In osteopathic manipulative treatment, a physician uses a series of hand movements to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. An osteopathic physician will move muscles and joints using stretching, gentle pressure and resistance techniques.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment can be effective in the treatment of a number of disorders including:
- Acute and chronic neck and back pain
- Muscle pain
- Sinus disorders
- Menstrual pain
- Carpal tunnel
- Central nervous system disorders
Forms of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
An osteopathic physician focuses on the musculoskeletal system, including soft tissues and joints outside the spine. Some popular osteopathic technique:
- Myofascial release technique- Myofascial release technique is used for effective treatment and rehabilitation of the facial tissues that surrounds the muscles. A practitioner will look for slight sensation in the facial tissue which will indicate the tissues are ready to loosen. The practitioner will help the tissue to follow a pattern of movement. This process is continued for several sessions until a full release is achieved.
- High velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) technique– Also known as the “thrust technique”, HVLA is used to release restrictions in the movement by applying a rapid, therapeutic force. The movement does not exceed the anatomic barrier or range of motion of a joint.
- Strain-counter strain technique– Until the sensitivity decreases, this technique focuses on finding delicate points and manipulating the associated joints. It increases movement and brings relief from muscle pain and spasm.
- Muscle energy technique– The osteopathic physician will help the patient to move certain parts of the body from a controlled position aiming in a specific direction. It strengthens weak muscles.
- Osteopathy in the cranial field– It is believed the tissues surrounding the spinal cord and brain experience a certain rhythmic pulsation, causing subtle movements of the bones of the skull. A practitioner of cranial-sacral therapy is able to distinguish these rhythms and gently shape the bones. However, existence of such cranial rhythms is controversial.
Contact IMC – Integrated Medical Care
At IMC, our expert osteopathic manipulation specialists analyze the underlying causes and symptoms of the injury/pain. They make sure the patient receives care and support for recovery. We can help you relieve your pain and maintain good health.
For a consultation with our osteopathic manipulative treatment specialists, call 845-535-9884 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also leave us a message at our contact us page.
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