How OMT Is Used To Treat Physiologic Effects Of Stress
For any health condition, osteopathic physicians are knowledgable that every single person expresses general health and disease conditions in different ways. Also, the absence of a disease doesn’t necessarily mean good health. OMT uses some manual techniques to address different body conditions, These are mostly body conditions that cannot be easily recognized.
In this form of treatment, therefore, the osteopathic physician employs different techniques to address various changes. Some of the changes tend to occur in different body structures in aim to improve their physiologic function.
A basic OMT method will tend to range from single and gentle palpation to a high-pressure or rather a more rapid forceful body manipulation.
Emotional and also physical stresses tend to induce physiologic responses in the patient’s body. Thus, the general stimulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, as well as the overall arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, do occur. This results in the manipulation of multiple organ systems. This form of body response allows humans to freely adapt. It also helps the body to respond to different emotional and also physical stressors that do occurs.
How Do OMT works?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can be of immense benefit to those patients encountering chronic stress. This is because it affects the psychological and also the physiological makers of our stress responses.
Also, mental stress is muscular tension. This is usually via a complex neurologic reflex loop. It can also help in improving autonomic nervous system homeostasis through the induction of parasympathetic response.
The vagus nerves, which are responsible for supplying parasympathetic innervation exits the skull through the jugular foramen.
Rib rising is also believed to boost the overall autonomic homeostasis simply by decreasing the sympathetic tone. The mechanism of action for this technique is through the release of costotransverse articulation. Just anterior to this joint is the sympathetic ganglia. This does arise from the T1-L2.
In addition, the hand-on manipulation of the sub-occipital and the thoracic region with the OMT technique can be of great help. This is especially to osteopathic physicians.
If correctly applied, OMT it can assist in providing touchable care to patients’ minds, body, and spirit. This is through supporting their physiologic resilience and general homeostasis. This is during those stressful moments of life.