Osteopathic Manipulation

Osteopathic Manipulation

Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on treatment beginning with an evaluation of your full body.

As an Osteopathic Sports Medicine physician, Dr. Stebbing uses her hands to both diagnose and treat patients. Many times, subtle changes that occur with soft tissue (skin, fascia, and muscles) or in joints aren’t detected by standard testing, and can be missed. Manipulations correct musculoskeletal dysfunction arising from injury and/or alterations in normal posture. Dr. Jennifer Stebbing uses her hands to diagnose and treat pain, tightness and limitations in motion in virtually any joint or area of the body.

The art of listening carefully to a patient’s story, then palpating to detect areas of dysfunction or pain, is one she has been refining for years.

Osteopathic Medicine is based on the premise that the body is fully integrated, rather than a collection of independent organ systems. This means that change or injury in one part of the body is likely to cause a ripple effect impacting other parts of the body. It is through the nervous and fascial system that changes in the musculoskeletal system occur. The musculoskeletal system can be evaluated by observing postural changes and asymmetry during movement, and by palpating or touching the patient. The treatment for musculoskeletal dysfunction can vary tremendously from one patient to another. There are techniques, for example, to mobilize a joint back to its normal position, relax a muscle, stretch an area, and relieve tightness, all improving the patient’s sense of wellbeing.

Osteopathic manipulation can be used to treat pain, tightness, stiffness, and loss of range of motion in just about any joint or area of the body. Examples include ankle sprain, headaches, back pain (especially after working), rib dysfunction (which can cause difficulty with breathing), and neck stiffness after sleeping in an awkward position.

Osteopathic manipulation was founded in the late 1800’s by AJ Still, a physician with the then-radical idea that the body was an interrelated system. He noticed reproducible musculoskeletal changes occurring with certain disease processes, and created a hands-on method of diagnosis and treatment. Over the years, many evidence-based techniques have been developed, all stemming from Dr. Still’s initial observations. Dr. Stebbing’s treatments typically involve correcting the alignment of the spine and other joints by targeting problems related to the surrounding musculature and soft tissue.


What osteopathic techniques are offered?

In general, because of her size, Dr Stebbing will use gentle leverage to treat patients. The goal is to correct fascial, muscle or other soft tissue tightness through either direct or indirect techniques, so as encourage realignment with a long lever technique. Dr Stebbing uses craniosacral, muscle energy, counterstain, facilitated position release, and balanced ligament tension techniques that she has blended. Many times she is treating intuitively. She avoids HVLA techniques to avoid ligamentous strain.

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