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Could you benefit from a hands-on approach to your healthcare?

The idea that your body can heal itself is nothing new. However, the trend of incorporating natural pain relief into traditional medical care seems to be on the rise as medical studies prove the benefits of using alternative therapies to treat health conditions.

If you’ve researched “natural pain relief”, you may have come across a description of osteopathic manipulation, a treatment used in osteopathic medicine. Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine, or OMM, is a type of manual therapy that uses physical contact to heal the body and correct faulty function of the musculoskeletal system.

And you don’t want your musculoskeletal system to be out of whack.

Your musculoskeletal system is what allows your body to move. It provides stability, form, and movement of the human body. OMM incorporates various techniques applied to this very important system, including the joints, their surrounding soft tissues, muscles and fascia (tissue that provides support and protection).

Very often, you’ll see OMM performed right in your doctor’s office where conventional medicine is usually practiced. While OMM is traditionally ascribed to DO’s (or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine), there are MD practitioners who are certified in this practice as well. Many osteopathic medical schools have created training programs for their MD counterparts.

Osteopathic manipulation is intended to be used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments where it is deemed appropriate. It is rarely used as a primary treatment regimen unless your problems are a result of musculoskeletal somatic dysfunction, meaning you have reversible altered functioning of the musculoskeletal system.

Can you benefit from OMM?

Osteopathic manipulation can help people of all ages and backgrounds. It has a number of different uses, including easing pain, promoting healing, and increasing mobility.
Beyond just treating muscle pain, OMM can also help with:

  • Menstrual pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Sinus disorder
  • Asthma

What you can expect during osteopathic manipulation treatment?

OMM restores balance to the whole body. As a patient receiving this treatment, you may be a passive or active participant in the process.

  • Passive- you take no role in the treatment process. As a patient, you sit or lay down passively while the physician performs the technique on you.

  • Active- you are guided by the physician to be an active participant in the treatment. The provider may ask you to contract muscles or use breathing.

Before performing any osteopathic manipulative technique, the physician will take your history and perform a physical exam to determine which problems you are experiencing and which option of treatment will work for you. Each time you are seen for treatment, the physician will examine you and evaluate how your body has responded to treatment and determine what, if any, further treatment is needed.

OMM is very useful in modern medicine as a treatment to help create an ideal environment for the body to naturally heal itself. Understanding osteopathic manipulation can help you in determining if it’s right for you. Would you benefit from a hands-on approach? Community Care Physicians PC offers osteopathic manipulation medicine at our Albany Family Practice Group office, located at 2 Clara Barton Drive. Click here for more information on the practice or call 518-207-CARE.

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