Osteopathic Manual Therapy
What exactly is involved in osteopathic manual therapy? Osteopathic manual therapy involves a structured series of hand-on, non-evasive techniques designed to heal and realign damaged or weak areas of the skeletal system, including bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. An osteopathic professional will utilize manual manipulation to cure a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries without surgery and medication. When it comes to treating sports injuries, osteopathic manual therapy is commonly used. This article will help you understand the basics of this modality.
Osteopathic manual therapy has been studied for decades, and there have been numerous theories on how it heals the body. For example, Hippocrates (the father of medicine) believed that diseases were caused by malformation of the bone structure of the human body. He, therefore, advocated the application of pressure through the fingers of his left hand to detect any abnormality in the form of the spine or limbs. However, more recent theories suggest that the human body is composed of interrelated systems and tissues. Thus, while the internal structures of the human body may be similar, there are still connections between the various parts of the human body.
Therefore, an osteopathic professional is capable of examining the human body in terms of its interconnected tissues. Analyzing these interlinked tissues will allow an osteopathic therapist to determine the cause of a particular disorder or injury. These conditions can range from fractures caused by external sources to infections to misalignment of the bones. Based on the state of the interlinked issues, an osteopathic manual therapy expert can then recommend remedial measures or treatments to patients suffering from these conditions. For example, most people who have arthritis are recommended by osteopathic therapists to first undergo proper diagnosis before undergoing any therapeutic measure.