Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine based on osteopathic medicine which was developed in the United States at the end of the 19th century by osteopath, Andrew Taylor Still. It focuses on manual therapy as well as exercises to improve posture and build strength for those with musculoskeletal problems.
In osteopathy, myofascial release is one of the most utilised osteopathic treatments. Myofascial release treatment helps osteopaths to treat musculoskeletal pain by manipulating fascia, which are connective tissues that surround muscles. By doing this osteopaths are able to ease stiffness and increase physical performance in their patients.
If you have osteopathic treatments regularly there are many osteopathic benefits for you. By strengthening your muscles osteopathy can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and back pain since osteopathy aims to treat the whole body rather than an individual area of it.
Osteopathy isn’t suitable for everyone though. If you have cancer, osteopaths can’t carry out osteopathic treatments as it could lead to metastasis. If you have osteoporosis the osteopathic treatment of general osteopathy might also not be suitable as osteopaths would need to treat bones with more caution.
After a osteopathic consultation, an osteopath will need your consent before beginning osteopathic treatment. Before Osteopathic treatment begins, osteopaths should inform you of osteopathic side effects that may happen. Osteopathy can also cause osteopathic contraindications which are medical conditions that osteopaths should be aware of before beginning osteopathic treatment.