Is Osteopathic Manipulation Right for Me?
Osteopathic manipulation therapy is an appropriate treatment for anyone seeking natural relief from conditions which affect the muscles, bones, and joints. Osteopathic manipulation is used to treat the following situations and conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches and migraines
- Lower back pain
- Menstrual pain
- Neck pain
- Posture problems
- Sinus disorders
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injury recovery
What is Osteopathic Manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a hands-on treatment used by osteopathic physicians (DOs and MDs). According to the American Osteopathic Association, OMT “involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.” OMT treatments holistically examine all aspects of your body, including your muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues in order remove any structural abnormalities to restore natural muscle and joint function.
Instead of treating symptoms, manipulation treatments address root causes of health problems. Your body possesses a constant and innate healing ability. If you view your body as a self-healing machine, then removing obstructions to this innate healing process can not only eliminate symptoms but also root causes of health problems. While there are situations and conditions that absolutely call for surgery, medication, and invasive treatments, osteopathic manipulation treatments first start with minimal intervention and progress to include medication and surgery only when necessary.
Benefits of Osteopathic Manipulation
- A safe and natural alternative to pain medication for mild pains and aches in the body
- Relief of muscle tension and increased mobility in joints
- Improved blood supply to areas and improved healing response
- Better sleep and decreased insomnia
- Increased recovery time from sports injuries involving sprains and strains
- Relief from pneumonia and improved respiratory function
- Improved overall lymphatic system function and flow
Which OMT Treatments Do You Offer?
There are over 50 OMT treatments currently recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. We offer the following osteopathic manipulation treatments at our Indianapolis office:
- Active release method
- Counterstrain (CS)
- Cranial Treatment (CR), which includes CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
- High velocity/low amplitude technique, also known as Thrust
- Myofascial release (MFR)
- Ligamentous articular strain technique (LAS)
- Lymphatic pump
- Soft Tissue technique
When Should Osteopathic Manipulation Not Be Used?
According to the National Health Service, people with certain health conditions may not be able to have osteopathic manipulation treatments. These conditions include:
- Acute inflammatory conditions, such as some types of arthritis
- Blood clotting disorders, such as haemophilia
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Osteopathic manipulation treatments are also not recommended if you're taking blood-thinning medicines, such as warfarin, having a course of radiotherapy, or during pregnancy.
On the Day of My Appointment
You and Dr. Dan will begin by going over your medical history. You will then be given a comprehensive medical exam to determine your overall state of health. At this point, special tests including lab studies or imaging studies may be requested. You will then undergo an osteopathic structural exam to examine your range of motion and gait. Once Dr. Dan identifies a problem area, he will perform a more specific evaluation. Following your structural exam, you and Dr. Dan will explore your treatment options which may include OMT treatments or standard-of-care treatments.
Preparing for a Manipulation Treatment
Be prepared for your appointment by wearing comfortable and loose clothing. You can eat, drink, and take medication normally.
How much does it cost?I Osteopathic manipulation treatments are included as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
How many sessions will I need?
Depending on the nature of your problem or injury, you may require several visits spaced out over several months. Dr. Dan will advise on the recommended treatment during your initial visit.
Will I experience any pain?
Most of our patients experience no pain during treatment. Some experience soreness and tightness in the days following treatment. This is perfectly normal.
Where are you located?
We are located in Carmel. If you're traveling from out of town to see us, we'd be more than happy to assist with travel and accommodations.
Schedule your appointment today
Learn more about Dr. Dan’s manipulation treatments by completing the form below:
Our Carmel Office:
13590 N Meridian Suite 100-A
Carmel, IN 46032
Call or Text: (317) 819-4949