Osteopathic manipulation is an approach to treating a wide range of conditions and problems that may seem unusual if you’re used to more conventional treatments. That’s because it doesn’t involve medications or surgeries. Instead, it addresses structural issues that could be causing functional problems.
Dr. Neil Spiegel believes that both conventional and alternative therapies can benefit his patients. He encourages you to live a healthy lifestyle, including getting proper nutrition, appropriate exercise, and therapies such as osteopathic manipulation that can help you maintain good health.
What is osteopathic manipulation, exactly?
When administering osteopathic manipulation therapy, Dr. Spiegel uses his hands to move the soft tissues and joints in your body. He manipulates your body to relieve restrictions that could be causing issues.
Osteopathic manipulation may include stretching certain muscles or helping you make specific movements to help improve your range of motion in a joint. The techniques that Dr. Spiegel uses may be gentle or more forceful, depending on your condition. He keeps you informed about what he’s doing and how it will feel throughout the treatment.
Your body’s structure and function
When you stop and think about it, the structure of your body impacts how well it functions. For example, if you have a pinched nerve in your spine, you have a structural problem; either tissues or bones are not where they should be. That structural problem changes how well you function.
This is true for every area of your body. If you have headaches, it could well be due to a structural issue. Joint pain, muscle pain, and many other functional problems may be attributed to structural issues.
Osteopathic manipulation is one method of correcting structural issues in a noninvasive way and without medications. Dr. Spiegel may recommend osteopathic manipulation as one component of your overall treatment plan, or he may suggest it as a standalone therapy.
A few of the conditions that osteopathic manipulation may help include:
- Low back pain
- Sinus issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Menstrual pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint problems
Why you should consider osteopathic manipulation
Osteopathic manipulation is very low risk, and there are few, if any, side effects. If you have chronic pain, osteopathic manipulation could be a drug-free way of dealing with it.
When osteopathic manipulation is one part of an overall treatment plan, you may find the other components are more effective. For example, if you have nerve damage, and you’re undergoing perineural injection therapy, osteopathic manipulation may help increase the effectiveness of the injections.
The best treatment plan for your specific situation depends on all kinds of things, like your condition, your overall health, and your other health-related goals. As an osteopathic healer, Dr. Spiegel considers all of those factors in the context of your life as a whole when making treatment recommendations.
If you’d like to learn more about osteopathic manipulation, schedule an appointment at Osteopathic Center for Healing today. You can request an appointment online at your convenience, or you’re welcome to call our office in Rockville, Maryland, at 301-245-1940 between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.