your body, being focused on the gentle movement of the fascia and treating them. This type of osteopathy, however, requires the osteopath a great refinement to feel the fascial movement and determine its dysfunctions.
Not many osteopaths are endowed with such palpatory ability. But an osteopath gifted with knowledge and attention, will manage to track the facial movements and correct them. These osteopaths provide support to the fascial system, a support that your body will use to regain balance and enter homeostasis, where the body will regain its health with its own strengths. Stimulating this mechanism is the main work of both osteopaths. Putting the body into homeostasis and stimulating its self-healing function.
Regardless of the school your osteopath comes from, and the type of osteopathy you practice, it is important that when you meet an osteopath you ask critical questions to understand how your body works.
In this way you will understand what happens during an osteopathic treatment, and the osteopath will be able to facilitate the treatment you need along with the anatomical and physiological functional explanations. This approach will definitely give you the desired fruits, both in terms of the treatment you will receive and the development of a trusting relationship with your osteopath. When you go to the osteopath, I suggest you have an open attitude, leaving room for your curiosity to animate the discussion between you and the osteopath. Do not forget that any therapeutic relationship is created over time and constructive cooperation is always required.