Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy for Overall Wellness in Freehold, NJ
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) is a comprehensive system of evaluation and treatment designed to promote and maintain good health by restoring the body’s natural functions. In addition to conventional medicine, the doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) at Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, practice OMT and other alternative orthopedic techniques to help our patients achieve optimal wellness.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy involves the therapeutic application of manual pressure or force to targeted areas of the body. For instance, this treatment is often used to address structural problems within the spinal column, which can interfere with the function of nerve roots that branch away from the spinal cord to serve other areas of the body. This type of impaired neural function can lead to the development of a variety of medical issues.
The DOs at Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey in Freehold may recommend osteopathic manipulative therapy for treating a number of relatively common musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck pain, low back pain, repetitive stress injuries, sports-related injuries, and certain types of headaches. Some OMT techniques that can be effective for addressing these conditions include:
- Soft tissue – Manual pressure is applied to the muscles surrounding the spine. This technique may include rhythmic stretching, deep pressure, and traction.
- Muscle energy – A patient is directed to assume a certain body position and then use specific muscles as instructed to counter a force applied by a practitioner.
- Thrust (“cracking”) – Using high-velocity forces, a practitioner can enhance joint range of motion and, in turn, relieve tenderness.
- Counterstrain – A practitioner manually guides a patient’s body away from a position of restricted motion and into a more comfortable posture (this technique is often used for treating acute injuries).
Based on a thorough understanding of how the body’s various systems are interconnected, the DOs at AOSMI skillfully use their hands to diagnose health conditions and stimulate the body’s natural repair processes. In many cases, OMT can be used to complement – and possibly even replace – medications and surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic manipulative therapy, contact Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey to schedule a visit to our state-of-the-art health and wellness center in Freehold, NJ.