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Pain Rehabilitation

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) refers to the process of moving muscles and joints by implementing techniques, such as stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. Our pain management center is affiliated with some of the region’s best osteopathic physicians who are fully licensed and offer a unique approach to hands-on patient care and pain rehabilitation. Through our comprehensive interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation services, we are able to work as a team and collaborate on a regular basis to help you find the relief you deserve from the acute or chronic pain stopping you from enjoying life to the fullest.

What to Expect during Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment
Before osteopathic manipulation can begin, you may be asked to sit or lay down on a table. The osteopathic physician will gently apply a precise amount of manual pressure in a specific direction. Whether applied directly in the affected areas or indirectly in areas some distance away, this pressure is used to ease tissues or to engage them at their functional limit. Benefits of this form of pain rehabilitation are as follows: treat structural and tissue abnormalities, relieve joint restriction and misalignment, restore muscle and tissue balance, and promote the movement of bodily fluids.

Examples of Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques Include:

  • Counterstrain - a point of maximum pain is identified and the patient is positioned to relieve discomfort. The position may be held for a certain length of time and then the patient is slowly returned to a neutral body position.
  • Muscle Energy - may refer to reciprocal inhibition, in which an agonist muscle is flexed and movement in its antagonist muscle is induced; or post-isometric relaxation, where a muscle is stretched immediately following contraction.
  • Soft Tissue or Visceral Release - practitioners may use knuckles, elbows, or other tools to slowly stretch, elongate, release tension in, and mobilize tissues and ligaments of the organs in the body.

Contact our pain management center to discover if pain rehabilitation (or more specifically osteopathic manipulative treatment) is right for you and your acute or chronic pain condition. If determined a viable option, our pain management physicians may recommend you undergo a series of osteopathic techniques as a complement to other treatments or may work with a team of healthcare professionals to establish an individualized pain rehabilitation program as an alternative to surgery or medications. Find pain relief and start living life as you want through our comprehensive, interdisciplinary pain management services.