Osteopathic Manipulation: What Ailments can it Treat?


Osteopathic manipulation also called OMT is a hands-on approach used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent medical conditions. Dr. April Harris is certified in this treatment method to help you in the best way possible! Osteopathic manipulation may also be used to improve mobility and range of motion, and to help prevent injury or illness. Lets dig a little deeper.

The treatment of osteopathic manipulation involves the use of gentle manual techniques to restore proper movement and function to the muscles, bones, and connective tissues. This is believed to improve overall health and well-being by promoting circulation, reducing pain and inflammation, and enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself. OMT can be used to treat a wide range of conditions as well. Some of those conditions or ailments include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: osteopathic manipulation can help alleviate musculoskeletal pain and improve function by using OMT to restore proper movement and function to the muscles, bones, and connective tissues. This can be effective in treating conditions such as back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and sports injuries.
  • Respiratory problems: DOs can help diagnose and treat respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
  • Digestive problems: DOs can help diagnose and treat digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Headaches: Osteopathic physicians can use OMT to help relieve tension headaches and migraines.
  • Women’s health: DOs can help manage women’s health issues such as menstrual irregularities, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Anxiety and depression: Osteopathic physicians can provide holistic care for mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, using a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
  • Pediatric care: DOs can provide comprehensive care for children, including preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, and management of chronic conditions such as asthma and allergies.
  • Plus, more!

Osteopathic medicine emphasizes the body’s musculoskeletal system, as well as its innate ability to heal itself. Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are fully licensed medical doctors who receive specialized training in osteopathic principles and techniques. They focus on treating the whole person rather than just their symptoms, considering the physical, emotional, and social factors that may be contributing to a patient’s health. These doctors use a variety of treatments, including medication, surgery, and osteopathic manipulation to diagnose, treat, and prevent medical conditions. Osteopathic medicine is recognized as a separate and distinct branch of medicine in the United States and in many other countries around the world. Doctors specializing in this type of treatment work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, clinics, and private practices, and can specialize in a wide range of medical fields, from family medicine to surgery to psychiatry.

Dr. April Harris graduated from The University of Kansas and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is also a graduate of The Helms Medical Institute, where she received her training in Medical Acupuncture. Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine. If you need someone with extensive knowledge in osteopathic manipulation you don’t have to look any further! Give Galen Acupuncture and Osteopathic Medicine a call today and see how we can help you – (785) 393-1108.