Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment is a type of osteopathic medical treatment that is popular that uses a hands on system of both diagnosis and treatment. It is designed to help improve health of a patient and resolve any symptoms a patient might have by aligning the different structures o their body and helping to facilitate mobility.
This type of osteopathic medical treatment used osteopathy offices helps the different circulation systems in the body such as blood, lymphatic fluids, CSF and in the nervous system. It is believed that as the structure of the body starts to improve so will all of its functions.
Osteopathic medical treatment given to patients have shown to be very effective in treating both spinal and joint problems, arthritis, digestive disorders, bladder issues, menstrual issues, chronic pain as well as strains, sprains, sciatica, back pain, headaches, dental issues, fibromyalgia, colic and even behavioral problems.
When the structure of the body is aligned, the circulation is increased, the overall health of a person will improve. This means that functions of the body will be improved no matter what the health issue might be.
Philosophy of this type of medicine is that the body is a unit and all the regions and different parts of the body will affect each other. It is also believed that the structure and function of the body areas are all interrelated and that the body has its own self regulating and self healing mechanisms.
There are a variety of different osteopathic manipulative techniques that are used by osteopaths:
Soft Tissue Techniques – This includes stretching, kneading and inhibition. This involves applying pressure to the muscles and soft tissues. The goal is to relax the muscles.
Direct Osteopathic Techniques – This involves the patient be asked to flex a muscle against the pressure of the physician then to relax their muscle while the physician coordinates the treatment so to release any tension and then increase their range of motion.
Cranial Osteopathy – This involves working with inherent motion in a patients body. The cranial bones are palpated by the physician and through this light touch manipulation the restrictions and the asymmetries in the cranial bones can be improved. This gives better circulation and nerve function.
Indirect Treatment or Myofascial Release – This involves the physician holding a muscular-skeletal structure in some sort of position of ease and then balancing it in three planes of motion and then they continue to make small positional corrections until the tissues around the structure begin to relax.
Jones Strain/Counterstrain – This involves the positioning of a certain part of the body so that the tender point found can be pain free. By holding that position for a certain period of time and then allowing the tissues to relax, this will signal the brain to cause the muscle contraction to be reduced.