Osteopathic Treatment Methods
Osteopathy in the cranial field, also referred to as Cranial Osteopathy or Cranial Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, is an approach to treatment that uses passive palpation of micro movements in all parts and tissues of the body, including the head. It influences the structure and fluid surrounding the central nervous system, creating an impact on the total body and initiating the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself. Fascial connections throughout the body are contiguous with the linings around the central nervous system including the dura and other structures. The practitioner detects alterations within tissue and uses subtle direct pressure and to correct the tissue. This is the most gentle osteopathic technique, and practitioners require an advanced level of experience to perform it.
Muscle Energy Technique
In this manual technique, the patient is directed to use his or her muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the practitioner. The purpose is to restore motion, decrease muscle/tissue changes and modify asymmetry of somatic dysfunction.
Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury.
Myofascial restrictions are created by trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures. Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia and treat it through soft tissue manipulation, which will eliminate pain and restore motion.
In this form of manipulation, the practitioner applies a high-velocity/low-amplitude thrust to restore specific joint motion. With such a technique, the joint regains its normal range of motion and rests neural reflexes. The procedure reduces and/or completely nullifies the physical signs of somatic dysfunction: Tissue changes, asymmetry, restriction of motion, and tenderness.
- back and neck pain
- pelvic pain, sciatica
- headache, migraine
- shoulder, elbow pain
- hip, knee pain, ankle sprain
- chronic pain: arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia
- sport injuries
- whiplash injuries
- posture imbalance
- pregnancy: eliminate pain and discomfort, labor preparation
- children and babies: digestive troubles, infections, colic, feeding issues and more