Osteopathic medicine has been around since the 1874. Osteopathic manipulation uses the whole person approach of medicine whereby bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and nerves are involved in the treatment of the whole person.
Osteopathic manipulation is used in addition to or in conjunction with traditional medicine. The physician will always do an extensive history and musculoskeletal physical examination as well as diagnostic test(s) if appropriate. Then the physician will determine if osteopathic manipulation is appropriate. This type of treatment involves a hands-on approach whereby the muscles and /or joints are stretched. Osteopathic techniques include soft tissue, muscle energy, direct, indirect, counterstrain, and HVLA. Not all techniques are appropriate for all conditions.
Possible Uses of Osteopathic Manipulation
- Neck Pain
- Mid Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Upper Extremity Disorders (such as elbow pain and Carpal Tunnel)
- Lower Extremity Disorders (such as hip pain)
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Spasm