A study carried out in Quebec, Canada has found that musculoskeletal pain only accounts for 61.9% of consultations. What are the other top reasons for people to visit an osteopath?
- Musculoskeletal pain – 61.9%
- Perinatal and pediatric pain – 11.8%
- Head – 9.1%
- Visceral – 5%
- General concerns – 4.8%
- 0.3% of the visits were for preventative purposes.
This survey found that musculoskeletal pain in the spine, thorax, pelvis, and limbs accounted for just under 2/3 of visits to osteopaths.
It’s curious that women consulted an osteopath most commonly for cervical pain, while lumbar pain was the most frequently reported reason for men to seek osteopathic treatment.
The top five reasons people seek osteopathic help are:
1. YOU HAVE NECK PAIN
Our Osteopaths treat both acute and chronic neck pain. They will identify the reason for your neck pain and treat that tissue and surrounding areas to aid in loosening your pain and prevent the condition from reoccurring.
2. YOU STRUGGLE WITH CONSTANT LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain accounts for a high percentage of the patients seeking osteopathic help. Our specialists can identify tissue-causing structures and treat your specific condition consequently.
3. YOU SIT AT A DESK 8+ HOURS A DAY
Many patients come in complaining of conditions relating to their desk-bound jobs. Our osteopath can treat your ailments, discuss your workplace ergonomics and get you on a home care regime to improve your posture and reduce your pain.
4. SHOULDER PAIN
Osteo Health osteopaths are well trained in assessing and treating shoulder issues such as Shoulder Impingement Syndrome, Adhesive Capsulitis, Tendinitis and other.
5. SPORTING INJURIES, INCLUDING ANKLE SPRAINS, ACUTE KNEE PAIN, TENNIS ELBOW AND MORE
Our osteopaths are trained to evaluate and treat sporting injuries to any body region.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment has been shown to reduce symptoms related to concussion including headache, fatigue, dizziness and balance issues.
7. TMD DISORDERS & TMJ DISORDERS
Osteopathic treatment can be very effective in relieving TMD & TMJ pain. To alleviate your TMD & TMJ pain, your Osteopath will: use soft tissue techniques to loosen and release tight muscles connecting to the jaw that may be causing tension and discomfort.
How can an osteopath help?
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
Osteopaths use physical manipulation, stretching and massage with the aim of:
- Increasing the mobility of joints
- Relieving muscle tension
- Reducing pain
- Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
- Helping the body to heal
They use a range of techniques and modern technologies, but not medicines or surgery.
Read more about who is an osteopath.
When to see an Osteopath
Most people who see an osteopath do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain (including whiplash)
- Shoulder pain and elbow pain (for example, tennis elbow)
- Problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
- Sports injuries
- Muscle and joint pain associated with work
- TMD Disorders & TMJ Disorders