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Get rid of that pain

health and fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2009 18:20 IST
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Sprained your ankle, and suffering from a terrible backache, what will you do? Pop a painkiller, apply a pain relief spray or an ointment. Well! With Osteopathy, a technique that involves gentle pressure of hands on your strained muscles and joints — body pain will be a thing of past.

Osteopathy unplugged
Osteopathy is a technique where like acupressure one presses fingers on key points on the surface of the skin that helps in relaxing the muscles, joints, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. “It is a form of holistic therapy, which not just helps physical well-being, but also takes care of the the mental and emotional aspect of a patient,” says Dr Keerti Mathur, UK-based Osteopathy practitioner who was in Delhi last month.

The procedure helps in the natural healing of not just the respiratory and immune systems, but also gradually helps in rejuvenating the nervous and circulatory systems.

The correction of the mechanical problems in the body through subtle adjustments (done by hand massage) increases the energy flow in the body. Treatment includes soft tissue work, joint articulation and manipulation and stretching.
Osteopathy can help in curing — arthritic pain, disc problems, frozen shoulder, headaches, hip pain, joint pains, muscle sprains and strains, pre and post-natal postural pains, sports injuries, tennis elbow, trapped nerves and work stress

Expert speak
Dr Mathur, who also gives osteopathy sessions to members of the British Olympic team, England rugby players and the cricket team, cautions, “Before going for osteopathy sessions, patients should always discuss their case history and tell the doctor if they had any complications in the past.”