What Are The Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulation?

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 Osteopathic manipulation regaining popularity

The science of osteopathy which incorporates osteopathic manipulation, is the brainchild of Andrew Taylor Still in the 19th century. It is built on the concept of diagnosing and treating illnesses through the physical manipulation of joints and bones. Over the years, osteopathic medicine has moved closer to mainstream medicine in the United States. Osteopathic physicians are known as “Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine” or DOs. DOs are licensed to practice both medicine and surgery in all 50 states.

The difference between osteopathic manipulation and chiropractic

Today, DOs practice conventional medical and surgical techniques complemented by osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Although chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation techniques are similar, they have a distinct difference. A chiropractor’s main focus is on the spine, while DOs concentrate on the musculo-skeletal system, covering joints and soft tissue outside the spine as well. OMT is a gentler form of manipulation than chiropractic, which is can be harsh and confronting for certain people.

While the use of osteopathic manipulation is beneficial in the treatment of most physical conditions, it is best used to manage these conditions along with positive lifestyle changes. Osteopathy can be a viable alternative to medication and surgery for a lot of people. Osteopathic manipulation is mainly used to treat most musculo-skeletal discomfort such as tension headaches, back and shoulder pain and even arthritis. Recent studies also show its promising benefits on the following conditions:

  1. Respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia
  2. Proper functioning of the lymphatic system
  3. Carpal tunnel syndrome
  4. Fibromyalgia
  5. Overall health and wellness

OMT practitioners often emphasize the importance of exercise and posture in a person’s over-all health. Exercise is vital to strengthen aging tissues and prevent any further degeneration. Regular exercise increases a person’s endurance which prevents the overstraining of the heart and lungs.

Good posture, on the other hand, promotes better blood circulation and prevents distressing conditions like back-aches, headaches and muscle weakness. Middle-aged individuals are in fact encouraged to consult a DO before starting an exercise program.

The future of osteopathic manipulation in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness, however, is becoming bleak. A survey on OMT practitioners made in 2001 shows that only 50% adhere to their techniques on only 5% of their patients. With these numbers, osteopathic medicine advocates can only hope that definite evidence would come up to prove the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulation as an alternative to drugs in treating certain conditions.

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