Osteopathy is a science involving diagnosis and treatment through the aid of manual therapy. In general, Osteopathy is a type of complementary medicineOsteopathic Manual Practitioners are qualified to thoroughly evaluate each patient, thereby limiting complications in treatment.
If the treatment is deemed not suitable for the patient, the patient will be sent back to a physician or other health professionals for proper evaluation. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners also refer patients if they think they need a more conventional medical approach.
Some Osteopathic Manual treatments involve direct manipulation of the spinal column if necessary, but this is not mandatory treatment. Any manipulation to the neck and spinal column when done is carried out with the utmost care and caution in order to prevent any rare seizures or incidents, and are not done on patients with specific previous illnesses.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners take a full medical history at the first consultation in order to prevent manipulations that would put a patient at risk. There are many other techniques that can be used in order to treat a problem or issue.
These are all reasons for caution and do not necessarily negate treatment.
Thus, there is rarely, if ever, absolute total contraindication to Osteopathic Manual Treatment, even if some techniques are not suitable for a specific patient because of their health or their body’s condition.
It is important for BOTH the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and the patient to use common sense.
Even patients with serious illnesses or unstable body structures can be treated safely. Osteopathic Manual Treatment itself usually has no side effects, except for the possibility of weakness and pain in the body or joints that may possibly occur sometimes for a day or two after treatment.
So almost anyone can benefit from assessment, and treatment by a qualified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.