Primary Care & Aesthetics located in Fort Collins, CO
Hundreds of muscles, joints, and soft tissues make up the human body, working in conjunction to keep you in motion. At Jane&Jayne in Fort Collins, Colorado, JD Wideman, DO, utilizes osteopathic manipulation to diagnose, treat, and prevent musculoskeletal injuries. If you are experiencing chronic pain or an injury that’s holding you back from living your best life, call Jane&Jayne or schedule an appointment online today.
Osteopathic Manipulation Q&A
What is osteopathic manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulation, or osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), realigns the spine and promotes healing through gentle movements and hands-on techniques. This manual approach diagnoses, treats, and prevents common musculoskeletal injuries to reduce pain and inflammation throughout your body and helps the body heal itself.
Dr. Wideman is trained and licensed to practice OMT and enjoys using it in her practice. OMT is part of her holistic approach to your health and well-being.
What can osteopathic manipulation treat?
Osteopathic manipulation is a non-invasive treatment that can address many common health problems including:
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck pain
- Nerve damage
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
OMT can also be used to stimulate your lymphatic system to drain excess fluids, which can relieve symptoms associated with inflammation.
What happens during an osteopathic manipulation visit?
At the beginning of your visit, Dr. Wideman reviews your medical history and addresses any health concerns you may have. It is important to explain exactly where your pain is, when it started, and any treatments you’ve tried at home.
To begin the treatment, Dr. Wideman may use manipulative techniques like passive motion exercises and stretching. These diagnostic techniques evaluate your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to pinpoint the area of your pain.
Depending on the type of pain, she may utilize a muscle energy technique where she moves your muscles in one direction while you move in the opposite direction. This can significantly reduce pain and relax your muscles.
Myofascial release therapy is a type of osteopathic manipulation where the practitioner applies pressure on the connective tissue surrounding sore muscles to release tension and painful knots.
For headaches and neck pain, Dr. Wideman recommends osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine, which involves placing pressure around your skull to relieve pain, reduce tension, and promote healing.
Osteopathic manipulation is a safe, effective, hands-on treatment for all types of pain and discomfort. By realigning your spine, OMT can significantly improve your muscle and joint function while preventing future injuries.
Along with OMT, the team may recommend Pain Wizard pain relief cream, a local product Dr. Wideman has used for many years.
To schedule an osteopathic manipulation appointment with Dr. Wideman, call Jane&Jayne, or book a visit online now.