Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a treatment method designed to alleviate pain and restore function to the body through manual pressure.
Osteopathic manipulation is typically used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, like low back pain, neck pain, pelvic pain, and can also be applied to sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and tension headaches. There are a variety of techniques that can be applied including:
- Soft Tissue Technique – Applies pressure to the muscle area around the spine with stretching, deep pressure and traction.
- Muscle Energy Technique – The patient holds a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the doctor.
- Counterstrain Technique – The patient is moved away from a restricted position to a more comfortable one. greater comfort. This technique is often applied for acute injury.