When you’re looking for a solution for your chronic pain, it isn’t just the treatment that you should be looking at. It is equally important to be aware of what is required after treatment has been done. Hello and welcome to another discussion on Osteopathy Wales. Today, we want to talk about osteopathic aftercare.
What is Aftercare?
Aftercare is the succeeding care that is often required after something strenuous or following medical treatment. Aftercare is a concept that is critical when there is something physical—like therapy—that is going on in a person’s life.
If you are the person undergoing osteopathic treatment, then you will be aware that your body will be a certain state after extensive treatments. For those who are unaware, osteopathy involves the physical manipulation of joints, muscles, the spine, and even other bones in the body. They are stimulated and often manipulated into certain positions in order to relieve pain and other symptoms of chronic illnesses.
Following an osteopathic treatment, it is entirely normal for a patient to feel certain things like:
- Physical Fatigue
- Emotional Distress
Depending on the illness or issue being addressed by the treatment what the patient may feel after treatment can vary. However, this only puts emphasis on the need for aftercare. Here are a few suggestions on what best to do following an osteopathic session:
Treatment will always require the physical exertion of the patient. Even if they are merely laying there or prompted into a position by the osteopathic doctor, it can be a strenuous activity. It is always advisable to refrain from any additional physical exertion following a treatment.
Osteopathic treatments can bring about a deluge of emotion. There are several cases where the patient reports the feelings of being highly emotional following a session. This is because osteopathic treatment deals in releasing stress from the body. In some cases, this manifests as an outpouring of emotion that may catch the patient and their family unaware.
So it is highly advisable to take a bit of time alone to gather one’s thoughts and feelings. After that, talking it over with a therapist or a trusted family member will help a lot.
We cannot emphasize enough on the importance of aftercare—particularly when osteopathic care is in the picture. In order for the full positive effect of the treatment to be obtained, both the patient and those around them need to work together to ensure a higher chance of success. While there will certain times when aftercare may seem unnecessary, there will never come a time where it isn’t needed.
What particular aftercare rules do you have following an osteopathic treatment?