Osteopathic Manipulation

Osteopathic Manipulation services offered in Tigard, OR

Osteopathic manipulation provides a noninvasive, hands-on treatment for musculoskeletal problems that cause pain or mobility issues. At SW Physical Therapy, physical therapist John Lopez, PT, and the team use osteopathic manipulation to prevent swelling and stiffness and help your body function better. To make an appointment, call the office in Tigard, Oregon, or book online today.

What is osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on therapy that relieves pain and encourages healthy circulation. It’s entirely noninvasive and involves your SW Physical Therapy provider using a combination of hand motions and gentle pressure to manipulate your muscles, joints, and soft tissues.

Osteopathic manipulation aligns your bones and muscles. When these hard and soft tissues are balanced, you feel better and are less likely to experience an injury.

What types of health problems can benefit from osteopathic manipulation?

At SW Physical Therapy, the team uses osteopathic manipulation to treat various health problems, including:

  • Asthma
  • Sinus infections
  • Bowel issues
  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Repetitive-stress injuries (RSIs)

You might also benefit from osteopathic manipulation if you’re pregnant. Routine visits to SW Physical Therapy can relieve pressure on your lower back and pelvis, reduce the symptoms of morning sickness, and make labor and delivery easier.

What happens during osteopathic manipulation?

At SW Physical Therapy, osteopathic manipulation begins with a review of your medical records and discussing your health concerns. Your provider asks about your diet, sleep habits, and lifestyle, including if you smoke or drink alcohol. 

Next, your provider performs a physical exam, gently pressing on the areas of your body experiencing pain. They also order diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or an ultrasound, to rule out underlying problems, like fractures or arthritis.

After determining the source of your discomfort, your SW Physical Therapy provider asks you to sit or lie on an exam table. Then, they use a series of hands-on, manipulative techniques to carefully realign your bones, joints, and muscles.

There are more than 40 different positions used in osteopathic manipulation. During treatment, your provider might ask you to roll onto your side, pull your knees to your chest, or stand up. They might also ask you to hold your breath or exhale quickly at specific times. Combined, these measures encourage balance throughout your body, helping relieve tension and inflammation.

Is osteopathic manipulation safe?

Osteopathic manipulation is safe and usually well-tolerated. Still, you might experience mild soreness or stiffness. After your appointment, drink plenty of water and take it easy for the rest of the day. Depending on your symptoms, your provider might want you to return for a checkup in a week or two.

To learn more about osteopathic manipulation, make an appointment at SW Physical Therapy by calling the office or booking online today.