The body’s reaction
after an osteopathic session
When a consultation is coming to an end, it’s not uncommon to hear the osteopath tell you not to participate in sports activities for the next couple of days, and to let yourself rest instead. But why is this a necessary precaution?
Relief may be felt immediately at the end of a consultation, there could be muscle soreness or hypersensitivity of the area that was worked on for two days following the procedure; this is a natural effect called rebound.
The rebound effect is a temporary reactionary aggravation that happens the day or the second day after the osteopathic treatment, even though everything seemed to have gotten better.
The intensity of the rebound effect depends on each patient and seems to depend on the chronic nature of the condition, the tissues concerned and the importance of the trauma at the origin of all the pain.
How long does is usually take to see if a treatment worked?
In the first 24 to 48 hours, it is possible to feel :
Pain in the areas of contraction as they release.
An increase in the original pain, the appearance of new pain in areas above and below.
Some visceral symptoms such as irregular bowels or gastric reflux.
The normalisation of zones can therefore cause an increase in symptoms or can cause some new ones to appear, although these can be reversed.
As of the 4th day, the body finds its balance following the session: It is at this moment that you will feel the benefits of the treatment.
There are improvements that you will see over time, in the intensity and the frequency of the pain.
15 days after the session, the body has normally integrated all the osteopathic corrections.
Did you schedule a follow-up session with your osteopath? If so, that means that your therapist hopes to extend or complete his treatment.
In fact, when the body is not in balance, it has a tendency to return to its original state and the initial pain can return.
You should understand that the body remembers the mobility restrictions, no matter how long ago they occurred.
That’s why your osteopath advises you to book another session to ensure that the body has completely integrated the corrections that were made.
Under these conditions, you can then expect to receive long-lasting results from your care.
Rest as much as possible
Do the stretching exercises
Follow a balanced diet
Don’t hesitate to call your osteopath with any questions that might arise after treatment, as he or she is the best person to address them.
In conclusion, it is recommended not to do intense physical activity, to not plan on large cleaning tasks or moving of furniture, nor any intense DIY projects.
Take advantage of the time to take a break and to let your body rest. Thank your body, treat it well and watch over it carefully. It does what it needs to do, and it does it well.