Have you been experiencing sudden neck or joint pain and are looking for a drug-free way to improve your wellness? Or have you been dealing with the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and are looking for relief? An osteopathic manipulation treatment with us might be just what you need to start feeling better. Here’s what to know about osteopathic manipulation treatment and its benefits in integrative medicine.
What is Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment?
Osteopathic manipulation treatment, or OMT, is a practice in integrative medicine that uses manual pressure or force to treat various neuromuscular conditions. Osteopathic medicine is based on four principles:
- A patient is composed of body, mind, and spirit, and all three aspects need to be in balance for optimal well-being
- Your body possesses a system of self-healing
- Structure and function are correlated
- Osteopathic treatment takes into consideration all three principles
It is performed by trained physicians known as osteopaths who use proven methods to improve physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. People of all ages have benefited from OMT, and common uses include treating chronic low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and headaches.
What Are the Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment?
As a drug-free therapy, OMT is also non-invasive and can be used to treat various illnesses and diseases in patients of all ages and fitness levels. OMT has been commonly used to treat patients with:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Pregnancy pains
- Ear infections, sore throats
- Digestive issues
What to Expect During an Osteopathic Manipulation Session
If you’ve never been to an osteopathic manipulation treatment, you might be wondering what to expect during your first appointment. A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) or certified osteopathic physician at Next Level Medical Centers will begin by asking a set of questions to determine your current health status. They may also request X-rays and other tests to be carried out to get a complete look at your health, including tests to determine your mental well-being, current lifestyle, and diet.
Your doctor may also perform a hands-on osteopathic manipulative treatment during your actual appointment, depending on what symptoms you may be experiencing. This may include gentle pressurized motions, stretches, and even massages to help your muscles and bones mobilize freely. While many patients report feeling relief after just one session, your doctor may recommend several more treatments, depending on the issue, or just to maintain a high level of wellness.
For more information about osteopathic manipulation, contact Next Level Medical Centers at (815) 708-6195.