If you have any serious injuries or illnesses that effect your body’s ability to move naturally and enjoy a variety of daily activities, your doctor may have recommended Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, or “OMT”, to treat you. Some professional healthcare providers utilize these advanced holistic techniques to effectively treat a variety of disorders along with, or even instead of, other heavily prescribed treatments like medication or corrective surgeries. The idea to use OMT stems from the existing knowledge that restriction or tightness in your muscles and nerves can cause numerous other problems, and by correcting these issue and restoring range of motion and relaxation to your body, we can more accurately aid in the healing of your body, diagnose hidden illnesses, and prevent future damage.
Having a professional DO perform these techniques on you can be a unique experience, but knowing what to expect upfront can ease any discomfort or hesitation before booking your appointment. OMT can affect several aspects of your body including your soft tissue, muscle energy, your fascia, and your cranium. OMT uses a variety of gentle and rhythmic touch techniques, similar to a massage, to stimulate these areas of the body and encourage its natural ability to repair itself. This controlled stretching and manipulation create waves of pressure that can alleviate pain and discomfort while also promoting healing and preventing further injury.
Whether you’re a professional athlete, weekend warrior, fitness guru, or avid enthusiast, no one is immune to unexpected pain. OMT can effectively treat a variety of conditions that cause shoulder pain, headaches, neck pain, and knee or other joint problems. People who have experience with OMT often report multiple benefits including significant reductions in pain, and even a decreased desire to reach for those pesky painkillers. Be aware that OMT cannot treat or cure every illness or injury, and some people suffering prolonged damage may still require the use of medications or procedures to restore full functionality, but unlike regular massage, in most cases anyone of any age including infants and seniors can reap the benefits of OMT, with even women in their third trimester of pregnancy showing significant physical improvements.
When it comes to your health and wellness, it’s important to choose care providers that are knowledgeable and experienced in treating your specific condition. If you or someone you know could benefit from professional Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy performed by a qualified specialist, then make an appointment at Osteopathic Health Care Associates with Dr. Shane Patterson by calling 586.221.2791, or complete the contact form in the sidebar to receive a return call from someone on our office staff.