Osteopathic Manipulation Helps with Traumatic Brain Injury

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Is osteopathic manipulation helpful for someone who’s endured a traumatic brain injury? The short answer is yes, somatic dysfunction caused by traumatic brain injury may be managed by osteopathic manipulative treatment, or osteopathic manipulation. Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a collection of therapeutic manual techniques that is used to treat structural and functional issues within the body.

The clinical burden of traumatic brain injury continues to grow, often with patients developing chronic neurological, behavioral, and cognitive deficits. Osteopathic manipulation has been shown to improve quality of life for brain injury patients. The type of osteopathic manipulation used for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients is usually cranial osteopathy which is also known as cranial sacral therapy or craniosacral therapy. This is manual manipulation of the cranial bones and membranes to allow the cerebral spinal fluid to flow properly. This osteopathic manipulation addresses areas of restricted movement that compromise function, so that they can re-establish normal movement, consequently reducing pain and improving daily functioning. Some other benefits to using osteopathic manipulation for TBI patients includes: 

·        Improved Circulation
·        Relieved Muscle Tension
·        Pain Management
·        And Rehabilitation Support

Cranial osteopathy enhances the flow of CSF through natural channels and helps to regulate tissue fluids of the body in general. Because the craniosacral system incorporates the brain and spinal cord, it controls the entire nervous system, affecting many body functions. Patients often report a sense of deep relaxation during and after the cranial treatment session and may feel light-headed. Osteopathic manipulation in the form of cranial osteopathy is a huge step in the right direction for noninvasive treatments for TBI patients. 

It’s important that osteopathic manipulation is safe when performed by a qualified practitioner and tailored to the individual patient’s needs and medical history.  Osteopathic physicians consider factors such as age, health status, and the nature of the condition being treated when selecting appropriate osteopathic manipulation techniques. If you need someone with extensive knowledge in osteopathic manipulation, you don’t have to look any further! Contact Dr. April Harris of Galen Acupuncture & Osteopathic Medicine today at (785) 393-1108 for a consultation and see how she can help you.