Compressed structures in the spine like facet joints, ligaments, spinal discs, spinal nerves, but also ribs, pelvic-sacroiliac joints, can affect our general health in many negative ways; pain, discomfort and limitation of certain activities are common when the spine is not in an optimum balance.
When structures are compressed, limit the flow of nutrients, decrease circulation, oxygen and decrease spinal nerve conduction to organs and tissues in the spine and in the body.
Herniated or degenerative disc disease, worn vertebral joints, numbness and tingling in arms and legs, Sciatica pain, spinal stenosis, they all can be treated effectively with osteopathic manual decompression techniques.
Osteopathic spinal decompression approach is different that the common mechanized approach that Chiropractors or Physiotherapists employ with the use of equipment to decompress the spine, the osteopathic approach is based on decompressing and stabilizing the spine and structures that have direct or indirect connections with the spine.
The osteopathic approach based on one of its principles that the human body functions as one unit, and that all structures are connected, therefore decompressing the spine cannot have a long lasting effect if compromising structures affecting the spine are not addressed as well. Osteopathy with a fine touch, focuses not only on the spine itself, but on cranial bones , sacrum, sacroiliac structures, ribs, sternum.
Osteopathic manipulations has a profound positive effect on the dura mater, the outermost membrane of the meninges that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, responsible for keeping in the cerebrospinal fluid, and connecting cranial structures to the spine and tail bone. Releasing restrictions of visceral organ connections to the spine which can compromise it by restricting motion in the vertebral joints, and it is very important for spinal health.
Osteopathic manipulations are gentle and non invasive, they release pressure in the vertebral spine, and discs, decompressing structures, creating more space in between joints, releasing pressure on spinal nerves, ligaments and restrictions in cranial bones, pelvic and ribs which they can have a direct effect on the spine.
There are general contraindications in individuals with spinal tumours, unstable spondylolisthesis, meningitis, severe osteoporosis, spinal fusions, spinal metal plates, screws, fractures, abdominal aortic aneurysm.
In general, you should have significant improvement and pain relief, be more functional and independent with a treatment plan of 10 sessions, some individuals may need more depending in how advance the condition is, but factors like general health of the client, diet, reducing stress, maintaining proper posture, using proper lifting and carrying techniques, and regular stretching exercises can have a positive impact on the optimum maintenance of your spine.
Gerardo Ponce is a Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Acupuncturist, and Massage Therapist , holding a BioScience Degree with extensive clinical experience in Manual Medicine