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Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy Specialist

Los Angeles Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA

If you have chronic pain, sleep issues, arthritis, or numerous other health concerns, osteopathic manipulation therapy might offer a path to relief. This form of therapy is available from Sera Ramadan, DO, and the team at Los Angeles Primary Care and has become a routine part of health and wellness for many residents in Los Angeles, California. To explore osteopathic manipulation therapy in more detail, call the office in Silverlake today to set up a visit or use the easy online booking tool.

Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy Q & A

What is osteopathic manipulation therapy?

Osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) is a hands-on treatment option that uses gentle pressure to manipulate your joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. The primary focus of OMT is prompting your body to tap into its innate healing abilities. 

Many people turn to OMT after numerous other treatments have failed to bring relief. Others want to try a therapy that does not rely on pharmaceutical interventions and the long list of potential side effects that can result from drug therapy. 

Practitioners of OMT have extensive training in anatomy and physiology and understand how to properly align bones and muscle tissue. As a doctor of osteopathy, Dr. Ramadan takes an approach to healing that incorporates aspects of body, mind, and spirit. 

What kinds of conditions can OMT treat?

OMT can address a wide range of conditions, and many people find that treatments improve more than one area of their health and wellness. Some of the issues that are a good match for OMT include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Constipation
  • Migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Joint pain

This is far from a comprehensive list. OMT is a versatile treatment that can improve many types of pain as well as related conditions.

Is osteopathic manipulation therapy painful?

Having OMT is not a painful process. In fact, this form of therapy is appropriate for people of all ages, including infants and the elderly. 

OMT techniques usually include a degree of light-to-moderate pressure, similar to having a massage. You may feel some resistance or stretching, but there is never any pain. 

Some techniques use a push-pull engagement, where you move your muscles in a specific way and your therapist provides countermovement to create resistance. In other techniques, joint manipulation or stretching and massaging your muscles is the primary approach. 

If you ever feel uncomfortable or experience pain during an OMT session, let your practitioner know. This should be a mode of therapy that relieves pain and improves function, and every effort is made to customize the experience to suit your exact set of needs and goals. 

When you’re ready to give OMT a try, book your appointment online in just minutes. You’re also welcome to call or stop by the office to find a time that fits your busy schedule.