Osteopathic Manipulation

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

What is Osteopathic Manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a system of diagnosis and treatment that is beneficial for a wide range of medical conditions, including those that effect the spine, muscles, joints and other systems of the body. It takes an holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, which enables the practitioner to understand the root cause of a persons pain, injury or illness. Osteopathic manipulative therapy includes manual techniques such as massage, manipulation, mobilization, and often includes advice on exercise, lifestyle and nutrition.

  • Treatment for spine, muscle and joints complaints

  • Understand the root cause of pain, injury or illness

  • Techniques include massage, manipulation and mobilization

How Can Osteopathic Manipulation Help You?

Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulative therapy takes a hands on approach to diagnosis and treatment, aiming to identify and treat areas of dysfunction that are often distant from the site of pain, injury or illness. Many practitioners believe where the pain is, the problem is not, and therefore, aim to identify and treat the root cause. Many practitioners believe in treating the whole person, and therefore, the effects from osteopathic manipulation can be far reaching. Practitioners aim to influence a persons physcological health (mind), biological health (body), and sociological health (spirit).

  • Treat the whole person, not specific conditions

  • Consider a persons biopshycosocial health

  • Where the pain is, the problem is not

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Osteopathic Manipulation FAQ’s

The osteopathic approach to a persons health is very unique. However, with that uniqueness comes curiosity and questions about osteopathy and the role of the practitioner. Common questions include, what is the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor? do osteopaths only treat the spine? and, why do osteopaths make joints click? Below we answer these frequently asked questions, we hope you find it helpful. However, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to Contact us.

The profession of Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by a medical doctor named Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). Chiropractic was established some years later in 1897 by a magnetic healer named Daniel David Palmer (1845-1913). Both professions use manipulative therapy, the process of manipulating the spine, muscles, joints and other systems of the body in order to prevent and treat pain, injury and illness. Despite differing philosophies between the two professions in the early years, today’s osteopaths and chiropractors tend to work very much the same. The difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor often depends on the style of the individual practitioner, and not necessarily what profession they belong to.

Osteopaths specialize in many types of medical conditions including those that effect the movement system. The movement system is comprised of all the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments and is under direct control from the central nervous system. The central nervous system is the command center of the human body, whilst the cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic and other systems make movement possible. It is through the assessment, treatment and manipulation of these systems that osteopaths are able to restore optimal health and function (Homeostasis).

Some osteopaths utilise a form of joint mobilisation called manipulation, also known as high velocity low amplitude thrust. Osteopaths use this technique in order to restore movement and function to the spine, joints and other areas of the body. In addition to restoring movement and function, manipulation helps to reduce pain. When an area of the spine or other peripheral joint is mobilised with this technique it can sometimes, but not always, result in an audible cracking sound.

Our page what to expect covers this topic in detail. It covers everything you can expect from first and follow up appointments.

If you would like to learn more about Osteopathy, you may like to visit the General Osteopathic Council; the voluntary regulator for Osteopaths in the UK.

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