The healing in osteopathy is not like some sort of magic technique in which you just do a technique and magically the problem disappears. Things happen after you try to influence the body of the client. The symptoms of the problem do more than likely decrease. If you are a client or just someone who has no direct background on osteopathy, it might be helpful to note that dysfunction for medicine and osteopathy might not be the same. To give you a better picture medicine primarily tends to rely on imaging technology, lab test and history of the client in question. For osteopathy traditionally we listen to what happens to the body and how it needs help. I in no way am saying that you do not need imaging, technology and the history of the client each part has its own uses and are needed in its own way in specific situations. Osteopathy interacts with the body by using the fascia of the body, temperature, motion of the body parts and organs and the rhythmic movement of the parts of the body. The osteopath then determines which part of the body needs help which is the problematic part of the body.
Now that you have a better understanding of the difference in the problem areas of medicine in general and osteopathy. You might be asking is healing then different for general medicine and osteopathy? General medicine tends to solve the symptoms of the problem and depending on the skills of the doctor might be able to find the cause of the problem although as of the trends now or at least from the place where I come from most doctors just tend to just give the medicine and then send the client away and they eventually just become part of the demographic and client list. Osteopathy generally tend to try to listen to what the body needs and then uses their knowledge so as to solve the problem of bringing it back to function.
For the healing process general medicine based on my experience tend to just focus on the symptoms and if the doctor is good enough might offer some advice so as to be able to change the lifestyle of the client. Typically most drugs in the market are practically good for the short time but can usually cause some damage to the body when taken in the long run. One of the things worthy to note is that the human body one the normal healing function is disrupted tend to hold itself in the supporting position to protect the injured part and eventually the body just forgets that part so as to not feel the problem. It is as they say “out of sight out of mind”. For Osteopathy the process is very much depending on the person as such sometimes the problem site just dissolves or moves to another site. For osteopathy the problem site typically disappears when the injury typically is only caused by either the bone or the muscles. For the ones that seem to move typically the osteopath can and might consider problems with the organs or nerves. The unique thing about osteopathy is that if the injury is from quite a long time it actually tries to make the body remember what happened to that site as such sometimes the body just seems more painful or problematic than before but usually these things just last for about three days at least or a week at most. Generally most clients feel better after wards. As such for osteopathy as an osteopath it might be good to give the clients a bit of warning about the possible side effects of the technique.
Recently I stumbled upon some articles regarding surgery being a placebo. Personally I think medicine is one of the good things that happened to mankind and is not entirely bad on its own. It only becomes a placebo once it is used when it is not needed. I think it really is best in acute conditions and have seen a lot of my clients in the past being saved by medicine. The problem only begins when certain medicine that is only meant for short term are given for long term. In summary I think osteopathy is good for use as a treatment for chronic conditions probably after six weeks. Medicine is pretty good for acute conditions and can very much save a person’s life. As such everything has it’s pro’s and con’s and should be used for the well being of the client.