After Treatment Care

You’ve taken the first step on your journey of recovering from your pain and working towards optimal function. Osteopathic treatment can assist the body to heal, can increase the likelihood of a complete recovery and can support you during those unfortunate times of injury reoccurrence should they arise. We want to support and prepare you for what may occur over the coming days, weeks and months as your body works through its stages of healing.


After treatment care

Depending on your condition, your osteopath may recommend that you apply heat or ice around the area of treatment for 10-15 minutes, several times a day for the next 12-24 hours. All patients should maintain their water intake post treatment. This is essential as the body heals at a cellular level and it requires fluid to do so. Modify your activity levels initially by taking it easy on yourself in the first 24-48 hours after treatment, however complete bedrest is generally not advisable and gentle movement often helps recovery. In fact, your osteopath may have given you specific stretches and exercises to do at home and will advise you when to start these.


Reactions to treatment

It is normal for the body to react to treatment as osteopathic techniques are designed to realign and balance the body’s systems so as to assist the body to heal itself. It is natural for the body to react to the changes that it undergoes during the healing process as it is getting used to a new normal. It can be like doing a gym workout when you haven’t done one for a while, the body will adjust and be stronger for it. It’s common to feel a little stiff or sore the next day following treatment, this usually lasts around 24-48 hours and may be felt up to 2 to 5 days after treatment.


Common reactions to treatment include muscle pain, tenderness to touch and general discomfort. Other possible reactions include, headache, nausea, thinner or discoloured stools, emotionally sensitive, decreased or increased appetite and the original complaints that brought you to the practitioner can be amplified. These are usually quite rare, but are often a normal process. Reactions are different for each individual and are dependent on the osteopathic techniques used, the seriousness of your complaint and your general physical condition.


If you are experiencing any of these normal reactions just mentioned, the best things to do is avoid strenuous activity, keep the area warm with a heat pack, wheat bag or covered hot water bottle (unless your osteopath has recommended ice). Continue any exercises or stretches your osteopath has recommended unless they appear to be aggravating the symptoms. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.


EWC – Patient Handout – Text Kyle