What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual (hands-on) non-invasive approach to restore normal function in areas impaired by trauma, chronic illness or acute health problems. The Body Group provides highly effective osteopathy therapy in Hong Kong. To restore this normal function, the Osteopath gently applies a precise amount of force to promote movement of the bodily fluids, eliminate dysfunction in the motion of the tissues, and release compressed bones and joints. The areas being treated require proper positioning to assist the body’s ability to regain normal tissue function and heal.
Osteopathy at The Body Group, Hong Kong
The body is a unit, and all parts affect each other. Dysfunction in one area will affect other areas of the body. It is imperative to treat the body as a whole. Osteopathy Treatment at The Body Group, Hong Kong is aimed at fixing the structural problem present, thus allowing improved function through the entire body. Osteopathy can help children and adults improve their health and alleviate symptoms. You can consult your osteopathy practitioner, who will guide you on the best course of treatment for your condition.
Contact our therapists at The Body Group for more details on Osteopathy in Hong Kong.
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Conditions Treated by Osteopathy
Common illnesses successfully treated with Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Cranial Osteopathy include back problems, headaches, joint pain issues, musculoskeletal pain, neck injuries, post-surgical complications, sciatica, TMJ dysfunction, head injury, post-concussion syndrome, pelvic pain, digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome), genitourinary problems, respiratory illness, asthma, chronic sinus issues, bronchitis, and ear, nose and throat issues.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
Therapists use Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for diagnosis and treatment purposes. Depending on the condition of the patient, the osteopathic physician could also provide preventive treatment. OMT is provided by stretching and applying pressure to the muscles and joints. These techniques allow the technician to provide hands-on care and support to the patient. OMT helps in providing pain relief on an immediate or long-term basis.
Osteopathy works on streamlining the functioning of nerves, muscles, bones and organs. This unified approach helps in resolving the problem at the root level. Therapists concentrate on improving the overall health of the body, especially the immune system. Hence, one can expect an improvement in other bodily issues they might have or have not noticed. This head to toe treatment helps treat chronic and acute conditions.
Osteopathy is what an osteopath does. Osteopaths are primary healthcare providers who can help you understand your neuro-musculoskeletal complaints and assist in optimizing your recovery to better function and health.
We do not perform any imaging, blood, urine, or bowel tests. However, we are trained to understand the results and their implications.
We focus on assessing your posture, gait, motion and functional tests to test the resilience of your biomechanics. We will explain to you why you may be having symptoms and methods of managing optimal recovery.
We offer hands-on manipulative manual therapy and prescribe home exercises that will assimilate the benefits of our treatment.
Osteopathy currently does not have an official Chinese translation. Though un-officially, it is called “整骨治療”.
There are two types of osteopathy. Both training allows professionals to call themselves as “osteopaths”.
Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) are solely trained in the United States. They undergo a 4 year academic training and 2 year residency. They are on-par with Medical Doctors (MD) in most States and can specialize in a medical field, perform surgical procedures, prescribe medications, and order medical tests.
Diploma, Bachelors, and Masters in Osteopathy are trained in many European countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Most university-accredited courses follow the rigorous curriculum of General Practitioners and Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists. They undergo a 4 year academic training with an integrated 2 year clinical practice. In most western countries including the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, Osteopaths are primary healthcare providers on-par with Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists. Patients do not require doctors’ referral to access their care.
What is the difference between osteopaths, physiotherapists / physical therapists, and chiropractors?
The main difference between the professions is the name and their history. These can be found in the following links:
Now, a better question would be what is similar.
There is a lot of overlap between the professions. We have a similar…
- curriculum and duration of training.
- reference the same books and journals to further our understanding of human medicine.
- orthopedic, neurological, and functional tests.
- manual & exercise therapy.
The difference is not between professions, but between professionals. Different treatment may be offered to the same patient by different therapists. This is dependent on the clinicians’ expertise and further training.
Most practitioners will work to help you achieve your needs, wants, and goals.
No, most patients self-refer to an osteopath. We encouraged you to keep your doctor fully informed, to ensure you receive the best care from both health professionals.
Listening and examining
Osteopathy is a patient-centred, system of healthcare. A first appointment generally lasts about 45 minutes to an hour to allow the osteopath adequate time to:
- Listen and ask questions about your problem, your general health, other medical care you are receiving or medication you are taking, and record this in your case notes. The information you provide will be confidential.
- Examine you properly. It is likely the osteopath will ask you to remove some of your clothing. Tell your osteopath if you are uncomfortable about this. You should expect privacy to undress and a gown or towel should be provided. You can ask a friend or relative to accompany you and be present throughout your treatment.
- Ask you to make simple movements and stretches to observe your posture and mobility. Because of the body’s structure, pain or stiffness you are experiencing in one part may be linked to a problem elsewhere.
- Examine the health of the joints, tissues and ligaments using their hands and a highly developed sense of touch called palpation.
Your osteopath will also check for signs of serious conditions they cannot treat and may advise you to see your GP or go to hospital. They should provide you with a letter explaining what they believe to be the problem.
Diagnosis and treatment
Osteopathy specialises in the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and other related disorders.
Your osteopath will give you a clear explanation of what they find (their diagnosis) and discuss a treatment plan that is suitable for you. They will explain the benefits and any risks of the treatment they are recommending. It is important to understand and agree what the treatment can achieve, and the likely number of sessions needed for a noticeable improvement in how you feel.
Treatment is hands-on and involves skilled manipulation of the spine and joints, and massage of soft tissues. Your osteopath will explain what they are doing and will always ask your permission to treat you (known as consent). Ask questions at any time if you are unsure what you have been told or if you have any concerns.
Self-help measures and advice on exercise may be offered to assist your recovery, prevent recurrence or worsening of symptoms.
Because of the physical nature of the treatment, it is not unusual to sometimes feel sore in the first 24-48 hours after treatment. Your osteopath will explain any likely reactions that you could expect. If you have any concerns it is important to contact the osteopath and ask their advice. It may require more than one visit before your problem is resolved. The osteopath will review your progress at each subsequent visit and seek your consent to any changes to your treatment plan.