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Can Osteopathy Make You Worse?

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Understanding the Healing Crisis

During an osteopathy session, the practitioner may manipulate the body's tissues and joints to improve alignment and function.

This can sometimes lead to a temporary increase in symptoms or soreness as the body adapts to the new alignment.

This process is known as a healing crisis and is a common occurrence in holistic therapies like osteopathy.

Managing Potential Discomfort

If you experience discomfort after an osteopathy session, there are a few steps you can take to manage it.

Rest, hydration, and gentle movement can help alleviate soreness and support the body's healing process.

It is also important to communicate with your osteopath about any concerns or changes in symptoms to ensure a personalised and effective treatment plan.


In conclusion, while it is possible to experience temporary discomfort after an osteopathy session, this is typically a normal part of the healing process. By understanding the potential for a healing crisis and taking steps to manage any discomfort, you can maximise the benefits of osteopathy and support your journey towards improved health and well-being.

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