Osteopathic Manipulation Specialist

Colorado Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Specialists located in Denver, CO

Osteopathic manipulation is often used to treat muscle and joint pain, but it can also help relieve many other health conditions without dependency on medications. The caring doctors of osteopathic medicine at Colorado Family Medicine in Denver, Colorado are experts at osteopathic manipulation as part of their patient-centered, holistic philosophy for treating illnesses and alleviating chronic pain. If you’re looking for a family medicine practice that focuses on treating the whole person, not just the symptoms, call or schedule an appointment using the online system.

Osteopathic Manipulation Q & A

Colorado Family Medicine

What is osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is hands-on care for patients with a variety of illnesses or injuries. Dr. Andrianakos and Dr. Kalogeropoulos, doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO), use osteopathic manipulative therapies to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness. OMT is a hands-on technique the doctors use to move your muscles and joints using stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. OMT is sometimes used in place of medications or surgery.

How does it work?

Dr. Andrianakos and Dr. Kalogeropoulos use their hands to apply gentle pressure, resistance, or stretching to your muscles, connective tissues, and bones. This corrects any restriction in your nerves, tightness in your muscles, and helps move your joints for a better range of motion. OMT has more than 40 gentle, non-painful techniques, some of which include:

  • Myofascial release: the DO firmly, but gently, applies pressure to relieve tension in the fascia or the layer of connective tissue surrounding your muscles, bones, and organs.
  • Osteopathic cranial manipulation: the DO applies gentle pressure to your skull to stimulate a healing response
  • Muscle energy: you move your muscles one way while the DO counters the movement so there is a push-pull feeling
  • Soft tissue: stretching and relieving muscle tension

What conditions can osteopathic manipulation treat?

Osteopathic manipulation is effective for relieving a variety of symptoms and effectively treating health conditions for patients of all ages including:

  • Degenerative disc or joint disease
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches, migraines, and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • TMJ
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee pain
  • Asthma
  • Sinus issues
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Menstrual pain

What are the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment?

Osteopathic manipulation can benefit patients in many ways. It is often the perfect complement or replacement for medications or invasive surgeries as part of integrative healthcare approach to traditional medical care. Since OMT is safe for patients of all ages, it can be used to alleviate many different types of pain, increase mobility, and promote healing in your body.

In addition to OMT, the doctors at Colorado Family Medicine also offer acupuncture as another complementary form of healing alongside standard medical practices and techniques.