There’s nothing worse than coming home from the gym and feeling the ache of muscles that are strained or worse – in spasm. Whether its as a result of a too-quick warm-up, or a new program targeting less used muscles, the effect can cause a great deal of discomfort. My traditional go to people are the chiropractor and massage therapist, but another option (thanks to the recommendation of a good friend) is seeing an Osteopath.
According to the Canadian College of Osteopathy, this alternative natural medicine bases its beliefs on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Osteopaths take a holistic approach in restoring function to the body by addressing position, mobility and quality of tissues.
With palpitation the Osteopath gently touches tissues and systems and can detect minute modifications in the quality of tissues that will gear treatment. This may result in firm but gentle manipulation of tissues so that they are able to relax. As a result, increased circulation to the problem area occurs. Often this approach can result in the body returning to correct alignment. This effect can be similar to the manipulation done by a chiropractor, but without physically moving the bones.
Osteopaths also deal with fascial release of membranes or connecting tissues. And once again the approach used achieves release without the application of force.
So if you are sore, strained, in spasm, seeing an Osteopath may be a great option to consider. Unfortunately, as in the case of many alternative treatments, not all health care coverage includes visits to an Osteopath. But sometimes self care necessitates splurging on what ever helps you feel well.