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Maintenance treatments

Written by Harry Rogers   Posted in:Osteopathy   November 26, 2019

Maintenance treatments
One of the most common questions people ask us is “how many sessions do you think I’ll need?” The answer is always remarkably longer than the question! That is because there is no easy answer and I explain some, definitely not all, of the factors that can affect the timeframe – such as, severity of the problem, how long it’s been there, how good you are at doing the exercises, whether you’re still training or not, what your diet is like and then explaining the classic - ‘everyone is different’. Then you get into talking about maintenance treatment and the answer gets even longer.
 
The majority of patients come to Bridge to Health with one or two specific problems, which often require consecutive treatments over a period of weeks. Once the initial complaint is resolved, depending on the patient, we may recommend a quarterly treatment - maintenance or a human MOT.
 
Having a treatment once a season can be a really effective way of maintaining your health. For those involved in a lot of regular sport or training, like Crossfit, or those regularly competing in marathons or triathlons, getting an osteopathic treatment every three or four months is an excellent way of nipping injuries in the bud, or preventing them from arising at all. Keeping an eye on muscle tension and imbalance, guiding with accessory exercises and maintaining the body's natural biomechanics, helps you to recover from training, minimises the impact from a heavy workload and allows you to train confidently.
 
However, let’s face it. In the world we live in most people aren’t over training, most people just don’t move enough. The stress a sedentary lifestyle puts on the body is huge. It affects one's posture, muscle tone, joint function, circulation… pretty much everything. Now, I’m not telling you this to scare you - although if you suddenly decided to go for a brisk walk I wouldn’t complain - but to comfort you that you don’t have to suddenly quit your job and become a yoga instructor. Maintenance osteopathy is great at bridging the gap between what you put your body through and what your musculoskeletal system needs. Improving joint mobility, stretching muscles that get tight from postures at work and improving lymphatics and circulation all help to make you feel good, energised and free from pain or discomfort allowing you to focus on more important things.
 
If you’re interested to find out if a maintenance approach is right for you, please speak to one of our osteopathic team.
 
 


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