Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy: Structure vs. Function

Holistic health focuses on function; Does the body work? 'Modern medicine' finds something wrong; and chases those symptoms.

Big Difference!

While structural integrity is essential to optimal function, a bigger question is: Does the curvature of my spine affect what I want to be able to do?

Your structure governs how your body moves (movement is a function) and how it sends messages (nerve signaling is a function) and that can affect other things.

But before we start blaming our short leg length or scoliosis or lack of hip flexibility for our symptoms, let’s understand what’s important.

Powerful tools for osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis: the leading musculoskeletal cause of disability in the Western society. Years and a lifetime of ignored low-level chronic inflammation catch up to us as we age—our joints wear down, it becomes painful to do what we love…

Cartilage—a firm, flexible tissue that cushions bones at joints. Cartilage lets bones glide over one another while absorbing energy from the movement.

When cartilage breaks down and wears away, the bones rub together causing pain, swelling, and stiffness.

In pain, we are driven to seek help. Pain makes it impossible to have a high quality of life, play with our children or grandchildren, enjoy the things we used to do easily. And if only that pain can go away we can have the life we want back.