Winter Coughs & Osteopathy

Rebecca Langford, Registered Osteopath

Now that the temperature has dropped quite noticeably many people are starting to suffer with horrible colds and coughs.  It is quite understandable, when you are feeling unwell, that you might want to cancel your appointment, but did you know that osteopathy can make you feel a lot more comfortable?

When you are coughing repeatedly, whether you have an irritable dry cough or a productive cough, you are using your respiratory muscles (the diaphragm, the intercostal muscles, muscles that attach from the neck into the ribcage, and others) and when these muscles get overused, it can lead to discomfort and tension in your ribcage, upper back, neck and even in your lower back and abdomen.

When these areas get sore and stiff it can make the act of coughing feel very unpleasant and it may feel difficult to take a full, deep breath.  Osteopathic treatment directed to these areas can help to ease your breathing and help you to clear your lungs of phlegm more easily.  Your osteopath can also help with drainage techniques for blocked sinuses and middle ear pain.

Additionally, some studies have shown that many types of hands-on therapy can be good for the immune system, which can always do with a boost if you’re fighting a virus – and there is current research looking into the effects of some osteopathic techniques on the immune system and fighting infections (Hodge, 2012).

For further information or to book an appointment with Rebecca Langford or with one of our other practitioners, please call our reception team on Tel: 020 8977 3295.

Reference: Hodge, L (2012) Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump Techniques to Enhance Immunity and Treat Pneumonia.  International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 15 (1) pp13-21