Fibromyalgia Alternative Therapy with an Osteopath
Patients seek a D.O. for any condition that would lead them to seek an Allopathic doctor (M.D.), and finding one is just as easy. The visit is similar to any other appointment with a health care professional. The doctor, or an associate, will take a medical history. The Osteopath may put greater emphasis on overall health and lifestyle rather than on a particular condition, and with some Osteopaths there is a great focus on the body’s structure and posture. The D.O. evaluates posture, the spine, and balance by asking the patient to stand, walk across the room, sit, and lie down. If the Osteopath practices Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a hands-on examination will likely be conducted. This examination involves touching the patient’s back and limbs; checking joints for pain or limited mobility; and testing muscles, tendons, and ligaments for tenderness. The Dr. of Osteopathy will assess reflexes, flexibility and muscle strength.
These techniques help the Osteopath detect various abnormalities, including range-of-motion problems, structural irregularities, and changes in tissue textures. Moreover, an Osteopath will help in reaching a correct diagnosis such as fibromyalgia. Musculoskeletal disorders sometimes mimic other conditions. Depending on the results of the exam, further examination may include x-rays and/or lab tests.
The Osteopath Therapy for Fibromyalgia Patients
After the examination, the Osteopath decides on a course of alternative therapy for fibermyalgia. In most cases, it will be similar to that provided by an M.D.. Depending on the patient’s condition, the Osteopath may use OMT to treat the patient. The patient will lie down while the Osteopath uses various manual techniques to relieve misalignments, improve joint mobility, and treat other structural problems. These techniques include soft-tissue manipulation, joint and spine manipulation; each of which is intended to correct misalignments of bones, and to relax muscles. This may feel like a massage or a chiropractic adjustment. The difference is that in Osteopathic care, Allopathic medications are also prescribed. The Osteopath may suggest various stretching exercises to further complement the OMT fibromyalgia alternative therapy.
Osteopaths have a long-standing commitment to women’s health. In fact, Dr. Still was one of the first to admit women into medical school on a regular basis. Today, 39 percent of the total enrollment of Osteopathic Medical School students are women. This is significant as the majority of fibromyalgia patients are women who seek an osteopath for fibromyalgia alternative therapy.
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