Can OMT Treat Migraines?
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OMT, or Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, is a form of hands-on therapy commonly used by osteopathic physicians to diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of medical conditions, including migraines. While OMT is not a cure for migraines, it can be used as a complementary therapy to help manage symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.
How Does OMT Treat Migraines?
- Improved circulation: OMT techniques aim to enhance blood flow and circulation throughout the body. By improving circulation to the head and neck area, OMT may help reduce the intensity and duration of migraines.
- Muscle tension relief: OMT involves gentle manipulation of muscles and joints to relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Since muscle tension is a common trigger for migraines, reducing it through OMT can help alleviate migraine symptoms.
- Cranial manipulation: Osteopathic physicians may use cranial manipulation techniques as part of OMT to address imbalances or restrictions in the skull bones and membranes. This can potentially relieve pressure on certain nerves and blood vessels in the head and alleviate migraine symptoms.
- Spinal alignment: OMT often includes spinal manipulation and adjustments to improve alignment and restore proper function to the spine. By addressing any misalignments or restrictions in the spine, OMT may help alleviate migraines triggered by spinal issues or nerve compression.
- Stress reduction: OMT promotes relaxation and helps reduce stress levels. Stress is a known trigger for migraines in many individuals, so by reducing stress through OMT, it may be possible to prevent or mitigate the occurrence of migraines.
Will OMT Help Your Migraines?
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of OMT for migraines can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience significant relief, while others may see only modest improvements or no change at all. Dr. Stumpf usually uses OMT in combination with other migraine strategies such as medication, lifestyle modifications, and stress management techniques in order to maximize your own
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