Coping with Aches and Pains

June 20th, 2016 | Articles Posted By |

Coping with Aches and Pains

How often do you wake up with an ache or pain and think ‘Maybe it will be gone by tomorrow’?

Your body is subjected to different types of strain everyday and can develop strains from the way you sit, working at a computer, repetitive strain, over-working, under resting or from injury or illness.  Your body absorbs all these strains and works silently to correct them but sometimes things become overloaded or go wrong, resulting in pain and discomfort.

Strain and tension causes our muscles to become unbalanced causing our occasional ‘maybe it will be gone tomorrow’ aches and pains but if this is left uncorrected then it can lead to ligament and joint damage.  Constant muscle imbalance causes our bodies to adjust the load from the sore tired muscles to the ligaments.  This puts a strain on the ligaments that secure your joints and bones.  However unlike our muscles, ligaments do not stretch and instead they tear, which leads to instability in the joint and pain.  Your body attempts to correct this by increasing muscle tension in supporting areas around the joint.  Chronic or long standing muscle tension causes your everyday aches and pains and if left untreated could cause further longer lasting injuries.

Osteopathy is an effective form of diagnosis and treatment which addresses pain and dysfunction in the body.  It is based on the principle that the health and wellbeing of an individual depends on their musculoskeletal structure and balance.  There is no single treatment that is applied to each patient or injury, instead patients receive a personalised treatment plan using techniques that are well-known to all therapies as well as methods specific to osteopaths.  The difference is where we use those techniques.  Not just at the site of pain, but also in the areas that support the site of pain.  Those areas are not always obvious but osteopaths work to find and treat those support areas to give lasting pain relief and help prevent recurrence.