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Demystifying Osteopathy: Answers to Top 3 Questions

Updated: Nov 13, 2023


As osteopaths, we get asked A LOT of questions. Some related to how bodies work (which is fair enough) and some about the basics of osteopathy and then there are some that really make you wander what's in some peoples morning coffee. Given that our profession is older than both chiro and physio, we really think people should have a reasonable understanding about the basics of what we do. So, in this series of blogs we will attempt to shed some light on the basic concepts of osteopathy. We have written about osteopathy generally here here and here

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What exactly does an osteopath do?

Osteopathy, as practiced by TLC in Hamilton, is deeply rooted in the principles of modern pain science. Our Hamilton Osteopaths understand that pain is a complex experience influenced by a variety of factors, including the nervous system, emotions, and even past experiences. Rather than focusing solely on structural issues, osteopaths consider the whole person and the pain experience as a dynamic process.

In addition to traditional hands-on techniques like soft tissue manipulation and joint mobilization, modern osteopaths incorporate the latest pain science knowledge. They emphasize the importance of patient education, empowering individuals to better understand their pain and how to manage it. By addressing both physical and psychological aspects of pain, our Hamilton osteopaths help you develop a more holistic approach to your well-being, focusing on pain management, rehabilitation, prevention and control.

How many sessions do you need with an osteopath?

The number of sessions you'll need with is influenced by various factors, including your condition, your body's response to treatment, and your individual goals. .

Our Osteopaths in Hamilton work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that considers not only the physical aspects but also psychological and social factors affecting your pain. The aim is to improve your overall well-being while managing and preventing future pain episodes. The number of sessions may vary, but many patients experience significant relief and progress within 4-6 sessions. If treatment exceeds this time frame, or is simply not going to plan, we will discuss your options with you. These include referral for imaging or involving your gp or other specialists.

Do Hamilton Osteopaths do cracking?

Osteopaths in Hamilton may use techniques like joint manipulation or adjustment, which can produce a cracking or popping sound. This sound is often attributed to the release of gas within the joint, similar to the sensation of cracking your knuckles.

Joint manipulation is seen as a method to influence the nervous system's response to pain. By optimizing joint mobility and function, osteopaths aim to reduce pain and improve your overall well-being. The process is typically gentle and safe when administered by our qualified osteopaths.

In summary,

Our Osteopaths in Hamilton integrate modern pain science principles to provide a comprehensive approach to managing body pain, like back pain or headaches. Osteopaths consider the complex nature of pain, incorporating both physical and psychological factors into their treatment plans. The number of sessions required varies, but the focus is on empowering you with knowledge to better manage, prevent, and improve your overall well-being. Osteopaths may employ techniques like joint manipulation to influence the nervous system's response to pain, providing gentle and effective relief.

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Written By Darryl Jenkins TLC Osteopaths Hamilton

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