Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a general term referring to numerous types of manipulation techniques that can be used to effectively treat structural or functional problems in the bones, joints, tissues, and muscles of the body. Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy/Treatment (OMT) works to restore your body naturally and improve patient health in less time than other invasive treatments. OMM can be used to treat countless injuries and ailments including headaches, sports or stress injuries, arthritis, chronic pain, and more, and can be used safety with other forms of treatment or medication. Trained, professional Osteopathic physicians should be the only ones to ever perform any Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy/Treatment (OMT) in order to reduce the risks of furthering your injury or illness.
A lot of times people confuse Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy/Treatment (OMT) with chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy, when in all actuality it has many differences from the two. One important difference is that unlike other healthcare providers, osteopathic physicians have superior in-depth training that applies fundamental philosophy of osteopathic healthcare with exceptional understanding of the body and it’s various systems, which allows for them to anticipate in what way manipulative medicine will affect each patient. Though many assume that osteopathic manipulation is only useful for musculoskeletal conditions like back or knee pain, but unlike many other treatments, osteopathic manipulation can easily be used on any part of the body in an effort to promote better self-healing. Various technique categories include:
- High Velocity, Low Amplitude Thrust Technique – Patient contracts his/her muscles precisely to alleviate muscle stiffness and joint restriction
- Strain-Counterstrain Technique – Physician will move the patient into a specific position meant to relieve pain from localized spots
- Myofascial Release Technique – Gentle force is applied by a professional to reduce neurologically mediated tension to any part of the body
Therapeutic manipulation techniques have the capacity to soothe patients and affect them on all physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Osteopathic physicians trust that our bodies have the natural ability to self-heal, but that it’s important to offer proper supportive therapy and other preventive measures to ensure each patient returns to their peak health as quickly as possible, which is why osteopathic physicians rely exclusively on patient-centered tactics in their health care practices. Osteopathic physicians focus on the entire person while diagnosing and developing treatment plans for patients by looking at every part of the body to find places that can be manipulated and normalized in an effort to improve their function. At Osteopathic Health Care Associates, we believe that this is the best, most effective method to relieving chronic pain and supporting proper natural healing.
Let Osteopathic Health Care Associates help you find a path to greater health, comfort and well-being. To learn more about preventing, reducing or eliminating your pain, 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.