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Osteolife | July 14, 2020 | Education

Well-being is more than being pain free

Osteopathy and TRE are approaches to well-being that many people – even those who are highly health-conscious – aren’t aware of.

A core focus of osteopathy is that feeling well goes far beyond being free of pain and illness. Hence, osteopathy uses an holistic approach based on the fact that all systems in the body are interconnected.


TRE – “Tension, Stress and Trauma Release exercise” – is an exercise program that is sometimes used alongside osteopathy to assist with self-management of stress.


When people first hear about the benefits of osteopathy and TRE, they often want to learn more – but aren’t sure about where to start. This guide covers some of the most frequently asked questions about both practices.


What are Osteopathy and TRE? 

The osteopathic philosophy embraces an holistic approach. In practice, osteopaths explore various factors that could impact your health and well being, including environmental circumstances and lifestyle choices.


In developed countries, such as Australia and the United States, osteopathic medicine is the fastest-growing branch of medical practice. In the US alone, there has been a 68 per cent increase in osteopathic practitioners in the last decade (Osteopathic.org)

You must be a qualified and registered osteopath to practice in Australia.


TRE – “Tension, Stress, and Trauma Relief Exercises” – is a program that was developed by Dr. David Berceli, PhD. These simple and gentle exercises evoke a natural reflex that causes the body to shake to release stress and tension.

When you first experience TRE, it is recommended to learn from a TRE provider to ensure all safety and protocol are followed.


How can Osteopathy and TRE help you? 

People who use osteopathy have been able to manage chronic pain, as well as aches and pains during pregnancy. Osteopathy can help with a wide range of conditions such as muscle and skeletal pain, tension and post-surgery recovery.


Through gentle exercises helps release tension in the body, TRE also helps you find a natural balance within your body. People who practice TRE may experience increased energy, more flexibility, and reduced stress and anxiety.


TRE doesn’t replace any professional mental healthcare to treat trauma and anxiety. Please seek professional help if you are experiencing any severe mental health conditions as TRE is not suitable for everyone.


Why do Osteopathy and TRE work well together?

These two practices are a powerful match because they each rely on natural physical responses for pain relief and well-being. Osteopaths focus on components of the body, such as bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and connective tissues, and how they work in harmony.

To reach that natural balance, osteopaths use various indirect techniques such as biodynamic or cranial osteopathy, joint mobilisation or myofascial release to name a few.

The treatments shouldn’t feel painful, but it’s normal to feel slight soreness after your first session as your body is adjusting to the treatment.


TRE also uses physical activities, like stretching and movement, that leads to the shaking.  The goal is to help the body release any stress, trauma or tension that may be caused by past or present stressors.


What are the side-effects of Osteopathy and TRE? 

Osteopathy: You may feel some soreness up to 48 hours after treatment. Please contact your osteopath if needed.


TRE: You may experience some discomfort after the session. Please contact your TRE provider if you have any questions.


Where do Osteopathy and TRE come from? 

The practice of osteopathy dates back to the late 1800s. It was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in Missouri, USA, and it became a popular practice because of its positive results in treating conditions like dysentery, arthritis and sciatica.

In 1892, Dr. Still took 22 osteopathic students under his wing to teach them his treatment methods, and the practice has flourished ever since.


TRE was developed by David Berceli PhD, an expert in trauma intervention and dispute resolution. He’s traveled the world to share his research and knowledge of trauma recovery with others, and teaches TRE through a certification program that helps practitioners learn the principles of the TRE practice.


Do you need enhanced well-being and/or an holistic approach to health?  Osteopathy and TRE may be the solution for you.

Book your initial osteopathy session with OsteoLife today and receive a complimentary 1-hour introduction to TRE here.



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