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Chronic Pain and Osteopathy

Chronic pain is the kind of condition that does not carry a good prognosis with respect to a definitive starting or ending day. Sufferers suggest that the pain comes in waves: at times it is less pronounced while at others times it can be downright debilitating.

What remains constant, however, is the presence of the pain in varying degrees. Chronic pain is commonly managed with pain medication, but due to the significant side effects that accompany a variety of painkillers, patients are looking for other avenues as well.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

A special field of osteopathy, cranial osteopathy is used to manipulate the bones of the skull with a touch so light that it is hardly noticeable by the individual receiving the treatment.

The osteopath that uses the technique uses both anatomical and physiological knowledge and palpatory skills in the technique. William Garner Sutherland, who was a follower of Andrew Still, developed cranial osteopathy in 1930.

Cranial osteopathy is based on the cerebrospinal fluid, which surrounds the brain, has rhythms that are influenced by the rate and depth of the person’s breathing. With gentle manipulation of the skull these rhythms can be altered.

A disturbance of the cranial bones can unbalance the normal cranial rhythm causing strain within the cranium. It is believed that it is this dysfunction to the cranium that causes disease.

Osteopathy and Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of any joint. There are two types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is often described as a wear and tear of the joints caused by age, repetitive actions, and obesity and also altered postural and biomechanics (movements of the body) such as a past trauma, growth of the body, and a traumatic experience such as birth, or a vehicle accident.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is described as an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the entire body with the most often affected joints being the ankles, feet, hands, knees and wrists.

Osteopathic Case Studies

One of the earliest case studies involving Osteopathy happened in 1918. During this time, there was a devastating influenza outbreak that caused the deaths of three million people worldwide. The average mortality rate for patients during the two years beginning in 1917 was between thirty and forty percent.

However, the hospitals in the US who employed Osteopaths had a mortality rate of less than one percent.

In the following paragraphs, you’ll see more examples of cases involving Osteopathic medicine. They are written as summaries of actual documented cases.