What does Osteopathy treatment involve?

Osteopathic treatment often combines practical exercises such as stretches and techniques such as massage. Each individual is different and the treatment will be designed to suit the specific individual; young children and the elderly will be treated in a different way to professional sports players, for example.

The majority of treatments are carried out by hand; usually this involves massaging the muscles in order to ease tension and may also include techniques known as spine cracking and manipulative therapy; these methods are commonly used to correct poor alignment or function of the joints and can improve the range of movement as well as aiding general posture. Stiffness will also be reduced by these procedures.

Treatment is often coupled with practical advice which may concern the type of lifestyle a patient leads, their diet and practicalities such as what kind of mattress they have or the type of chair they sit at when at work.

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