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CAN OSTEOPATHY MAKE PAIN WORSE?

As professional osteopaths, it's no surprise that we're avid advocates for this therapy style and commonly reiterate its healing tendencies.

Intuitively and with a confident approach, we believe in what we do.

We revel in supporting the overall health and wellbeing of our patients.

While it probably helps that we understand the methods and well-practised techniques used in osteopathy, we're also not blind to the fact that that some clients feel hesitant seeking treatment; they fear it will only perpetuate or worsen an already irking and irritable pain.

And if you suffer from pain day-to-day, that's quite understandably the last thing you would want.
We all know that pushing our bodies' boundaries or over-stretching a muscle can trigger unwanted pain, so can osteopathy cause pain and make matters worse?

That is a fair and logical concern, and the answer is both yes and no; however, this one needs a little explaining.

We've delved into some of the possible effects below.

WHAT ARE SOME SYMPTOMS A CLIENT CAN FEEL AFTER OSTEOPATHY TREATMENT?

While pain isn't the goal or an expectation with osteopathy, there are some symptoms that you can feel after specific treatments.

Some people feel amazing or significantly better after an osteopathy appointment, and others feel a mix of fleeting symptoms.

If you do feel any symptoms, osteopathic treatments can temporarily provoke soreness in the same area or around it and general tiredness

Any onset of symptoms or an increase in pain is occasionally referred to as the rebound effect. Annoyingly, some things need to feel slightly worse before they feel 100% better. It is relatively common for symptoms to feel harsher or more pronounced before you feel any real improvements.

The rebound effect is a short-term worsening of symptoms following treatment sessions. However, this largely depends on the specific condition, the area treated, and stress management.

Unlike the immediate alleviation of pain from over-the-counter medication, osteopathy is entirely natural. With that comes a process catered to the individual.

This process is meant to help reduce pain, but it is a journey and one that can take time.

Some clients come into the office in a state of exceptional pain or are suffering from aches that have persisted far past their expiration date. So, while symptoms can last anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after your osteopathy visit, it's worth it to know that there is likely a big bright light at the end of the tunnel.

WHAT IS THE RISK OF OSTEOPATHY TREATMENT?

We know why we do what we do and how it benefits our patients' overall lifestyle. Still, if osteopathy isn't your profession or your speciality, it can be easy to worry about the increase of pain and weigh out the risks.

Any serious risks associated with osteopathy treatment are incredibly rare, and chances are highly unlikely that you'd experience anything of the sort.

In fact, the frequency of patient incidents is thought to be 1 in 36,079. So, the likeliness of experiencing a real incident or injury from osteopathy treatment is considerably low.

In comparison to day-to-day activities and the stats surrounding relatable risks, it's not one to cause worry about or forego osteopathy treatment for. Though we always urge clients to do what feels right for them and their body.

If you are particularly concerned, we're always happy to educate our clients or point them in the right direction to the answers they seek.

After all, your health is in your hands, and it's important you know every aspect and ask your practitioner all the questions you can.

And, if you'd like to know more about any potential risks and learn about comparable stats, visit The National Council for Osteopathic Research.
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WHAT DO OSTEOPATHS RECOMMEND AFTER TREATMENT?

To help our clients avoid any linked osteopathy symptoms, we recommend taking it relatively easy for the following day or two.

Here are a few tips and tricks we suggest after treatment:

  • Don't push yourself
    • A rigorous exercise class right after isn't suggested. Let your body begin to heal before you push yourself too far.
  • Stay hydrated
    • Drink plenty of water following treatment and throughout the next day. This helps the body maintain a healthy blood flow.
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath
    • Baths help us and our muscles feel calm and restored. Try adding some Epsom salts for extra respite.

To conclude the above information, yes, you may feel a brief aggravation of pain or experience minor symptoms.

Still, by the end of the treatment, the chances are high that you'll finally feel a sense of real, lasting and much-needed relief - all achieved through natural osteopathic healing.

Our advice… be strong, battle your pain head-on and work together with an osteopath to help you embrace a much more mobile and happier life.

To arrange an appointment with an osteopath or to ask us any questions about osteopathy treatments and associated pains or risks, please get in touch.
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