Osteopathy can help reduce the symptoms of chronic pain.
As Osteopathy is a patient-centred approach and each patient will be assessed and treated according to their individual needs.
Your Osteopath will not only look at any structures that may be restricted and work gentle to normalise their function but they will also consider what others factors are important for your recovery such as appropriate exercises or lifestyle factors.
Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia, have many factors at their root including previous trauma that can be physical or emotional and from as far back as childhood. Your Osteopath will take a full case history to find out what is relevant to your pain and then help you with a tailored-made program including osteopathic treatment and recommendations from our chronic pain toolkit.
This may include movement, relaxation techniques, dietary adjustments and other mindbody techniques.
Some of the latest research on chronic pain shows that in pain that lasts over 3 months there is often no remaining tissue damage but that there are changes in the body's nervous system and how it is functioning. This is causing altered pain processing in the brain which in turn reduces blood supply to the muscles and this manifests as pain as a protection method for the body. The pain can be very severe and can move around different parts of the body. The pain is often accompanied by a multitude of other symptoms such as crushing fatigue, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, foggy memory, anxiety, sensitivity to noise or lights...the list is almost endless. However, we now know more about what causes it and with a mindbody approach can often see a reduction in symptoms .
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