Here are a few examples of how Osteopathic Manual Therapy can help.
Headaches are caused by a variety of issues. Because osteopathic manual therapy addresses many different symptoms in the body, it can often be an effective treatment for headaches. One area that osteopathic manual therapists become skilled in treating is the cervical spine and cranium. Treatments here are very gentle and help to improve blood flow to and from the head, relieve muscle spasm and improve transmission of information from the nervous system. This improved circulation helps reduce the pain and dysfunction experienced by headache sufferers.
Digestive issues may often be caused by compression, adhesion or strain in the ligaments and supportive connective tissue around an organ. This can cause discomfort, gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. Osteopathic practitioners use their hands to gently manipulate organs, restoring normal function and mobility of each organ. This will not only help improve digestion, but also improve overall vitality.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy has a different approach to treating the body than many conventional forms of pain management. Osteopathic practitioners look at the body as a whole, not just as a set of symptoms. If someone comes in complaining of lower back pain, an assessment will be done from head to toe to determine if there are other regions or structures of the body (for instance an organ) that may be creating tension in the lower back. In this way, practitioners are able address many areas of acute or chronic pain including backs, necks, knees, ankles and shoulders.
The sinuses are a series of connected hollow cavities in the skull. Constant movement and pumping of the bones and tissues that surround these cavities is necessary for proper sinus drainage to occur. Trauma to the head, history of infection or tension in the jaw may result in a loss of this pumping action, leading to sinus congestion and pain. Osteopathic practitioners can successfully restore this movement and help resolve any related symptoms.
Pregnancy is a time filled with many changes. Sometimes these changes may be uncomfortable. It is important for the body to move and adapt throughout the pregnancy term. Prior injury or strain in the tissue may not allow a smooth transition through these nine months. Osteopathic Manual Therapy can help remove those strains to help a woman’s body accommodate the growth and delivery of a new baby.
Though children are adaptable to the many bumps and bruises associated with childhood, significant trauma can lead to biomechanical dysfunction. These dysfunctions may impact a child’s growth and development. The gentle manipulations performed by an Osteopathic Manual Therapist can help restore harmony to the tissues impacted by such trauma, allowing children to move and grow freely.