Mechanical or structural pain is pain not caused by an illness or pathology.  It can be caused by an injury, like a muscle tear, or when there has been no injury but there is still damage, like a repetitive strain, or when no damage has occurred, like a tension headache.  Understanding the cause of the injury will determine the best treatment plan.  All Osteopaths are trained in orthopaedic diagnostics so they understand the cause of the pain and can adapt their treatment accordingly.

Pain following injury

Immediately after an injury there is an acute pain followed by inflammation and repair.  The time it takes to repair depends on the severity and the treatment received.

Recent research that has shown the benefit of passive movement, as used in harmonic techniques, in speeding up the repair process and reducing pain and swelling.

Pain with no injury but still damage.

These pains are usually the result of faulty movement behaviour and can cause acute or chronic pain that lasts for a long time.  Faulty movements can create pressure or tension in certain areas.  These areas can become irritated or impinged and, over time, damaged, weakened or fatigued.  There will be an inflammatory response but this time they do not heal because the pressure or tension still remains.

Harmonic Osteopathy utilises the latest scientific understanding of the effects of manual therapy in reversing these faulty movement behaviours.  By taking away the cause the pain can resolve normally.

Pain with no damage

Sometimes pain occurs when there is no damage, like a tension headache.  When this happens there is no inflammatory response.  The cause is usually down to faulty behaviour that is putting pressure or tension somewhere.  Like in a tension headache the faulty is too much tension.

Harmonic Osteopathy uses the most up to date techniques of manual therapy and acupuncture to relieve the faulty behaviour and reduce the pain sensation.