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How to get the most out of your Osteopathic treatments

How to get the most out of your Osteopathic treatments

Written by Elle Fernon (Osteopath) | 2nd March 2023

At each consult, we always strive to get the best outcome from every treatment, whether that is helping to decrease pain, easing the stiffness out of your body or getting you back to the activities you love.

The trickiest part for us is that we only get to see you for 30 minutes a week. There’s still another 10,050 minutes left during that week that we won’t see you for!

Here are my top tips for getting the most out of those 30 minutes.

Be prepared after your treatment

You may be a little sore after your treatment, that’s really normal. It usually goes away within a day or two. If you have had a morning appointment, often a little rest that afternoon can help, as well as a heat pack or some fisiocream.

Try not to do any heavy exercise for a day or two after your treatment. Getting your body extra stiff and tight after a treatment doesn’t necessarily lead to the best outcomes. A gentle walk or swim is usually a great idea.

Do the exercises

Yes, I know they’re probably not the most exciting part of your week, I get it. But just think of the exercises as mini treatments, each time you do them, you’re helping stretch, mobilise and strengthen your body. With each day of home exercises, you really are maximising your benefit from the Osteo treatment.

Get some good sleep

We do most of our healing when we are asleep, so try and get the whole 8 hours for a couple of days after your treatment. It aids in muscle recovery and decreases sensitivity to pain.

Be realistic

I would love to tell you that your pain will go away within a day or two after treatment, but this is usually not realistic. Acute sprains and strains can often take 4-6 weeks to heal and chronic conditions have to be managed for longer.

We will always talk to you about a realistic treatment and management plan and as always, if you ever have any questions, please ask!

Looking after your body for those other 10,050 minutes a week is just as important as those 30 that we see you for, but together we can often make great changes!