Daniel Parent

Muscle, bone, and joint: Pain treated in osteopathy


The well-deserved reputation of osteopathy for treating injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, is based on more than 150 years of success of this manual medicine in this field of practice. And today back, shoulder, knee, hip, and foot pain are among the most common reasons for consultation in the osteopath. It is therefore a question of the various disorders related to muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

Back pain alone is related to nearly half of the treatments provided by osteopaths. These are as much acute problems (sprains, sports or professional injuries, etc.), as chronic problems (herniated discs, low back pain or lumbagos, joint pain, perinatal pain, sequelae of scoliosis, tendonitis, etc.). It also includes:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascist, Lenoir’s spine, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) caused by working postures (long sitting in front of the computer, for example),
  • Back pain and neck pain, various sprains, whiplash , torticollis, blocked back.
  • Vertebral pain, costal, coccyx and sacrum, off-center walking pattern, etc.


Sometimes the injury occurred as part of a sporting activity. And with the appearance of extreme sports, this becomes more frequent. Other times trauma occurs during a task of daily life. And often discomfort or injury settles within his professional functions, whether suddenly (accident) or gradually (accumulation stress).

Among occupational injuries some are more frequent.

  • Shoulder pain often occurs in carpenters, hairdressers, house painters, clerks doing the shelving in particular.
  • Osteopaths are often consulted for elbow pain by computer professionals, mechanics, cashiers, etc.
  • Suffering in the wrists, hands or fingers is frequently observed in factory workers, office automation technicians, etc.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders associated with the spine and other back pain are often the reason for consultation with all those whose job requires the handling of heavy and repeated loads. … Construction, agricultural, road, warehouses, attendants, etc.
  • Knee problems affect plumbers, masons, market gardeners, roofers, etc. a lot.


The causes of myalgia (muscle pain) can be diverse. Originally there is sometimes an anatomical lesion. In these cases we hear about “breakdown”. This is elongation, partial tear or rupture. Other times there is no lesion on the muscle, as in cases of stiffness, cramp or contracture.

And still other times the cause is external, as in the case of a bruise, or associated with a specific pathology. For example; a hernia, hematoma, or inflammatory myopathy (dermatomyositis, overlapping myositis, sporadic inclusion myopathy, autoimmune necrotizing myopathy, etc.)


Depending on the causes of the pain, the history of its appearance, the severity, sometimes the associated pathology, and any other information collected during the anamnesis, the care will differ: All these aspects are part of the investigation of the osteopath, in addition to testing mobility, vitality, alignment, etc.

From then on the treatment can begin, except in the rare cases where the osteopath finds that the referral to another specialist is indicated. In case of suspected serious injury, it sometimes happens that the osteopath asks his patient to obtain medical examinations, but it is exceptional that this leads to the need for surgery.

  • The osteopath will use techniques such as drainage, inhibitions, sanding, reflex points, etc. Immediately after a trauma he sometimes appeals to the cold or to rest. Later he will often resort to exercises to do at home, etc.
  • Also, the osteopath always ensures harmony in blood supply and innervation in relation to the area in pain, It checks the blockages and balance of surrounding tissues and structures (joint, digestive, venous, cardiac, respiratory systems, etc.). It also works to optimize operation at the level of bio-mechanics, lines of gravity, lines of force, etc.
  • Then more generally thanks to different techniques it allows the vital force of the patient to express itself and circulate well in all the body by lifting the blockages that hinder it. This moment of care is very important to consolidate the benefits obtained.

If any of these ailments affect you, there are solutions. 514 382-4774



The causes of joint pain can be the consequence of trauma (fracture, sprain, bruise, etc.), or the inflammatory phenomenon, or a bio-mechanical disorder, or a bad posture / habit, or the side effect of a drug, or a degenerative state, etc. We therefore understand that the causes can be very varied.

The main consequence of joint pain is the loss of mobility in the affected area. Because pain leads to a protective reflex.: By reducing its movement the suffering structure protects itself. This happens, whether voluntarily or not. This is the body language that it is wise to listen to!

Sprains, tendonitis, subluxation, capsulitis, pain associated with osteoarthritis or arthritis, bursitis and others, are among the joint conditions for which people most often consult an osteopath


In all these cases, the intervention of an osteopath can be extremely useful. This one acts using methods of care to soothe, and often dTo treat a joint problem the osteopath will appeal to the same general principles that characterize the osteopathic approach, as we have just seen for muscle pain. And to the techniques already mentioned in the chapter on muscle disorders, it will be added according to the circumstances more specific processes to the joint field, such as mobilizations, pumping, osteo-articular adjustments, etc.


In all these cases, the intervention of an osteopath can be extremely useful. It works by using care methods to soothe, and often eliminate, these muscular and joint conditions. The people of Longueuil, Saint-Lambert, Brossard and Saint Hubert turn to the Osteopathy Firm D. Parent.

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395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774


395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774


395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774


395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774

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