Updated: Apr 14
Osteopathy can help in multiple ways. Here, I explore the effect of therapeutic touch on anxiety and self-image, your natural capacity for healing, the relationship between your mind and body, and my own experience of osteopathic treatment.
1. Therapeutic touch
As an osteopath, I use touch to examine, diagnose and treat. Your body is listened to, supported and cared for through physical contact. Some people experience less anxiety and an improved perception of body and self after hands on treatment. Others experience touch as a way of communicating what their body has been through.
In my own experience of having treatment, it can be hard to put physical sensations into words, but sometimes these have been felt and responded to by the osteopath’s therapeutic touch – and that feels great.
We’ve all grazed our knees and elbows as children – or maybe more recently than that. Other than perhaps putting a plaster on it – did you actively do anything else? No. Why? Because our bodies are good at healing without us thinking about it. The immune system fights infection while the blood supply promotes tissue healing. Along with other benefits, osteopathic treatment helps promote blood and lymph supply to enhance your innate healing capacity. (For more info on how osteopathy impacts immune function click here.) 3. Nobody (part) left behind How do you relate to your body and how do your body parts relate to one another? These sort of holistic questions help me identify the factors leading to injury or dysfunction. As an osteopath, this is what I am interested in - you and your body. This way, I can tailor my treatment to you.
As an osteopath one of the most important questions I can ask my patient is, “how do you want to live your life?” Perhaps you want to run a marathon or perhaps you want to run around with your kids in the park. Helping you to reconnect with the activities you find meaningful enhances your quality of life, how well you feel, and how much pain you experience.
5. Professionalism (safe space)
The relationship between me and my patient is so important. It needs to be professional, ongoing, caring and confidential. When I was growing up I saw an osteopath regularly. The thing I valued most in that relationship was the safe space in which I could share my thoughts and emotions without fear of judgement or saying something wrong.
Osteopathy can affect us all differently. If you would like to explore how osteopathy can benefit you, feel free to get to get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or book an appointment with me on Fridays at Core Clapton.
Ruby practises as an osteopath at Core Clapton on Fridays. Ruby is interested in treating both acute and chronic patients, working to understand the circumstances that lead up to injury and the mechanisms that maintain painful or uncomfortable sensations.