Osteopathic manipulations serve to help the body heal itself from the inside out. By performing a variety of manipulations, a practitioner can open channels in the body which enable the innate healing powers of the body to bring more blood flow and energy to the treated regions. This, in turn, helps the body to heal itself from injuries at a quicker rate than the body would naturally do on its own.
What a person puts into their mouths on a daily basis also influences how the body can heal. A diet high in pro inflammatory foods such as wheat, gluten, dairy and corn may delay healing in injured tissues. Taking supplements in addition to an anti inflammatory diet can help heal injured tissues and keep the body healthy in the event of injury. A few key supplements which may help decrease pain include fish oil and glucosamine sulfate. Fish oil is a naturally occurring anti inflammatory. Taking a fish oil supplement daily will help decrease the amount of inflammation in the gut and enable the body to best absorb naturally occurring nutrients in food. Glucosamine sulfate is a great supplement to take for those who have joint pain. Glucosamine supports the structure and function of joints and can help stimulate cartilage repair and decrease osteoarthritic pain.
Osteopathic manipulations, in combination with a healthy diet and the right supplements, will decrease pain and improve overall sense of well being. It will enable a person to be healed from their injury as opposed to just covering up symptoms. A healthy lifestyle that includes osteopathy will enable a person return to optimal performance in a minimal amount of time.