Can an Osteopath Help With Muscle Pain?
Osteopaths look and work with the musculoskeletal system – our bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue, so yes, osteopaths can help treat your muscle pain. Our musculoskeletal system connects one area of our body to another so it is important that these areas are able to work together harmoniously.
Osteopaths work on the whole body which is an effective way of treating muscle pain because although you may only have pain in one area, for example your shoulder, for your shoulder to work optimally, you need your neck, upper back, ribcage and shoulder blade to be able to function as efficiently as possible. And we find that this approach helps produce long lasting results for muscle aches and pain.
Muscle Issues That Osteopaths Help With
Tennis & Golfers Elbow
Tennis and Golfers elbow are overuse injuries where the muscles in the forearm become too tight and cause discomfort around where these muscles attach to the bones. Osteopaths use a combination of massage and joint articulation to help alleviate your symptoms, allowing you to get back to your normal activities.
Muscle Strains & Tears
This is when there is an injury to some of the muscle fibres and pain, swelling and bruising are all common symptoms of muscle strains. Muscle strains are common especially is people who exercise and there are 3 grades.
- Grade 1: is when there is slight damage to the muscle fibres
- Grade 2: is when more of the muscle fibres area affected
- Grade 3: is when there is a full tear of the muscle fibres.
Ways Bright Osteopathy Can Help With Muscle Pain
Osteopaths use soft tissue techniques to massage muscles as well as the ligaments, tendons and connective tissue (fascia). These techniques help stretch the muscles, reduce tension, provide relaxation and reduce scar tissue within the muscle and will help alleviate your symptoms. Our practitioners are also trained in Western Acupuncture (dry needling) which is a technique aimed at releasing myofascial trigger points helping muscles relax, be less painful and improve their range of movement. Our osteopaths will also advise you on the best exercises to help stretch and strengthen your affected muscles for both the short and long term management of your symptoms. We will also give you lifestyle advice to help you manage your symptoms on a day to day basis.
If you are suffering from muscle aches and pain and are wondering whether osteopathy could help you, then get in touch with us here at Bright Osteopathy to see how our osteopaths could help you live more comfortably and get you back doing what you love as soon as possible.