Osteopathy is an alternative type of medicine that manipulates muscle tissues and bones. Founded by Andrew Taylor Still, this manipulation is a manual form of healing emphasizing on the relationship between structure and the human body functions. Dr. Still claimed that illness was caused by problems with the musculoskeletal system and a cure can be provided with hands-on manipulations. This technique resulted in the ability of the body to heal itself, which is what osteopathic principles are based upon. Since discovery, releasing pain through Osteopathy has been an effective and holistic approach.
Osteopathy and AIDS
More than 1.1 million in the United States are currently living with HIV/AIDS. From that, 1 in 7 people are unaware. This has been a growing epidemic since the 1980’s, not only for the U.S. but also world wide. Pain results from the virus itself and it is extremely common for those affected. It is important to be aware of how powerful releasing pain through Osteopathy can be. The most common pains for those living with AIDS are found within the abdomen, chest, muscles, joints, and mouth. Women experience these pains more frequently and more intensely than men do.
Osteopaths are able to perform a diagnosis by visual examining and feeling by hand. It is rare for Osteopaths to order an x-ray unless the person is clinically indicated. Avoiding x-rays minimizes the person’s exposure to radiation. The process of relieving pain involves stretching muscles, applying pressure, and mobilization. This helps to relax muscle tension. Cranial osteopathy is another therapy that includes very gentle and subtle adjustments. These movements do not involve any clicking of the joints.
Osteopathic patients generally spend longer time with their practitioner, which generally results in needing less frequent treatments. Instead of meeting one or twice a week, the treatments are spaced out over larger periods of time. Osteopathy is an effective method because it can also be achieved at home. Often lifestyle advice and exercises will be provided to support comfort in daily life. This aids in the improvement of mobility and helps prevent any future pains.
The treatment of chronic pain derived from AIDS requires a delicate balance between pain relief and preventing future complications. It is apparent that many AIDS medications can interfere and disrupt pain relieving medications, and vice versa. This is why Osteopathy is recommended because it is a more stress-free, gentle, and safe alternative to medicine.