What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Find out how osteopathic medicine can support a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

When dealing with an illness, disorder, or injury, you may notice that many parts of the body are affected. Our bodies work together to function as a whole, so when one area of the body is injured or impaired, it throws off everything else. That’s when turning to an osteopathic physician can provide your body with a hands-on, non-invasive and systemic approach to comprehensive treatment and healing.

What is involved in osteopathic manual medicine?

Also referred to as osteopathic manipulative medicine, this treatment employs a variety of hands-on manipulations to the muscles, joints, organs, and other soft tissues within the body through resistance movements, gentle pressure, and other non-invasive techniques designed to improve the alignment of the musculoskeletal system.

Who can benefit from osteopathic manual medicine?

From athletes and children to seniors and working professionals, people of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from regular osteopathic manipulative therapy sessions. Osteopathic manual medicine can help those dealing with,

  • Joint pain
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Bulging and herniated discs
  • TMJ disorder and jaw pain
  • Whiplash
  • Respiratory disorders (e.g., asthma)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Menstrual pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal problems and disorders
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Overuse syndrome or injuries

Osteopathic manipulation treatment can loosen stiff joints, improve mobility and range of motion, promote blood flow and faster healing to muscle and tissue, and improve the body’s alignment. Osteopathic medicine provides an excellent complementary treatment for patients with chronic pain and other symptoms that may not respond to traditional medicine. Furthermore, patients seeking drug-free treatment options may benefit from coming into the office for regular osteopathic care.

What treatments do we offer?

An osteopathic doctor focuses on whole-body, drug-free, and non-invasive treatments that support health and well-being while preventing disease. An osteopath can work to create healthier habits and lifestyles that support your health.

At the same time, osteopathic interventions can also improve conditions that impact the neuromusculoskeletal system, from headaches and digestive complaints to pain due to poor posture. Osteopath techniques involve stretching, placing pressure on, and adding resistance to certain areas of the body to improve functionality and mobility.

Whether you are dealing with back pain, migraines, tennis elbow, or poor sleep, an osteopath can work with you to create a treatment plan to alleviate these issues and improve your health and quality of life.

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