Osteopathy is a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare that uses hands-on techniques to improve the circulation & correct altered biomechanics. It is the treatment done without medicine or drugs. Many osteopathic physicians serve as primary care physicians and offer family medicine, internal medicine, and paediatrics treatment.
An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area specifically. Instead, the physician uses manual techniques to relieve the body pains, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing of the patient.
The technique used in diagnosing, treating conditions and preventing illness or injury is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or OMM. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or OMT is done by moving a muscles and joints of the patient. This is done using techniques such as stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
The key osteopathic medicine is the technique is based on tightness and restriction in your nerves and muscles that are a cause or lead to other problems. The osteopathic physicians are trained to use their hands to gently move through the joints and tissues for corrections to remove the range of motion restrictions.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
In some cases, the osteopathic physician may also prescribe the medicine and use surgical methods to support the holistic and manual treatment. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is not hurting procedure and includes 40 different techniques:
- Soft tissue: through stretching and applying pressure on the muscles
- Muscle energy: Moving your muscles in a specific direction while the physician counters the movement
- Myofascial release: Using firm but gentle pressure to release tension in the fascia (the layer of connective tissue that surrounding your bones, muscles, and organs)
- Osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine: Applying soft pressure on the skull to stimulate the healing process
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is done to help people of all age groups and is used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility of the body. Osteopathy is a patient-centred treatment. The physician will discuss the patient’s health problems, listen, and take case notes during the consultation to reach the right decision of the type of treatment required. The session could even last approximately 45 minutes until the physician gets the right picture of the patient. The osteopathic physician will physically examine the patient and will be asked to demonstrate simple stretches and movements to help arrive at the accurate analysis of their posture and mobility.
The treatment can also help patients with several other health problems including –
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Menstrual pain
- Sinus disorders
- Foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
- Back pain,
- Neck pain
- Hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Postural problems due to pregnancy,
- Sports injury
- Driving or work strain
- Digestive issues
- And much more
OMT is used to treat structural & tissue abnormalities. It also helps in relieving the joint pain and misalignment such as that found in arthritis or postural problems. OMT is also used to restore muscle and tissue balance. It helps in promoting the overall movement of blood flow throughout the body of a person. The physicians can also detect conditions that could not be treated through osteopathy. In such cases, the physician refers the patients to other specialists.
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