What Can You Expect From Your Osteopathic Treatment

Osteopathy, a form of medicine, is based on the idea that disorders in the musculoskeletal systems can affect other parts of the body. This causes many disorders that can then be treated using various manipulative techniques along with traditional medical surgical and pharmacological procedures. Gentle manipulations of the body are used – small movements and stretches – to loosen tight areas and restore normal motion to “stuck” or stiff joints. Osteopathy is not Chiropractic. While some of the treatments might look the same, they are very different on many levels. Osteopathic treatment can be tailored to your individual needs.

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What to expect after an Osteopathic treatment

Many people feel better after experiencing some pain relief in the area they were suffering from. The effects of the treatment usually last for several days. We will encourage you to take it easy and rest after treatment. Even if you are not experiencing pain, it will give your body time to heal properly.

After any type of physical therapy, Osteopathic care included, it is common to feel tired or have some other symptoms. Sometimes, the symptoms can get worse before they improve. This is usually within the first 24-48 hours.

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What is a post-treatment reaction

Post-treatment reactions are the uncomfortable or achy sensations that may occur following treatment. This should subside within a few days. This is due to your body adapting to any changes made during treatment.

Your Osteopath should be contacted if you are concerned or if your pain is getting worse. We prefer that you call us to tell us how you are feeling. Sometimes we can tell you what to do and not do to help ease your irritations. Sometimes, we might even conclude that the problem is a separate treatment. In these cases, your practitioner may refer you to someone who can further examine.

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What should you do if you have a reaction after osteopathic treatment

Your condition may dictate that you use a heat pack, cold packs, or some stretching to aid your recovery. Your condition should recover quicker if you follow the advice given to you. Your Osteopath can clarify any advice they gave you if you are not sure or if you feel it is not helping your recovery.

Patients may feel stiff for up to 24 hours after treatment. This is similar to when they exercise. For a brief time, some patients may experience a headache. Patients older than 50 may experience side effects such as severe pain, rib fractures in osteoporosis patients, numbness and tingling. These side effects should be reported to the osteopath or physician.

Many patients wonder how many treatments are necessary to feel better. This is often difficult to answer once the first treatment has been completed. Depending on the individual’s condition, lifestyle, age, and level of activity, treatment time and duration can vary. We will give you a better prognosis based on how you respond to the treatments.