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Osteopathic Manipulation Specialist

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

The doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who practice at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine in Orland Park, Illinois, offer osteopathic manipulation to ease pain and improve your joint function. The practice takes a whole-person approach to your health, recognizing that injury or illness in one part of your body can affect your entire system. Osteopathic manipulations are a powerful, hands-on healing modality that improves your overall well-being. Call the office today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment to learn how an osteopathic approach to care can help you.

Osteopathic Manipulation Q & A

What is osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation involves using strategic, hands-on pressure, stretching, and resistance to diagnose and treat pain. The technique can prevent and treat illness and complications from injury by aligning your joints and optimizing your body’s function. 

Your osteopathic doctor has in-depth training and education about the musculoskeletal system. They use this knowledge about the workings of your muscles, bones, and nerves to assess how tightness or dysfunction in these tissues can cause health problems.

Hands-on manipulation can identify imbalances in your body that contribute to the development of disease or injury. The manipulations also encourage your body’s ability to self-heal. 

Osteopathic manipulations are usually included as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to heal pain that may also involve prescription or over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Who benefits from osteopathic manipulation?

Patients with pain, a sports injury, or limited mobility can benefit from osteopathic manipulation. People of any age may benefit as well as pregnant women. Exactly what your osteopathic manipulation treatment entails depends on your health complaint.

The manipulations can boost circulation, improving the delivery of oxygen and healing nutrients to areas of injury. As a result, inflammation subsides so healing can occur.

What types of conditions can be treated with osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation can help alleviate a number of conditions, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Knee pain
  • Sinus disorders
  • Shoulder pain
  • Asthma
  • TMJ
  • Poor posture

Osteopathic manipulations can help you avoid unnecessary surgery or reduce dependence on medications for healing. 

What happens during an osteopathic manipulation session?

Osteopathic manipulations aren’t painful. Your DO uses a wide variety of techniques, including stretching and the application of pressure to sore muscles. 

Firm pressure may be applied to bundled areas of fascia, a web of connective tissue that covers muscles and joints. Cranial manipulative medicine is applied to patients suffering neck or headache pain. This treatment involves the application of soft pressure to your skull. 

Your DO talks you through osteopathic manipulations so you feel comfortable and in control the entire time.

Experience the great healing provided by osteopathic manipulative treatments. Call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine today for an appointment or use the online tool.