Osteopathy can treat a variety of disordersNeck and back pain, arthritis, sciatica, headaches, vertigo, repetitive strain and overuse injuries, pregnancy-related discomfort, tendonitis. Sprains, strains, whiplash, and other injuries can be treated with osteopathy. The method also aids in fracture healing. Osteopaths also know how to treat back injuries and other sports injuries, such as those caused by lifting too much weight.
You may also have misaligned areas in your tissues and bones when you shake your body after falling off a horse or being involved in a car accident. Through gentle movements, the osteopath can sense the affected areas and successfully realign the structure of his body. This will improve your body's function and relieve pain. Osteopathy is a way to detect, treat, and prevent health problems by moving, stretching, and massaging a person's muscles and joints.
An osteopath aims to restore normal function and stability to joints to help the body heal on its own. Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) use OMT to treat mechanical pain (muscle, tendon, or bone pain due to structural imbalance) and a wide range of health conditions. An osteopath is a licensed physician who practices medicine using both conventional treatments and osteopathic manipulative medicine, which focuses on relieving pain and tension in the musculoskeletal system. The osteopathic doctor will physically examine the patient, who may need to remove some clothing to make the diagnosis.
Some osteopathic techniques can improve lymphatic health and produce internal improvements in the body without the need for invasive surgical treatment. Studies have shown that osteopathic treatment can reduce sleep apnea in babies younger than 4 months of age, but more research is needed to confirm this. Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. If there are signs of a displaced disc or other serious condition, the osteopathic doctor may recommend performing some imaging tests and directing the patient to conventional treatment.
Osteopathy emphasizes self-healing, so an osteopathic doctor may also recommend dietary changes, home exercise programs, and lifestyle adjustments. People who have osteoporosis, bone cancer, or other joint problems should not receive osteopathic manipulative treatment. Many people go to an osteopathic doctor with back pain, but preventive treatment is also possible. Doctors of osteopathic medicine believe that all of the body's systems work together and affect each other.
Osteopathic treatments can have a positive impact on the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems to improve body function and overall health. The main difference between an MD and an OD is that, while osteopathic doctors can use conventional medical treatments, some also use manual therapies, such as massaging and manipulating the spine. However, osteopathic physicians are also qualified as physicians (MD) and have more training than other complementary therapists, such as naturopaths. Osteopathic doctors can also screen for conditions that cannot be treated through osteopathy, to refer patients to other specialists.
Many people receiving osteopathic treatment feel that they have higher energy levels and that they are more alert.