Osteopathy is a non-invasive, drug free treatment methodology that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes your joints, muscles and spine.
How Does Osteopathy Benefit Our Bodies
Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems through massage and manipulation of the muscles and bones. Tensions and restrictions in bodily movements, stiffness and other ailments can build up over time from repetitive stresses and can seriously affect your ability to move freely, to feel comfortable and relaxed with your body - which can lead to pain, fatigue and even emotional issues such as depression and anxiety.
Our osteopath, Niall Wafer, will diagnose and work through these biomechanical inefficiencies, such as joint stiffness, muscle fatigue and other tensions, to promote recovery, increased mobility and ultimately general wellbeing across the entire body.
Osteopathy and Podiatry Synergy
Currently health care as a whole treats pathological conditions, such as sports injuries, as though they are caused by a single inciting event, e.g. a knee injury during a rugby tackle.
In reality, these one-off injuries are not as common as injuries that develop from overuse. Injuries are usually due to an upset in the equilibrium between stability and mobility, e.g. too much stability (which is the same as joint stiffness/decreased flexibility) and not enough mobility, or the opposite: too much mobility (excessive motion of joint/s) and not enough stability/strength.
The joints and the muscles in the body do not function as isolated units, but rather function together in a unified manner. Joint dysfunction at one segment will cause a direct compensatory impact on the joints and muscles below or above. For example, excessive foot motion (over-pronation) can lead to knee/hip/back pathology. Similarly, pelvic instability can lead to excessive lower limb motion and excess loading through the feet. Another example is scoliosis, which can lead to pressure differences going through each foot and cause them to undergo different motions.
This is why the synergy of podiatry and osteopathy is of paramount importance.
We holistically and collectively look at the body as a system and a complete entity. We look for the biomechanical inefficiencies in the system and treat them from a multidisciplinary perspective. Treating the patient in this manner leads to greater positive outcomes than treating an individuals injury as an isolated causative factor.