WHY OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL THERAPY WORKS
Osteopathic manual therapy is a scientific approach to restoring the body’s biomechanical balance, treating disorders such as chronic muscle and soft tissue contraction, nerve or blood vessel compression, joint dysfunction, and other potential sources of headache pain. Manual therapy addresses the root causes of most headaches and offers treatment protocols that can correct them – without side effects, and with the ability to prevent headaches from recurring.
Rather than a systemic approach – chemically blocking the brain’s ability to feel pain, for example – manual therapy is a targeted approach. It identifies the problem and selectively treats it at its location to correct the disorder. The manual therapy practitioner performs “hands-on” joint and muscle mobilization and stabilization techniques. Manual therapy restores balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. (It does not involve spinal manipulation or “cracking” the neck). It has proven effective in treating the types of disorders that can cause headache pain.
The unique ability of manual therapy to temporarily reproduce headache pain and then decrease it is a major advantage in this treatment protocol. This ability allows the therapist and patient to work together in identifying the specific musculoskeletal systems contributing to the headache pain, and to determine the effectiveness of therapy techniques used to correct the dysfunction.