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Treatment of Pain and Injury

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or Osteopathic Manipulation

Osteopathic manipulation is a form of treatment in which Osteopathic physicians use their hands to bring about improvement in the condition of the body. We recognize that all of your body systems are interrelated, and know that the musculoskeletal system can dramatically affect health through its influence on the nervous, circulatory and immune systems.

There are numerous types of modalities that encompass Osteopathic Manipulation. All of these modalities are designed to correct structural problems and promote healing. They include, but are not limited to:

Cranial Osteopathy                             Visceral Osteopathy

Myofascial Release                              Lymphatic Technique

Muscle Energy                                     Counterstrain

High Velocity                                       Facilitated Positional Release

Ligamentous Articular Release          Somatoemotional Release

The type of modality chosen as treatment is dependent upon the patient’s age, their illness or injury, and the onset and course of their problem. Many of these modalities can be used in the treatment of any area of the body. In addition to providing relief of pain and stiffness, patients usually experience an ongoing, improved sense of well-being and health.

Osteopathic manipulation is most commonly thought of as a  treatment for back pain, neck pain or acute injury.  However, it is also used in the treatment of many medical problems or disease states. 

Osteopathic manipulation is also a safe and effective way to treat infants and small children.  It is a painless and medication free modality to help with problems such as colic, feeding problems, birth or head trauma, chronic ear infections and delayed development.

For more information on Osteopathic Manipulation, or to find an Osteopathic physician near you, please contact the American Academy of Osteopathy, The Cranial Academy, or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


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