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Pain relief – The Osteopathic Approach

As Osteopaths we see patients on a daily basis who have musculoskeletal complaints. These cover a wide range of issues that range from

Osteopaths are highly skilled at getting to the root cause of your problem and part of what we do includes:

  • Diagnosis of your complaint
  • Patient Education as to your specific complaint, Ie,
    • What is wrong
    • Why it happened
    • How to manage the problem
    • How to prevent it from possibly happening again
    • Pain relief tools and strategies for home
    • Further referral if necessary for imaging or specialist involvement
    • Referral for appropriate pain relief medication
    • How many Osteopathic treatments you may require and
    • How long it may take for your issue to be resolved or managed properly
  • Performing hands on Osteopathic treatment,
  • Management for your condition at home
  • Rehabilitation for your condition such as
    • Stretches
    • Strengthening
    • Appropriate exercise to perform

For us Melbourne Osteopaths, part of the treatment involves explaining your condition thoroughly so you understand exactly what has happened and how long it may take for your condition to improve, and of course best ways to hasten up the recovery process.

Understanding pain and its impact upon our patients is a huge part of what we help our patients with, both as part of the treatment and take home education.

All the musculoskeletal conditions we see often present with pain – whether it be acute and short term in nature, or chronic and having been present for a long time.

Pain can come in many different ways too – it may be:

  • Sharp
  • Dull
  • Achy
  • Come and goes
  • Have pins and needles and numbness
  • Aggravated by movement
  • Aggravated by being in one position too long such as sitting or standing
  • Aggravated by lifting
  • Affect concentration levels
  • Affect ability to work and perform tasks of every day living

Acute pain and chronic pain, or pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions are managed specifically to each complaint – We ensure that the patient has a whole understanding of best ways to deal with their pain, both on a physical and emotional level, to get the most positive outcome and reach optimal health and well being.

Osteopaths can help with:

  • Hands on relief for muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Stretches, strength and exercise appropriate for you
  • Use of braces, taping and strapping
  • Advice of use of heat or ice
  • Nutritional advice
  • Meditation or Mindfulness for pain
  • Referral to psychologist for pain management, normally with associated anxiety and/or depression relating to pain
  • Referral to GP or specialist for further management
  • Referral for medication

Categories: Pain Relief