Gentle Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.
Gentle Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue functioning smoothly together.
OUR Quadracare Specialists (QCS) use physical manipulation, stretching and massage, with the aim of:
- increasing the mobility of joints
- relieving muscle tension
- increasing general micro-circulation in whole human’s body
- enhancing the blood supply to tissues
- helping the body to heal
They use a range of techniques, but don’t use drugs or surgery.
INDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT:
- Osteochondrosis (spondylosis) of the spine, including complicated by the intervertebral disks herniation, Schmorl’s nodule;
- Frozen shoulder, shoulder and shoulder blade pain, habitual dislocation of the shoulder joint;
- “Tennis-player’s elbow” (impairment of the elbow joint);
- Dysplastic coxarthrosis of 0-II degree (aseptic necrosis of the hip joint);
- Gonoartrit (knee joint arthrosis);
- Chronic prostatitis, chronic adnexitis, impotence, chronic hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome;
- Overweight, cellulite, internal organs prolapse;
- Headaches, dizziness, sleep disorder, asthenoneurotic states
- Psychosomatic depression.
- ischemic stroke, myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass surgery;
- compression fracture of the spine;
- hip and knee joints endoprosthesis replacement;
- surgical interventions on the spine and internal organs.
- ischemic heart disease;
- external respiratory disease, bronchial asthma;
- Varicose veins;
- Postural disorder (scoliosis, kyphosis);
- diseases of internal organs, urogenital system (gastritis, pancreatitis, prostatitis, colitis, adnexitis);
- menopause, infertility;
- prevention of pain in the lower back, overweight and varicose veins in pregnant women and during postnatal period.
What happens during Gentle Osteopathy session?
During your first gentle osteopathy session, our Quadracare Specialist – QCS will ask about your symptoms, general health and any other medical care you’re receiving before carrying out a physical examination.
QCS will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body, particularly the spine. With your consent, you’ll probably need to remove some clothing from the area being examined, and you may be asked to perform simple movements. You should then be able to discuss whether gentle osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment programme should involve. Our QCS are trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a GP or needs further tests, such as MRI scans or blood tests, to help diagnose the problem.
Gentle Osteopathic techniques
QCS aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself. They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques. These include:
- stretching stiff joints and some massage
- articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow.
Gentle Osteopathy is not painful at all, although it’s not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury. Your QCS will explain whether you’re likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your QCS. You may be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse. In general, the first appointment can last up to an hour or longer. Further treatments last around 30-40 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on your symptoms. In the case of lower back pain, the British Association of Hirudotherapy (BAH) recommends that treatment should include up to 40 sessions over 16 weeks.
OUR Quadracare Specialists (QCS)
Gentle Osteopathy is provided by our specially-trained, licensed and regulated Safe practitioners called Quadracare Specialists (QCS). In the UK, gentle osteopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) and part of Modern Leech therapy and Hirudo practice, and is different from conventional western medicine. Although QCS may use some conventional medical techniques, the use of osteopathy isn’t always based on scientific evidence. Our Quadracare Specialists often work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in various areas of Complementary medicine (for Modern Leech therapy and Hirudo Practice) and settings, including:
- health centres
- working from their own home
- some GP surgeries
- sports teams, clubs, communities, charities and workplaces
- corporate business clients visits at the office;
- Patient home visits.
Most people who see our QCS do so for help with conditions that affect the muscles, bones and joints, such as:
- lower back pain
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
- sports injuries
- problems with posture (asymmetry) caused by wrong use of the gym, driving, work or pregnancy
Some QCS claim to be able to treat conditions not directly related to muscles, bones and joints, such as headaches, migraines,painful periods, digestive disorders, depression and excessive crying in babies (colic).
Does Gentle Osteopathy work?
There’s good evidence that osteopathy is effective in treating persistent lower back pain. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends it as a treatment for this condition. Our suggested Gentle Osteopathy works for Emergency, Prevention and Rehabilitation cases as a very effective treatment for some types of stiff neck, “frozen” shoulder, “tennis” elbow, bad back, or lower limb pain, also preparation/recovery before/instead/after hip or knee operations.