Osteopathy, also referred to as osteopathic manipulation treatment, is a therapy designed to help diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of illnesses and injuries as well as help relieve pain and tension caused from a number of conditions and diseases including cancer. Many cancer patients, such as those diagnosed with mesothelioma, are exploring options that can help them alleviate the pain caused by the disease as well as the side effects of cancer treatments. In addition, cancer patients are also looking for ways to relieve the stress brought on by their diagnosis.

A broad range of manual treatments are used by osteopathic doctors in order to arouse the body’s natural healing powers. How the musculoskeletal system functions in the well being of a person and in treating diseases is the focal point of osteopathy. It is combined with traditional cancer treatment and prescription drugs.

Forms of Osteopathy

There are several forms of osteopathic manipulation treatment. Craniosacral therapy is a common form. It refers to skull manipulation and involves the health professional gently touching the skull and spine regions in order to relieve the craniosacral system from any restrictions.

Another form of manipulation is visceral osteopathy. Here the goal is to relieve any restrictions between the body and the visceral organs; for example, the stomach and the intestines. Osteopathic manipulation also includes stretching and loosening the muscles and joints, and gentle massages.

Benefits of Osteopathy

osteopathy mesotheliomaAccording to patients, osteopathy helps lessen the side effects that are associated with cancer treatments. The therapy can also help reduce fatigue, headaches, nausea, and joint and muscle pain. In addition, there are a large number of patients with malignant mesothelioma who have reported they feel less anxiety and stress after receiving a treatment. However, osteopathy manipulation therapy does not cure cancer.

As is true with all alternative therapies, a patient should consult with their health care providers before beginning any treatment. Generally speaking, it is usually osteopathic manipulation that is not recommended for patients whose disease has moved to the bones because osteopathy entails physical manipulation of different body parts which includes the muscles and joints. In addition, most health professionals, out of concern, will not use physical manipulation in the area in which the cancer is located. Although there is no scientific reason, health professionals avoid the area so not to trigger the cancer to spread to other parts of the body.

Mesothelioma and Osteopathy

Advocates of alternative methods like Osteopathy note its ability to ease pain and other symptoms of diseases such as mesothelioma. Along with medical treatments, those patients diagnosed with mesothelioma could likely utilize therapies such as this one.  In the case of mesothelioma, having a latency period of 20 to 50 years can often mean that once an individual is diagnosed, symptoms will be strong and the pain unbearable, at times. Symptom relief with alternative practices such as osteopathy can make an individual with mesothelioma more comfortable and happier.

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