Osteopathic Manipulations

Osteopathic
Manipulations

Osteopathy views the body as having an innate ability to heal itself. Osteopathic manipulations are used to alleviate pain and realign the body, in order to optimize natural healing. There are many different types of osteopathic manipulations that are used during a single session, such as cranio-sacral or spinal and joint techniques. Most osteopathic manipulations are very gentle and subtle, but make a big difference in the overall functioning of the musculoskeletal system.

Osteopathic manipulations can immediately decrease pain and improve function. Sometimes, the effects are long lasting. On average, it is good to experience a manipulation monthly or quarterly, for maintenance, but sometimes it is necessary to have a weekly manipulation when there is a tight or painful muscle.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Are osteopathic manipulations the same thing my chiropractor does?

Osteopathic manipulations encompass a variety of manipulation techniques. Some of the techniques are similar to chiropractic adjustments, and other techniques are very gentle.

2. What are the benefits of osteopathic manipulations?

Osteopathic manipulation is a safe, effective treatment for back pain and a wide range of health conditions. Using this hands-on approach, Osteopaths realign your body, restore balance and work with you to achieve optimum health. OMT helps prevent disease so you can live a healthy lifestyle.

3. Can osteopathic manipulations help my back pain?

Osteopathic manipulations are predominately used to alleviate pain conditions anywhere in the body. It is also used to decrease headaches and signs of concussion. Some of the conditions that osteopathic manipulations may help treat which commonly cause back pain, neck pain, headache pain, shoulder pain, etc.

4. Can osteopathic manipulations help my migraines?

Yes, the majority of headaches are caused by tension and poor posture, osteopathy is ideally placed to provide treatment and relief in these areas. An Osteopath will be able to identify reduced mobility in the joints of your spine. Helping to improve spinal movement and decrease muscle tension may help the pain of a migraine. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose the cause of your headache.

5. What is an osteopathic physician or a DO?

A DO, or Doctor of Osteopathy, is a western trained physician, just like an MD (medical doctor). A DO goes through 4 years of medical school, with the same cirrculum as their MD counterparts. However, DOs tend to learn a more holistic approach to care and learn hands on manipulations in addition to medical school. After medical school, DOs attend a variety of residency programs, including surgery, emergency medicine, and more. Some doctors of osteopathy never even practice their hands on care.

6. Is Osteopathic Manipulation safe?

Osteopathic manipulation is a safe, effective treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Using this hands-on approach, DOs realign your body, restore balance and work with you to achieve optimum health. OMT helps prevent disease so you can live a healthy lifestyle.

7. How long does osteopathic manipulation take?

Your Osteopath will ask about your symptoms, lifestyle and other health concerns. It’s important to share information about your sleep habits, activity level, diet and mental health. DOs use this information to gain a clear picture of how your lifestyle affects your overall well-being. Manipulations take 10-30 minutes.

8. What happens during OMT?

During osteopathic manipulation, you’ll stand up, sit or lie down on an exam table. Your DO will touch your muscles and soft tissues and move your limbs in different positions. There are more than 40 OMT techniques. Your DO may use one technique or several of them.

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