If you suffer from chronic back pain or other ailments, you may benefit from osteopathy. Osteopathy is a holistic treatment that uses manual medicine to treat the body’s joints, muscles and spine. Manual medicine simply means that most of the diagnosis and treatments are completed by the doctor using his hands. An osteopath in Toronto treats patients in a way that is complementary to other medical care that the patient is already receiving. The osteopath doctor is also able to provide prescription medication when it is needed.
Osteopathy treats the body’s nervous system, lymphatic system and circulatory system to improve the patient’s overall health and wellbeing. The osteopath in Toronto uses techniques called osteopathic manipulative medicine to diagnose and treat patient. The techniques generally include using gentle pressure, resistance and stretching to correct a patient’s biomechanics without using medication.
Osteopathy can be used to reduce pain in the treatment of many conditions such as back and neck pain, knee and hip pain, foot and ankle pain, elbow pain, arthritis, headaches, posture problems, sports injuries, neuralgia and more. It is also known to help with insomnia due to chronic pain.
The osteopath in Toronto is also able to detect illnesses and may refer a patient to another physician for further care. The osteopath may serve as the primary doctor and may also use surgical methods to treat conditions when necessary.
Visiting an Osteopath in Toronto
The first visit to the osteopath in Toronto generally includes a consultation. The doctor will discuss your condition and needs and gather information about your medical history. The doctor will need to conduct a complete physical exam. The exam specifically concentrates on the musculoskeletal system as well as the entire body.
You may be asked to perform simple stretches so the doctor can evaluate your movements. The doctor will assess your joints, ligaments and tissues by utilizing a technique called palpitation. Once the doctor has completed the exam and gathered your information he can determine a potential treatment plan.
Treatment plans generally require a number of sessions since the methods used are relatively gentle. The doctor may also provide you with some exercises you can do at home to enhance the treatments as well as dietary and lifestyle changes that will be beneficial to the outcome.
Patients should expect to feel slight soreness following a treatment session. This occurs because of the work on muscles that are being manipulated in a new way. There are many benefits to osteopathy and few risks. Benefits include reduction in pain, improved posture, reduced stress, better flexibility and overall improved health.
Osteopathy can improve overall function of the body’s systems and may bring about positive changes to the lymphatic systems and internal functions of the body without the need for surgical treatment. Osteopathy is non-invasive so it is generally safe for most patients. The doctor will evaluate your particular health and needs to determine the best methods to use for improvement. To learn more about osteopathy and to book a session contact us online.
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