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Osteopathic Medicine Approach Looks at Biomechanics

A Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), in addition to the standard medical training, adds a health approach that looks at the biomechanics of the body. The DO uses osteopathic manipulation treatments (OMT) to “jump start” the musculoskeletal system so that your body can heal itself. Whether you have an injury – tendonitis, muscles strain – or a pain that just started one day and won’t go away, there is often subtle compensations in your muscles and joints that can prevent complete recovery. That is where OMT helps to restore that body’s own ability to get better.

What are Osteopathic Manipulation Treatments (OMT)?

OMT is a hands-on approach to health and healing using gentle soft tissue and joint mobilization to align the body.

The musculoskeletal system is an extremely complicated inter-connected network of muscles, joints, nerves and fascia (the tissue that wraps around the muscles, joints and nerves). The fascia actually helps you move, being the means by which all of your muscles and joints work in coordination via the nervous system. Consider walking – when you step forward with your right foot, your left shoulder moves forward as well. This coordinated movement, which keeps you balanced when walking, is all due to the nervous system and the fascia working in harmony to move your muscles and joints. When any of these components stop working correctly, movement dysfunction and pain can occur. An event like an ankle fracture, for example, will impact the fascia and allowing the ankle to heal does not mean compensations resulting from the injury have resolved. Whether you have an injury – tendonitis, muscles strain – or other pain, there is often subtle compensations in your muscles and joints that can prevent complete recovery.

What Conditions Do We Treat in Our Clinic?

The Osteopathic Sports Rehabilitation Clinic treats a variety of conditions such as:

  • Neck strain
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Tennis elbow
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Patella tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

However, getting a diagnosis is usually just touching the surface of the problem. We look for the underlying conditions and consider how they will impact the speed of recovery.

Please call 216-285-4070 to schedule an appointment.