An osteopathic doctor is a doctor who has extensive advanced training in the use of manual medicine, a “hands-on” technique used to evaluate and treat health conditions. Osteopaths focus on restoring health by optimizing the musculoskeletal system, including the joints, muscles, connective tissues, and spine.
Osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) uses a series of “hands-on” techniques to evaluate a patient’s symptoms, identify the source of those symptoms and determine the most appropriate treatment. The manipulation techniques use a combination of movements and palpation (gentle pressure) to evaluate and move the areas of the body where symptoms are occurring to develop a better understanding of the extent of symptoms in addition to the underlying cause.
Osteopathic manipulation can be used to assess and guide treatment of an array of issues, including:
In addition to assessing and treating specific medical conditions, osteopathic manipulation also can be used proactively to diagnose and treat issues before they develop into more serious conditions, helping patients avoid the need for prolonged courses of medication or more invasive treatments.
First, the doctor will ask about any specific symptoms you may have noticed.
Based on that information and a review of your medical history, the doctor will carefully evaluate the areas where symptoms are occurring using gentle stretching and resistance techniques to gauge the responses of your body and to assess function, mobility, and symptom triggers.
The same techniques can be used to evaluate the joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, as well as the circulatory and lymphatic systems, all of which can play a role in both acute and chronic medical conditions.
Once the doctor has identified the source or cause of the symptoms, other OMT techniques can be employed, using gentle pressure and stretching to relieve pain and muscle or joint restrictions and to restore optimal circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce inflammation and promote natural healing.
No. While they may sound similar, the techniques used by an Osteopathic doctor are much different. The best way to learn more about OMT is to make an appointment with Dr. Knight at Gresham Women’s Healthcare.
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