Osteopathic Manipulation, OM®
Osteopathic Manipulation Approach to Treatment
Body Manipulation Technique
Lato Sensu Ad Modum Palmer
Scientific Study Hours: 500 Hours
Clinical Training Hours: 150 Lessons (à 45 min.)
Manipulation: the act, process, or an instance of manipulating especially a body part by manual examination and treatment; especially: adjustment of faulty structural relationships by manual means (as in the reduction of fractures or dislocations or the breaking down of adhesions) in "Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary".
Osteopathic Manipulation is the treatment of the body using hands-on manoeuvrers that move, stretch, drain, realign or massage any problematic or dysfunctional areas of the body.
Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques include active release technique, myofascial release, visceral techniques and lymphatic pumping.
Osteopathic Manipulation is used to treat and prevent illness or injury affecting the skeleton muscle which may have an impact in the normal functioning of the circulation system or affecting the nervous system.
Removing any impediment to circulation, removing any impediments to the normal functioning of the Emunctories by releasing and correcting the normal physiology, working with the body, not against the body, thus aiding the natural recovery of the body.
IndicationsThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) has published findings regarding the benefits of Osteopathic Manipulation for different conditions and injuries.
Manipulative therapies are most commonly used to treat some of the following:
- Chronic knee, shoulder, low back or neck pains
- Asthma and other respiratory/breathing problems
- Sinus disorders and related conditions like pneumonia
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- PMS or menstrual pains
- Problems with motor control or coordination due to injuries, impact or trauma (such as car accidents, falls or collisions)
- Instability, or problems with motor control and falling due to lack of balance
- Side effects due to medications or drug and alcohol addiction
- Digestive complaints, including constipation or acid reflux
- Hypertension and cardiovascular problems
The early, accurate application of Osteopathic Manipulation can aid the damaged tissues and structures of the joints by:
Promote healthy cellular homeostasis,
Encourage faster tissue repair & recovery,
Reduce musculoskeletal pain & discomfort,
Increasing joint movement by stretching fibrous tissue and affecting the stretch reflex excitability,
Increasing the vascular circulation in and out of the joint,
Improve structural stability and integrity of the intervertebral disc,
Preventing degenerative changes to the articular surfaces,
Inhibiting the build-up of fluid and distension forces upon the tissues and joint,
Aiding the removal of metabolic waste products,
Influencing the sympathetic nervous system activity, thus affecting blood flow, blood pressure, heart rate or respiratory rate.
Breathing & Respiratory Functions
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Visualized Experiments found that osteopathic manipulative treatment could be used as an effective adjunctive tool for patients with respiratory conditions, inflammation of the lungs or airways, or illnesses including pneumonia. (Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Useful Adjunctive Tool for Pneumonia)
Specific techniques that are used to address respiratory problems through means like lymph drainage and rib cage mobility include: Rib Raising, Thoracic Pumping, Doming of the Thoracic Diaphragm, and Muscle Energy work. Some of the ways that these osteopathic manoeuvres can help manage these illnesses include increasing lymphatic flow, improving overall respiratory function by lowering inflammation, and boosting immunological defences by targeting anatomical structures involved in the respiratory and immune systems.
Contraindications (non exhaustive list)
Joint articulation techniques that involve considerable movements should be avoided, as they may:
Exceed the natural motion barrier
Stress the tissues excessively
Force the tissues to undergo the plastic deformation
Osteopathic Practice Standards (PDF)
The Osteopathic Manipulation Course, does not, nor it is intended or qualify you as a "Doctor in Osteopathy".
In England Under Section 32(1) of the Osteopaths Act 1993 it is an offence to infer or imply that you are an Osteopath if you have not carried out the relevant training, and the following designations or titles are prohibited to use: "Osteopath, Osteopathic Practitioner, Osteopathic Physician, Osteopathist, Osteotherapist, or any other kind of Osteopath".
Successful Qualified Students after the completion of the program course in Osteopathic Manipulation, when describing themselves, either in written or verbal form, must state that they are trained, certified or qualified in Osteopathic Manipulation Techniques.
Paul Health, LMT®, OM®
Lymphatic Manipulation Therapy
Graduates from Volksmed School of Health and Pharmacology having obtained the School Private Diploma of “Osteopathic Manipulation” or similar, should take care not to imply that they hold a general “Osteopathic” qualification in case they do not.
The title of “Osteopathic Manipulation” aren't Osteopathic doctors, and aren't registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
Thus the following information should be written in every letter and in every individual web page, this is in every page of the Practitioner webpage. This to avoid at all cost any confusion.
Please Note: Osteopathic Manipulation Practitioner aren't Osteopathic doctors, and aren't registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
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“Osteopathy Teaches, and has for its object the keeping and maintaining a complete circuit of the forces of the Motor, Sensory and Sympathetic Nerves, to and from the Brain and all the organs, tissues, blood and other vessels, the bowels and all parts, and the whole of the human system that pertain to nourishment, strength and growth of bone, the skin appendages and soft parts of the body.
Health is the result of the harmonious action of the system when all parts are unirritated by any cause, such as increased or diminished flow of the fluids of the arteries or veins or the nerve force, by partial or complete dislocation of bones, muscles, tissues, membranes or parts of the whole system. The object of Osteopathy is freedom of flow of all electric of other fluids, forces or substances pertaining to life.” - Statement of Dr A.T. Still, DO upon the Diplomas of Osteopathy in 1893.
Please note: Volksmed School is not related, nor is affiliated with any other Institution teaching Osteopathic Manipulation, OM® is a registered trademark of the Hospitallers Order of the Good News in the United Kingdom.
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