Osteopathic Manipulation Specialist

Robert B. Lanter, DO -  - Physiatrist

Robert B. Lanter, DO

Physiatrist & Orthopaedic Specialist located in Oceanside, NY & Long Beach, NY

Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on treatment that’s safe for people of all ages. The techniques used ease your pain, improve your mobility, and help you return to an active lifestyle. The team at Robert B. Lanter, DO, has experience in many techniques and uses manual therapy to identify the source of your pain and promote healing. To learn more about osteopathic manipulation, call the office in Oceanside or Long Beach, New York, or book an appointment online today.

Osteopathic Manipulation Q&A

What is osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic physicians use a set of hands-on techniques to help restore musculoskeletal and neurovascular functions – some of these hands-on treatments include strain, counter-strain techniques, muscle energy, and myofascial release to ease your pain and restore function and movement. Dr. Lanter uses these techniques to help address neck, back, and joint pain as well as different types of headaches and sinus disorders. 

When performing your treatment, Dr. Lanter manipulates your connective tissues, muscles, and joints using movements such as resistance, gentle pressure, and stretching.

He may use osteopathic manipulation as your primary treatment. In some cases, however, he eases your pain by combining hands-on therapy with other medical and regenerative therapies.

Osteopathic manipulation can help many patients avoid more invasive treatments like medications and surgery.

What health conditions benefit from osteopathic manipulation?

Osteopathic manipulation provides effective treatment for muscle and joint conditions, chronic pain, and other health conditions. Your osteopathic therapy can support healing, ease the pain, and improve mobility problems caused by conditions such as:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neuropathy
  • Sinus disorders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Lower and upper extremity pain 

By targeting the neuromuscular factors associated with your underlying problem, osteopathic manipulation can have a widespread impact on your body. For example, tense muscles may pinch nerves and cause pain in areas other than the affected muscles. Relaxing the muscle with osteopathic manipulation subsequently eases the nerve pain. 

How is osteopathic manipulation performed?

The team is trained in many osteopathic techniques. After finishing a thorough physical examination and evaluating the movement in your joints, they develop a treatment plan that’s best for your underlying health needs.

During your treatment, your provider may ask you to stand, sit, or lie down. After you’re in the proper position, they use pressure and manipulation to stretch and relax muscles and manipulate your joints into their proper alignment. 

Osteopathic techniques range from slow, continuous pressure to quick manipulations. Though some of the movements may feel strange, they shouldn’t hurt. Tell your provider immediately if you feel pain during your therapy.

These are a few examples of osteopathic techniques that your provider may use during your treatment:

  • Muscle energy technique
  • Myofascial release
  • Articular therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Soft tissue technique 

If you have chronic pain or an acute musculoskeletal condition, osteopathic manipulation can help. To schedule an appointment, call Robert B. Lanter, DO, or book an appointment online today.