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Osteopathic Manipulation Specialist

Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Oceanside, CA

Osteopathic physicians such as Bryan Hawkins, DO, and the team at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center in Oceanside, California, are fully licensed medical doctors with extensive training in hands-on osteopathic manipulation, which they use to diagnose and treat problems throughout your body. Osteopathic manipulation helps heal many orthopedic problems, but it’s especially effective for pain syndromes, like chronic back pain. To get effective relief from your pain, or to learn more about osteopathic manipulation, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Osteopathic Manipulation Q&A

What is osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation refers to hands-on techniques used by osteopathic doctors to evaluate and treat problems with your neuromusculoskeletal system. There are many types of osteopathic techniques. However, they primarily use stretching, pressure, and resistance to manipulate your muscles, connective tissues, and joints.

How does osteopathic manipulation improve my health?

Your doctor at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center uses manual techniques that directly impact the targeted area and lead to body-wide improvements by increasing blood flow and releasing pinched nerves and scarred connective tissues.

Osteopathic manipulation effectively promotes healing by:

  • Relieving pain
  • Boosting circulation of blood and lymph fluids
  • Improving range of motion
  • Treating tissue abnormalities
  • Relieving joint restriction and misalignment
  • Restoring muscle balance

Osteopathic manipulation may be a key part of your treatment for a wide range of orthopedic health conditions, but it’s especially beneficial for treating chronic back, neck, shoulder, and hip pain.

What types of osteopathic manipulation might I receive?

Before a decision is made about the type of osteopathic techniques you may receive, you go through a review of your medical history and talk about your symptoms and concerns. Your doctor at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center also uses musculoskeletal ultrasound to visualize soft tissues and identify injuries and disease. Depending on the results of your exam and your diagnosis, your doctor decides if osteopathic manipulation should be part of your treatment plan.

During your osteopathic exam, you undergo a comprehensive evaluation of your musculoskeletal system. This type of exam includes:

  • Visual evaluation of your posture, balance, gait, and spine
  • Physical hands-on exam (palpation) of your back, arms, and legs to evaluate the tissues and structures
  • Putting your back, arms, and legs through the full range of motion to look for pain and limited movement

The hands-on therapy you receive draws from the many techniques osteopathic physicians use to relieve pain, release connective tissues, relax muscles, and activate healing. These are only a few examples:

Soft tissue technique

Stretching, deep pressure, and traction are applied to relax muscles and myofascial tissues.

Myofascial release

Penetrating pressure is used to release fascia, the connective tissue surrounding bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs.

Muscle energy technique

You use specific muscles to push against the force applied by your doctor at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center.

When you suffer from pain, stiff muscles, or limited movement, osteopathic manipulation at Non-Surgical Orthopedic Center can provide relief while also promoting healing. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or use the online booking feature.

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