In Singapore’s fast-paced society, many of us find ourselves with numerous conditions, ranging from aches in our bodies to tense muscles and high-stress levels. Osteopathy is a perfect way to treat these conditions and help you live with greater focus and energy.
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy utilises the manipulation of the musculoskeletal framework to improve health across the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. It adopts a drug-free and non-invasive approach focusing on manual therapy, particularly on areas such as the joints, muscle, and spine. This is done by skilled osteopaths, who are well versed in using their hands to gently yet firmly carry out their therapies.
Osteopaths in Singapore are required to undergo a rigorous degree course that teaches various skills, such as the anatomy and physiology of the human body, medical differential diagnosis, numerous types of osteopathic techniques, as well as biomechanics and nutrition. They also adopt an evidence-based approach to not just accurately diagnose patients’ conditions and create a personalised treatment plan, but also adapt based on the efficacy of treatments and how patients respond to them.
HOW DOES OSTEOPATHY BENEFIT ME?
Osteopaths in Singapore treat a range of conditions, such as joint pains, sports injuries, back pain, and neck pain. They utilise treatments such as the mobilisation and manipulation of joints, dry needling to help reduce pain and restore function, as well as soft tissue release techniques to restore muscle flexibility. They will then incorporate exercises to help manage the condition whilst at home for longer-term benefits. Besides improving muscle performance, reducing pain, and encouraging blood flow, osteopathy has been found to help improve one’s sleep cycles, as well as aid in digestion and lowering stress levels.
Osteopathic centers in Singapore often offer various branches of osteopathy to treat varying conditions. For example, cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of osteopathic treatment utilising soft manipulative pressure around the head and spine, helping to relieve tension and release stress across the body. Visceral osteopathy instead focuses on the manual therapy of your body’s organs, helping to treat conditions such as constipation, acid reflux, and bladder incontinence, amongst others.
WHAT IS AN OSTEOPATHY SESSION LIKE?
The typical price for visiting an osteopath in Singapore is approximately $160 per consultation. During your first visit, our osteopaths will take the time to go through a case history and thoroughly examine you. They will get you to demonstrate simple stretches and movements, as well as use palpation techniques to assess the health of your joints, ligaments, and tissues. Along with specific orthopaedic testing, this helps them accurately diagnose your condition and create a tailor-made treatment plan to best address your needs.
A typical treatment session will last from 30 to 60 minutes, where osteopaths will utilise various manual therapy techniques to gently and subtly manipulate your muscles and tissues. They will also often teach simple preventive exercises you can do at home to improve your health, such as stretching and lifting exercises, practicing proper posture, and breathing exercises. On average, a complete osteopathic treatment plan will last from around 6 to 7 weeks, although this varies from person to person and their condition. Many patients may feel some degree of stiffness in the following days after treatment, but this is perfectly normal.
If you are keen to find out more about how Osteopathy can benefit you, join us at our Get Crackin': Tips on Posture event by Edge Healthcare, happening on the 26th February 2022, 4pm at The Gym.