Osteopathy Awareness Week April 15-21

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principal that the well-being of all individuals depends on the skeleton, muscles, connective tissues and nervous system.  When these aspects are not functioning in harmony, the result can be joint aches, pains, headaches, sports injury, nerve pain, stiffness and circulatory problems.         

The osteopathic philosophy

Osteopathic treatments are based on enabling your body to function properly as a whole, highlighting the interconnection between all body parts. The main principle of osteopathy is to restore balance within the body via the application of manual techniques and gentle manipulations.

Osteopaths treat:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Tension Headaches
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Disc Injuries
  • Numbness
  • Postural Difficulties
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Pain relating to Pregnancy
  • Sciatica
  • RSI: repetitive strain injury
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ Dysfunction)

Osteopathy and neck pain

Neck pain is a common condition that will affect many individuals at some point in their lives. Pain often spreads from the neck, radiating towards the shoulders or the upper back, sometimes causing headaches.

Common causes for neck pain include:

  • Poor posture;
  • Sleeping in an awkward position;
  • Muscle strain;
  • Prolonged use of phone or laptop; and
  • Arthritis

McReynolds and Sheridan (2005) compared the efficacy of a single IM (intramuscular injection) or ketorolac tromethamine to osteopathic manipulative treatment as delivered in the emergency department (ED) in the management of acute neck pain. Ketoralorac tromethamine is a non-steroid anti-inflammatory treatment. A sample of 58 patients were obtained and a randomized clinical control trial was conducted at three EDs. Patients enrolled had experienced acute neck pain of less than three weeks’ duration. Subjective measures of pain intensity were gathered from patients immediately before and one hour after treatment, using an 11-point numerical rating scale. Subjects received either 30 mg ketorolac or OMT (osteopathic manipulation therapy); 29 in each group. Both groups showed a significant reduction in pain intensity, patients who received OMT reported a greater decrease in pain intensity. When comparing the relief after one-hour post-treatment, authors found no significant difference between groups. Authors concluded OMT is a reasonable alternative to NSAID medication for patients with acute neck pain in an ED setting.

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Australian Government Department of Health (2018). Neck pain. Retrieved from http:// https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/neck-pain.

Cancer Research UK (2015). Osteopathy. Retrieved from http:// http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/cancer-in-general/treatment/complementary-alternative-therapies/individual-therapies/osteopathy.

McReynolds TM & Sheridan BJ. Intramuscular ketorolac verses osteopathic manipulative treatment in the management of acute neck pain in the emergency department: a randomized clinical trial. J AM Osteopath Assoc. 2005:Feb;105(2):57-68. Retrieved from http:// https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15784928.

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