osteopath for copd

What is COPD and How Can Osteopathy Help?

COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is a term used to describe any progressive lung disease. COPD could include Refractory Asthma, Emphysema, and Chronic Bronchitis. Currently, COPD is an incurable and progressive disease, usually characterised by breathlessness. While it’s incurable at the moment, with the right treatment and diagnosis, sufferers of COPD can manage their condition and enjoy a full life for many years.

If you suspect you may have COPD, it’s advised to contact your doctor for further examinations. COPD may be diagnosed by use of chest X-Ray, a lung function test (spirometry) and blood tests to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels.

We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help ease the pain often and discomfort often associated with COPD:

  1. Stop Smoking – Smoking can cause a plethora of issues especially to the respiratory system. Stopping smoking can help treat COPD and improve quality of life.
  2. Medication – After diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe some medication, this can include antibiotics to treat or prevent infections, inflammatory medications to reduce the inflammation of the airway walls and bronchodilators to open narrow airways.
  3. Antioxidants – Antioxidants are naturally occurring in many foods including; apples, berries, plums, olive oil and fish. Antioxidants help reduce damage caused by free radicals which has been linked to inflammation of the airways when the imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants leans too much towards oxidants.
  4. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) – This treatment can be used in conjunction with medication and other lifestyle changes to help improve the symptoms of COPD.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a set of techniques used to manipulate the body back into it’s natural balance. There haven’t been many studies on the effects of Osteopathic treatments for COPD, but the ones that have been conducted conclude that OMT along with Pulmonary Rehabilitation may help increase Residual Volume (RV) and in time help patients lead a better life.

When an osteopath sees a patient with COPD they will carefully examine the biomechanics of breathing. As breathing is such a complex mechanical process the osteopath, with their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, is in a unique place to evaluate your breathing both in quality and volume.

The osteopath will closely look at the movement of your ribs, diaphragm and the state of the muscles that effect and control breathing.

In addition, the osteopath will carefully examine your posture as this will have a bearing on breathing. A variety of techniques will be applied which include stretching of the ribs, chest wall and diaphragm. A variety of exercises will be prescribed to improve quality of breathing. The GHC 10 tips to better breathing will be applied as part of your patient care plan.

The Good Health Centre osteopaths have an in-house a capnograph which can asses the amount and ratio of gasses as you breath in and out. This is a great tool to assess your current state of health and will also be used to monitor progress.

To sum up, Osteopathic treatment is available to alleviate some of the symptoms of COPD, but for the best results, use OMT in line with doctors prescribed medicine,  stop smoking and stick to a balanced diet.

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Osteopathy for Children

Osteopathy for children and teenagers

Osteopathy is a safe therapy for patients of all ages, including children. Our experienced osteopaths Doug Olson, Aisha Mir and Simon Barnard run children’s osteopathy clinics at the Good Health Centre Monday to Saturday inclusive.

In this blog post, we look at how osteopathy treatments can help growing children and teenagers.

From aches, pains and posture problems in older children to teenagers’ rapid growth and hormonal changes, osteopaths are skilled in detecting areas of tension or strain in the body that are causing a child discomfort. Osteopaths understand the various demands on a growing child’s body and can help with many different problems associated with this.

Osteopaths believe that imbalances, strains and restrictions in the musculoskeletal framework of the growing child cannot only cause discomfort but can impact normal growth and development in a number of ways. Osteopaths focus on ensuring that a child’s musculoskeletal framework is physically comfortable and balanced, rather than merely treating a single condition.

Of course, each child is unique and our osteopaths consider the whole child in their initial examination and treatment plan, which is tailored to the individual child.

Many of the children Simon sees come to his clinics after falls or injuries. Minor falls are common in children, of course, but occasionally they can upset the physical balance of a child’s body. Simon finds that he can help improve children’s quality of movement with gentle treatments to their muscles and joints.

More information about osteopathy treatments for children and teens is available in our Child & Teenager leaflet – ask our reception team for a copy.

No one knows a child better than their parent. If you are concerned about your child, notice changes in their general health or well-being that do not have an obvious medical cause, or they start to complain of pain, make an appointment for them at one of Simon’s children’s osteopathy clinics – call us on 0113 237 1173 or get in touch.

About Doug Olson

In 1998, Doug graduated with First Class Honours from the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy (now known as the British College of Osteopathic Medicine) in London. After working in London for a year, Doug decided to move to Yorkshire in 1999 for a better quality of life, and he started to work with Amittai Sevi at the Good Health Centre in Leeds. Since that time Doug has helped develop the practice and has enjoyed working with a wide variety of patients.

About Aisha Mir

Aisha graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Osteopathic Medicine, and a diploma in Naturopathy. She has been working abroad in East Africa, and Malaysia, and has recently relocated to back to the UK.

About Simon Barnard

Simon qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 1987. Since then he has worked in many locations and currently works at the Good Health Centre on Wednesday and Saturdays. Simon is also an osteopathy tutor at Leeds Beckett University.


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