Learn more about osteopathic medicine and how it can help you.
Tired of your doctor simply writing you a prescription whenever you say you’re in pain or aren’t able to get your health problems under control? Not sure what’s causing your aches and pains but looking for a more therapeutic and comprehensive approach to care? If you said “yes,” then osteopathic wellcare could be for you.
What Is Osteopathic Wellcare?
An osteopath is a medical doctor that takes a holistic approach to care, which means that they believe that medical care should treat the individual as a whole rather than simply treating the areas where the symptoms have manifested. A whole-body approach to medical care and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is designed to support, heal and strengthen the musculoskeletal system while also improving other systems in the body, such as the circulatory and nervous systems.
Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses various techniques designed to stretch, reposition and realign areas of the body. It improves mobility while boosting nutrient-rich blood flow to help stimulate healing of the body and its system.
When To Consider Osteopathic Care?
If you are looking for a drug-free, therapeutic and safe approach to medical or preventive care, osteopathic wellcare may be right for you. An osteopath can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan just like a traditional medical doctor. Osteopathic care can also treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including,
- Posture issues
- Back and neck pain
- Knee, hip and foot pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive complaints
- Sleep disturbances
Before undergoing any osteopathic therapy, an osteopath will have an initial consultation with you to better understand your current symptoms and problems and take notes. They may recommend imaging tests to rule out certain conditions or provide a proper diagnosis.
An osteopathic manipulation appointment can take anywhere from one to two hours. During that time, an osteopath will gently stretch, bend and apply pressure to areas of the body to improve functionality, mobility and posture. An osteopath will pay particular attention to the joints, tissues and ligaments. Most individuals will benefit from undergoing multiple osteopathic sessions over several months. An osteopath can also provide home exercises, stretches, lifestyle modifications, supplementation, alternative therapies, and dietary changes. Again, an osteopath takes a holistic approach, so they will offer a wide range of options designed to support the body’s natural healing processes without the need for drugs or invasive procedures.
Dealing with issues that impact your neuromusculoskeletal system? If so, an osteopath may be able to help.