Do’s and don’ts after a session, a small practical guide to continue on the road to recovery!
What happens during the session?
During the osteopathy session, your osteopath will take care of relieving your pain via various manipulations which will act on your body via the musculo-articular, neurological or fluidity system (arteries, veins, lymph …). In any case, a lot of information is transmitted to him.
As I repeat to my patients, when a blockage occurs, our brain sets up a deviation path via one of these systems, in order to bypass this fixed point. We then have the creation of a postural emergency system. The osteopathy session will then send the data necessary to switch back to the correct postural system. Only, it does not happen instantly. You will need several days and sometimes several sessions, all accompanied by various exercises, to get your body back on the right track. In fact, your brain will gradually transition the data from the emergency postural system to your correct postural system.
Mistakes to avoid
First, think about resting a bit. All this work will exhaust your already tired body trying to compensate for your pain and blockage for a few days / weeks / months or even years. However, avoid large, soft armchairs and with a low seat during back problems mainly, you will have difficulty getting up, your body is still recovering.
Do not check every 5 minutes if you can move your back and neck better … Let it rest a little longer.
Doing nothing at all is not the solution either, you have to move a little but with caution. You can always try telling your partner that he / she has to do everything at home tonight because the osteopathic practitioner has told you to rest.
Small tips to help you
As explained just above, move a little bit, do some everyday movements but by being more careful and asking for help (sorry, you will have to finally get your hands dirty), this allows the body to have postural benchmarks, to put the body back on the right track.
Depending on the pain, hot or cold can also speed up your recovery, or even certain oils and hydrate well, to help your body flush out toxins that have built up in the muscles.
Follow the movements well, stretching which will be given to you at the end of the session to release the remaining tensions.
All of these tips will help you improve your recovery, so you can get back to your normal life as quickly as possible.
Of course, if necessary, for pain that you do not understand, do not hesitate to contact your osteopath or make an appointment with your family doctor.