Osteopathy & Rehabilitation - Getting You Moving Again

When you visit your local Osteopath, whether you are suffering from neck or shoulder painback painknee pain, or any other musculoskeletal problems, it's not all about what we do in the clinic room. Part of your treatment will involve how we help you get moving again.

At our clinic in Bedford, we look at how your body works as a whole. This is one of the foundations of Osteopathy. Obviously, as the song reminds us, "the knee bones connected to the thigh bone", your whole body functions as a unit, and if something is out of kilter in one area, this has a knock-on effect somewhere else. As osteopaths, we trying to get your body working in unison.

In addition to the hands-on manual therapy, massage therapy and manipulation of your joint, we'll also help your rehabilitation with exercise advice and guidance to help get you moving again. This may in the form of demonstrations or videos to help point you in the right direction. We want to get you back in optimum health as quickly and easily as possible.

Here are a few pointers to help in general with rehabilitation...

  • Do things that you want to do, it will help your motivation. Don't skimp too much on what you need to do though!
  • Make your goals achievable. If you can measure the results of your achievements it will help move you forward.
  • Making your tasks and activities meaningful and linked to your condition,
  • Education is important. You should understand what you are doing, and why?
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve. Don't set a target of 50 repetitions if you know you can only 12. It will make you sad.
  • Set a schedule, with reminders to do your exercise routines at a specific time. This will help you build your rehabilitation it into your routine. Stick to it!
  • Utilise technology to help make it fun. Use apps to track walking distances, use timers to log progress, use music apps to entertain yourself whilst your exercising.
  • Your Osteopath will help you assess your progress at follow-up appointments, and will help you adapt your programme to aid the progression of your rehabilitation.
  • Understand your pain. Educating yourself about what is normal will help you understand how you are getting better. You osteopath should be able to talk in detail with you about the pain you experience.

What does a successful Rehabilitation programme look like?

  • It will work with your lifestyle, fitting around your work and family life.
  • Your exercises will be designed to give the most beneficial results.
  • You won't need to join an expensive gym or buy expensive equipment.
  • Knowledge - You should understand why you're doing it, what muscles or joints you're targeting, and what you should be feeling through doing it. This understanding will help with your confidence and performance.
  • You should be enjoying it, and feeling the benefit of getting better.
  • Bite-sized chucks - You should be easily able to exercise specific areas and to increase and decrease the amount of exercise as required.
  • Can be done anywhere, enabling your exercises to be fit into your lifestyle with ease.

So don’t let exercise rehab put you off – we will do it together!

If you are looking for an osteopath in Bedford, come and see us for a thorough and complete diagnosis, treatment and management of your musculoskeletal aches and pains.