If you are living with hip pain, osteopathy may be a treatment option worth considering. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that uses massage, joint mobilization, and other techniques to improve mobility and function. It can be helpful for a wide range of conditions, including hip pain.
Osteopathy may have a substantial impact on the treatment and management of your hip pain, but this is dependent on the source of the pain and the extent of the damage already done. To identify the best course of treatment, our osteopathic practitioner in Oakville will look at the patient as a whole rather than simply the symptoms. The key to osteopathy therapy is to gently move the hip joint to stretch the soft tissues and disseminate synovial fluid (the joint’s natural lubrication) throughout the whole joint surface. In this case, your osteopath may use trigger point, fascia, visceral, or craniosacral treatment. One study found that osteopathy was effective for treating hip pain in both children and adults. Participants who received osteopathic treatment reported significant reductions in pain and improvements in function. Another study showed that osteopathy was more effective than physical therapy for treating hip impingement syndrome.
To establish an accurate diagnosis, X-rays, scans, and other testing may be necessary. Our osteopaths will send you to your primary physician in such instances.