Why So Tense? The Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

There are a number of things that can cause us tension and physical pain in our lives. If you spend a lot of time hunched over a computer screen, or find yourself naturally clenching your muscles when you get stressed, this can contribute to poor alignment of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Likewise, if you’ve had an injury, this may cause your body to misalign.

In turn, this can result in discomfort across the body, especially in the neck and back. It can also be the cause of the ‘unexplained’ headaches you get on a regular basis, not to mention aching limbs and shoulders.

Relieving the Tension, the Natural Way

When experiencing back or neck pain, it’s all too easy to reach for the over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, to treat your symptoms. Whilst pain-killers may dull the discomfort for a period of time, they won’t address the root of the problem; and as a result, you’re likely to continue suffering with it.

Osteopathic medicine seeks to find the solution using an entirely holistic, natural approach. The treatment involves an assessment of the imbalances found in the body, then uses hands-on techniques to gently manipulate the spine and musculoskeletal system.

What to Expect

Osteopathic manipulative treatment is fairly gentle. Throughout the process, your doctor will gently manipulate the affected muscles and tissue to alleviate tension and correct alignment. Some of the techniques are quite similar to chiropractic treatment.

You may be recommended some nutritional supplements to complement the treatment and to help optimize your levels of health.

What the Experts Say

There have been a number of studies investigating the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment, particularly amongst the elderly and those suffering from pneumonia. Most research agrees that the treatment offers considerable benefit, especially when used in conjunction with other complementary medical treatments.

If you are experiencing problems with back or neck pain, or indeed, any other form of chronic or acute pain in your body, it may be time to seek expert medical assistance.

To find out more about how osteopathic manipulative treatment can help you, simply contact The Center for Health and Age Management today calling (813) 384 3107.

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Dr. Michael Heim

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