There are no statistical figures about Osteopathy in Portugal, but an analysis of the U.K. scene pretty much reflects our practice reality:
Patients with lower back problems - a great number of patients suffer from lower back problems, resulting from postural strains, spinal disc injuries and joint problems. (U.K. figures estimate that half of osteopathy patients have lower back problems).
Arthritis - Osteopathy can help to reduce pain and stiffness in the less acute stages of arthritis. This can be achieved with regular sessions and through different combinations of techniques, which help the organism to adapt and respond to the changes it experiences, reducing pain, swelling and allowing for greater mobility.
The elderly - with aging usually come pain and movement restriction. Osteopathy helps by eliminating or reducing pain and movement restriction, thereby restoring the best possible quality of life. Because it’s a manual therapy, gentle and 100% natural, the medication bill may also be reduced, avoiding its side effects, both physical and financial.
People in their forties - this age group is widely represented because it usually corresponds to the beginning of a declining curve in terms of youth and fitness, they sufferinjury or discomfort that used to be inexistent or insignificant.
Women patients - Women tend to suffer headaches caused by stiffness of the neck, back and shoulder pain due to motherhood and many muscular-skeletal disorders - frequently a result of combining such demanding activities as professional life, house keeping and motherhood. (In the UK over 50% of the patients are women).
Work Related Problems and strains - Osteopathy can help both on a prevention basis, educating the body’s responses, and also by addressing existing problems. Many jobs require repetitive movements or violent postural strains, which may give rise to disorders of muscles, tendons and joints. The back, the hands and the arms are among the most affected areas. These are some of the most frequent complaint and patient types, but Osteopathy is pretty much suitable for everyone since it's very gentle, safe and relies on a vast range of manual techniques, allowing for a personalized treatment, customized according to each patient's specific needs and limitations.
These are some of the most frequent complaint and patient types, but Osteopathy is pretty much suitable for everyone since it's very gentle, safe and relies on a vast range of manual techniques, allowing for a personalized treatment, customized according to each patient's specific needs and limitations.