Homeopathy is the safest and more reliable approach to ailments and has withstood the
assaults of established medical practice for over 100 years
Your guide to Ireland's alternative, complementary & holistic therapies & therapists
What is Osteopathy?
An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself.
They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques.
Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient and the symptoms they have reported.
massage – to release and relax muscles
stretching stiff joints
articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles
These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.
Where a chiropractor focuses on spinal adjustments, an osteopath uses a number of techniques to heal the body, including adjustments, medications, and injections. Chiropractors focus on spinal adjustment and use techniques that facilitate optimal nerve transition. Osteopaths aim to improve the body’s overall healing system. This way the patient’s entire body is positively affected.
Osteopathy is not usually painful, although it's not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you're having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.
Your osteopath will explain whether you're likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your osteopath.
You may be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse.