Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a nonsurgical technique recommended for treatment of back pain, headaches, and shoulder pain manually. During the pain, the nerve that is interconnected with the muscles, joints, bone and others to form a body structure becomes weak and lose its ability to function. With this therapy the nerve will be made to work normally and allow the blood to circulate in these areas.
There are two types of osteopathy manipulation – direct- and indirect- Osteopathic manipulative therapy. In direct method, the problematic or tight tissue is moved towards the areas of tightness. In indirect procedure the doctor pushes the tight tissues away, in opposite direction of the muscle resistance. The doctor will hold the tissue until the muscle relaxes tightly.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy works on treating the patients manually by adjustments like rotating, moving, or bending arms, legs, neck, and other joints. It is one of the conventional methods and is used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions including back pain, knee pain, ankle injuries, asthma, neck pain, and menstrual pain. This helps in the restoring the flexibility of joints.
During the visit the doctor examines your posture, spine, neck, joints, muscles uses hand and manually will try to manipulate your back, legs, or arms. The change in skin temperature is also measured. X-ray report is also taken in severe cases and prescription is provided respectively.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy is not recommended for people having broken bone, dislocation, bone cancer, infection of the bone, damaged ligament, and also for people who have recently undergone surgery and has been taking medicine like aspirin and warfarin. Untoward effects of this therapy include increase in pain, headache and fatigue. However these are of mild severity and may disappear within a day. Severe complications are very rare.