Is osteopathic medicine right for you?
Whether you are dealing with back pain, headaches, or carpal tunnel syndrome, the one doctor that you can turn to treat various musculoskeletal conditions is an osteopathic physician. An osteopath is a doctor who has received specialized training to diagnose and treat various conditions and injuries involving the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones.
What is an osteopath and what do they do?
An osteopath understands how everything is interconnected and that everything has to be working properly for everything to function smoothly. Osteopathic manipulative medicine can benefit patients of all ages, providing a safe, effective, non-surgical, and drug-free alternative to treating aches, pains, stiffness, and other issues.
What conditions can benefit from osteopathic manipulation therapy?
Osteopathic manipulative medicine alleviates symptoms while promoting a faster recovery and a significant improvement in mobility. You could benefit from osteopathic manipulative treatment if you are dealing with any of these issues,
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Sinus problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstrual pain
- Tennis elbow
- Digestive problems
- Pains related to pregnancy
- Work or sports-related injuries
- Foot, ankle, hip, or knee pain
During your first appointment, an osteopath will go through your medical history and ask you questions about the symptoms you are experiencing. From there, they will perform a physical exam to determine what’s causing your symptoms. Sometimes imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays will need to be taken to make a definitive diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, your osteopathic team can create a custom treatment plan.
What makes osteopathic medicine different from traditional medical care?
Unlike medication, which only masks symptoms and doesn’t treat the root cause, the goal of an osteopath is to provide whole-body treatment options that address the cause of your symptoms (rather than only treating the symptoms) while also better managing symptoms of chronic or progressive conditions such as arthritis.
Osteopathic manipulation therapy involves applying various hands-on techniques designed to apply pressure or resistance or to stretch certain areas of the body to,
- Release tense and tight muscles
- Improve blood flow
- Reduce inflammation and pain
- Treat joint restrictions and misalignments
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve mobility
- Speed up the healing process
If you are dealing with any aches or pain in the muscles, ligaments, or joints, it’s important that you get the relief you need. Find out how an osteopathic doctor could help you treat or manage your symptoms.