Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine

Many patients are searching for non-invasive, holistic approaches that not only treat symptoms but also address the root causes of their health concerns. Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine (OMM) is one such approach that focuses on enhancing the body's natural ability to heal itself. At Premier Orthopaedic Associates, we embrace the principles of OMM as one facet of our patient-centered approach to healthcare.

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What is Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine (OMM)?

OMM, often referred to as osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), is a unique branch of healthcare that emphasizes the relationship between the body's structure and function. Osteopathic physicians, or DOs, are trained to use their hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury by gently manipulating the musculoskeletal system.

What are the core principles of OMM?

The body is an integrated system

OMM recognizes that the body functions as an integrated whole. Dysfunction in one part can affect other areas, and vice versa.

Structure and function are interrelated

OMM believes that the body's structure (bones, muscles, and tissues) influences its function (how it moves and operates). Maintaining balance in this relationship is vital for overall health.

The body has self-healing properties

OMM focuses on enhancing the body's natural ability to heal itself. By removing obstacles to healing, OMM encourages the body to function optimally.

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Conditions treated with osteopathic manipulation medicine

This advanced treatment can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Headaches and migraines: Gentle manipulation techniques can help alleviate tension in the neck and head, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches.
  • Back pain: OMM can address various causes of back pain, including muscle strains, spinal misalignment, and herniated discs.
  • Sports injuries: OMM can aid in the recovery of sports-related injuries by promoting healing and restoring proper function.
  • Digestive disorders: OMM techniques may benefit patients with digestive issues by addressing abdominal muscle tension and improving organ function.
  • Respiratory problems: OMM can help enhance lung function and relieve respiratory discomfort in conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
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What to expect

During an office visit, one of our highly skilled and experienced osteopathic physicians will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history and conduct a physical examination. The physician will use their hands to apply a range of gentle techniques to manipulate the musculoskeletal system. These techniques may include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. The treatment may include:

Soft tissue mobilization

This technique involves skillful manipulation and stretching of the body's soft tissues, aimed at enhancing blood circulation and alleviating discomfort.

Muscle energy techniques

A dynamic approach where you actively engage your muscles in one direction while our skilled osteopathic physician employs opposing movements to release tension and promote balance.

Myofascial unwinding

Through the precise application of gentle yet firm pressure, we target areas of tension within the fascia, the connective tissue enveloping muscles, bones, and organs. This encourages relaxation and relief.

Cranial manipulation treatments

Delicate, soft pressure is strategically applied to various points on the skull, promoting a sense of well-being and facilitating the body's natural healing processes.

The goal is to identify areas of tension, restriction, or dysfunction in the body and then use manual manipulation to address these issues. Patients often experience a sense of relaxation and relief during and after manipulation.

What are the benefits of osteopathic manipulation?

These specialized treatments deliver a wide range of benefits:

  • Pain relief: OMM can alleviate pain associated with various conditions, helping patients reduce their reliance on pain medications.
  • Improved mobility: By addressing musculoskeletal issues, OMM can enhance joint and muscle function, improving overall mobility.
  • Enhanced healing: OMM encourages the body's natural healing processes, aiding in recovery from injuries and illnesses.
  • Preventive care: OMM can help identify and address potential health issues before they become more serious.

Why choose us?

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates of Southern New Jersey, we are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive healthcare options, and OMM is an integral part of our approach. Our team of highly skilled osteopathic physicians is dedicated to using their expertise to enhance your well-being.

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A personalized approach to overall wellbeing

Patient-centered care

We prioritize your health and well-being, tailoring OMM treatments to meet your unique needs and goals.

Experienced, board-certified specialists

Our osteopathic physicians have extensive experience in OMM and are dedicated to providing effective, evidence-based care.

A holistic approach

We believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. OMM is part of our commitment to holistic healthcare.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our modern facilities are equipped with advanced diagnostic tools and technologies to support precise assessments and effective OMM treatments.

If you're seeking a non-invasive, holistic approach to healthcare that addresses the root causes of your health concerns, consider Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine at Premier Orthopaedic Associates. We're here to support your journey to improved health and well-being through the principles of OMM.

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