Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy is an effective hands on therapeutic technique used by licensed osteopathic physicians. The purpose of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy is to locate where your skeletal system is dysfunctional and then work intimately with your skeletal system to bring it back into balance. The purpose of Osteopath for Perth SOR is to restore and when possible, enhance your skeletal system’s natural structure. Osteopathic therapists use manipulative devices like braces, headgear and gloves and use clinical and manual treatment methods to manipulate and treat the joints and bones of the skeletal system. A brace that is used during Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy will help prevent further damage to your joints.
There are several main types of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy techniques which include the following; the first involves the application of heat or cold to an affected joint. The second involves the use of a gentle upward or downward motion with the hand to help relieve tension from a strained muscle. The third involves applying pressure through the use of an open palm to help align bones and the spinal cord. In addition to these three main techniques, many times an osteopathic physician engages in performing additional techniques to help relieve discomfort and strengthen the patient.
Some of the other techniques that are used in Osteopathic Therapy techniques include; applying a grasping stress to the soft tissue in a gentle manner, working with the pain away from the source, applying a topical anesthetic to relieve discomfort, stimulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain and even the release of endorphins to combat pain. An important part of Osteopathic Therapy is preventive care. Preventive care ensures that you do not contract any osteoarthritis in your neck, shoulders, hands, ankles or knees any time that you engage in any physical activity. Prevention is much more than mere good old fashioned exercise. It is a plan of action that consists of eating well and getting plenty of sleep. While pain relievers and other types of pain control can sometimes be helpful, prevention is the best method for dealing with this condition and ensuring that it does not rear its ugly head again.
When one engages in activities such as sports, hand to upper body coordination plays an important role. This coordination is aided by proper alignment of the bones and muscles and a balance of the nervous system. Athletes who practice chiropractic care often use their skills and knowledge to help athletes maintain proper posture when engaging in sports where there is an imbalance of the muscles and the ligaments that attach them to the bone. Manipulation techniques are often used to help patients with lower extremity issues such as; pinched nerves, sciatica, frozen joints, muscle stiffness of the lumbar spine and whiplash to name a few. Chiropractic manipulative therapy is often recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment program designed to reduce pain and restore function in those patients suffering from these and other lower extremity ailments.
Osteopathic manipulative therapies are also utilized in the treatment of somatic dysfunction. Somatic dysfunction refers to any disease or condition that results in loss of mobility, joint or muscle weakness, and other ailments that result in decreased quality of life. It is very common for those who suffer from somatic dysfunction to seek relief through chiropractic services. Chiropractic practitioners who perform spinal manipulation techniques are trained to manipulate the joints and muscles, restoring mobility to joints that have become stiffened from inflammation, stress and aging.
Neuromuscular pathways are activated during therapeutic manipulation and chiropractic care and this allows the chiropractor to pinpoint precise locations on the surface of the spine where the muscles are tense and where treatment is most needed. Proper muscle energy and balance to allow a person’s entire body to receive optimal health. In some cases, a physician engages in conjunction with a patient in somatic dysfunction treatment where they work closely together to correct problems that could lead to further pain and discomfort. If a patient is suffering from a muscle imbalance, muscular weakness, joint inflammation, or other ailments that could greatly benefit from chiropractic care, a physician can use spinal manipulation or other neuromuscular treatments to correct the situation.