Osteopathic Manual Practitioner Services
Have you recently been injured, and need help feeling healthy once more?
Do you have headaches, or other pain concerns?
Are you having trouble sleeping, or waking up exhausted?
If so, you may benefit from treatments from an osteopathic manual practitioner.
What Is Classical Osteopathy?
An osteopathic manual practitioner, or OMP, is someone who holds a certification from a school of classical osteopathy, usually a DOMP or a MOMSc.
You may occasionally hear osteopathic manual practitioners referred to as “osteopaths” for short. The term osteopath, though, refers to a type of medical doctor, and is different than classical osteopathy (sometimes referred to as traditional osteopathy).
Osteopathic manual practitioners, or OMPs, practice according to the following four principles:
- The body’s individual structures are there to support its overall function
- Preserving the natural flow of the body’s fluids is paramount
- The body’s various parts – physical, emotional, social, spiritual, mental, etc. – work in harmony with each other
- The body has the inherent ability to heal itself
When each of the body’s components is in balance, according to classical osteopathy, a person has achieved a level of total health.
What To Expect From A Classical Osteopathy Treatment
One unique aspect of classical osteopathy is its non-invasive nature.
During a classical osteopathy session, your OMP will assess your body’s current state manually. They do this by placing their hands on different parts of your body and examining for signs of issues. This may include restrictions in motion, or changes in texture or temperature.
For classical osteopathy treatments at Mahaya Health, you remain clothed. This can make it more comfortable for some than other techniques which require you to disrobe. Be sure to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing.
From there, your OMP will assist you in performing a number of different stretches, movements, and exercises. While you may feel some small discomfort, OMP treatment is generally considered to be pain-free.
Your OMP will work to support your body’s inherent ability to heal itself. OMP treatments have been shown to be effective for a wide variety of different health concerns.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy Treatments For Insomnia
Often, the root of insomnia lies in the mind. It may come about as a result of stress, anxiety, or other mental concerns. It may also be a result of chronic pain. If your body is screaming at you that something hurts, it can keep you from drifting off into dreamland.
And because restful sleep can sometimes provide pain relief, insomnia can actively work to make your pain worse.
During periods of chronic stress or anxiety, your body can often tighten up, which can lead to your brain receiving mixed signals. Is it time to sleep, or time to be stressed?
Classical osteopathy sessions can help relieve the blockages in your body, allowing signals to flow more freely. This may reduce anxiety and stress, helping you get a better night’s sleep.
Osteopathy Solutions For Anxiety & Stress
OMP treatments are often described as being relaxing, soothing experiences. In that regard alone, they can help you relieve stress and anxiety. But there’s more to it than that.
Anxiety and stress trigger physical responses in our body. This is commonly known as the fight-flight-freeze reaction. In the short term, this is there to help us escape from danger. But if it stays too long, it can lead to a number of health repercussions, including:
The fight-flight-freeze reaction tightens your muscles to prepare to react. If it stays that way for a long time, though, it can lead to soreness, aches, and loss of motion.
Your body hunches forward during the fight-flight-freeze reaction, which is one of the ways you prepare to protect yourself from attacks directed at your head. This can cause headaches, back pain, and other health concerns.
Long-term stress and anxiety can cause insomnia, which inevitably leads to fatigue and difficulty thinking or concentrating.
You don’t need to digest food when you’re getting away from a predator, so your body diverts energy away from your digestive tract during a fight-flight-freeze reaction. Over a long enough timeline, this can lead to a variety of digestive disorders.
How Osteopathic Manual Therapy Can Help
By addressing the above issues, your OMP can help you reduce the physical effects of stress. In combination with other treatments for anxiety or stress, your OMP can play a key role in helping you live a less stressful, more calming life.
Classical Osteopathy Treatment During Pregnancy
Your OMP has a role to play before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Pregnancy is an intense experience which has wide-ranging impacts on your body. By exploring and addressing any blocks you may have, your OMP can help you prepare for pregnancy. This may increase your fertility, as well as reduce your risk of certain health concerns during pregnancy for both you and baby.
It’s no secret that pregnancy can be uncomfortable. During pregnancy, you may feel a variety of aches and pains, including headaches, digestive issues, back pain, chest pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, and more.
Your classical osteopath can help your body more easily adjust to these changes, easing your pregnancy experience.
After your baby is born, your body will work to return to some semblance of what it was like before your pregnancy. Your OMP can help guide your body through this process.
Other Benefits Of Osteopathic Manual Therapy
- Increase athletic performance
- Decrease risk of injury in high-impact sports
- Relieve chronic pain conditions like headaches and back pain
- Relieve asthma-related muscle pain
- Relieve digestive disorder-related muscle pain
- Help with development of babies and children
A classical osteopathy treatment is geared toward helping you gain a greater state of balance across all the systems in your body. As a result, many people express relief in a variety of areas in their life from classical osteopathy treatments.
Your osteopathic manual practitioner will work with you to put together a treatment plan designed to address your individual needs.