Osteopathy as Treatment for Depression


  This article was originally published by OttawaHolisticWellness.ca.

Osteopathy as a treatment for Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Typical symptoms may include apprehension, compulsive behaviour, panic attacks, sweat, a sense of suffocation, palpitations, dizziness, shaking, dry mouth and irritability.

Many of digestive issues including ulcers, heartburn, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn disease can either be triggered by anxiety or made worse by it.

Tension, stiffness or tightness in the whole body may also be part of the symptoms. Anxiety affects the nervous system which then triggers this stiffness and muscle pain.

Very often patients will mention sleep issues as well.

In short, the whole body is overrun by stress and its consequences.

How can osteopathy help people suffering from anxiety?

In osteopathy, we are working with the entire body and the fact that all systems are related to each other.

The osteopathic practitioner will have some different approaches which they can use:

Cranial osteopathy works with the vegetative nervous system, especially the parasympathetic system which then brings calm and healing

Visceral osteopathy works with the organs and the membranes surrounding them. It is useful to treat digestive issues

Fascial and musculoskeletal techniques work on the soft tissues of your body and will help to relieve tension, stiffness and pain in the whole body.

How many sessions will I need?

Healing is a process, one session is very rarely enough, however, it is impossible to tell how many sessions you will need. It depends on how your body reacts and integrates the treatment.

It is often beneficial to combine osteopathy with other therapies such as hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, relaxation.

Including some exercise in your life is also part of the treatment and will help you to manage your stress.

Depression and Osteopathy

The symptoms above that relate to anxiety can also be part of depression.

By relieving tightness and decreasing pain in the body osteopathy can help resolve depression.

Cranial osteopathy is especially useful for symptoms like migraines, and sleeping issue. Other approaches in osteopathy will contribute to relieve muscle pain and digestive problems.

Whiplash and concussion commonly cause anxiety, depression and gastrointestinal complaints. In this case, osteopathy can address the underlying trauma as well as the symptoms.

To learn more about Osteopathy, check out our Osteopathy blog.


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