Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a procedure often used by one of our physicians, Dr. Sarah McCormick. It utilizes a hand-on approach to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. During this treatment, the physician manipulates the patients’ joints, muscles, and related structures by either stretching, compressing, and movement. OMT can be a great tool in preventing injuries that have a likelihood of developing.
The usage of osteopathic manipulative techniques is decided on the basis of the illness or injury and on specifics of the visits to your physician. The usage of osteopathic manipulative techniques can greatly decrease the amount of time and number of visits over the course of your treatment.
How Are Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques Performed?
With a great background in the musculoskeletal system, including the nerves, tendons, and smaller muscles, our doctors are able to provide the greatest care available for your physical treatment. An assessment will more than often begin with the evaluation of your balance, spinal positioning, and posture. Your physician will then physically feel and assess the condition of your extremities (arms and legs) and back. Lastly, they will then evaluate the condition of your joints. They will check for any pain or restriction of movement for each of your joints. At the end of your exam, your provider will then construct the best course of treatment for your unique situation.
Through the compression, stretching, and manipulation of your extremities and soft tissues, and increasing blood flow to healing areas of the body, our physicians at Women’s HealthFirst are able to give you the relief traditional medications and treatments take a lot longer in accomplishing. The ultimate outcome we at Women’s HealthFirst aim for is the complete treatment of a condition to provide even better health than our patient has been accustomed to.
What Conditions Improve with Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques?
Osteopathic manipulative techniques have shown to greatly improve the prognosis of many conditions. Also, patients who utilize osteopathic manipulative techniques during their treatment plan are much less likely to rely on pain medications during the course of their treatment, feel better much faster, and are much more satisfied with their care. Some conditions that OMT has shown to greatly improve include:
- Lower back pain during pregnancy
- Post-surgical pain
- Stiff joints during pregnancy
- Pre-/post-pregnancy conditions
- Sleep disturbances during pregnancy
- Length and intensity of labor
- Slow-paced labor
- Excessive menstrual pain
Although, a patient may require more than one visit for the course of their OMT treatment, OMT has shown that it is able to provide great relief for conditions even traditional medicinal treatments are not able to accomplish. In certain cases, OMT can even replace the need for drugs and/or surgery.
For more information, call Women’s HealthFirst at (847) 808-8884 or request your appointment now. We have five locations near Chicago, Illinois, to serve you. Established patients are encouraged to visit the convenient online patient portal to request an appointment, message our team, update their records, and more.