Osteopathic Manipulation

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

Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on treatment beginning with an evaluation of your full body. Manipulations correct musculoskeletal dysfunction arising from injury and/or alterations in normal posture. Dr. Stebbing uses her hands to diagnose and treat pain, tightness and limitations in motion in virtually any joint or area of the 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. 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 can be used to treat pain, tightness, stiffness, and loss of range of motion in just about any joint or area of the body.

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 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 Medicine 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.

Gina is a 55 year old avid gardener. She normally plants her gardens and slowly increases the time she spends gardening as the weather gets warmer. This spring she was unable to do her normal bed cleaning as it rained every weekend. When Memorial Day weekend arrived, she spent all three days weeding and planting. The following day, she could not stand up straight. She was treated with Osteopathic Manipulation and was able to stand comfortably by the end of the session.

Ray is a 24 year old college student who crammed for his finals. After staying up all night, he aced the final. Unfortunately, he fell asleep in an awkward position on the bus on the way to the airport. By the next day, he could not move his neck. Osteopathic Manipulation would be an ideal treatment option for Ray.

42 year old Norm recently opened his own auto repair shop. He spends his days under the hoods of cars, twisting and holding his body in precarious positions. He has noticed that he has low level back discomfort. Knowing that it could get worse, he opted for treatment with Osteopathic Manipulation. Additionally, Norm was given core stabilization exercises to stabilize his spine and strengthen his abdominal muscles, preventing further problems.