Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment Specialist

Center For Digestive Healing

Lourdes Bahamonde, DO

Gastroenterology & Internal Medicine located in Cudahy, CA & Pasadena, CA

Pain in your back or chronic headaches can put a serious damper on your quality of life. Hands-on osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT) provided by Lourdes G. Bahamonde, DO, at Center For Digestive Healing can offer relief without the use of drugs and injection therapy. Call the office in Cudahy, California, or book an appointment online to learn how you can find greater movement and relieve pain with osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Q & A

What is osteopathic manipulation treatment (OMT)?

Osteopathic physicians, such as Lourdes G. Bahamonde, DO, use hands-on techniques to diagnose, treat, and prevent gastrointestinal pain and illness. 

The purpose of osteopathic manipulation treatment involves stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance to move your joints and muscles and rebalance the autonomic nervous system. This system plays a role in digestion and other gastrointestinal functions. Your autonomic nerves also control other unconscious functions, like respiration, urination, and sexual arousal.

Osteopaths learn specifics about the autonomic nervous system during their training, so they have great insight into how these nerves control digestion and gastrointestinal function. These systems are interconnected, and osteopaths understand how they affect one another.

Osteopathic medicine holds that tightness and restriction in your nerves and muscles can be the cause of many health problems. Through manipulations, Dr. Bahomonde can help relieve pain and nausea without the need for drugs or surgery.

Who can benefit from osteopathic manipulation treatment?

Most patients who have gastrointestinal symptoms can benefit from osteopathic manipulation treatment. This treatment is appropriate for people of all ages, even women who are pregnant. 

Dr. Bahamonde adjusts the therapies to address your particular health needs and can use osteopathic manipulations specifically for:

  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain

Osteopathic manipulations are particularly beneficial to those who want to avoid medications that mask pain.

What are the benefits of osteopathic manipulation treatment?

OMT can relieve misalignments and imbalances in the autonomic nervous system that are contributing to pain. 

Dr. Bahamonde also uses the treatment to enhance circulation throughout the body, which reduces inflammation and encourages healing. She can also work with you to prevent further gastrointestinal symptoms through lifestyle changes and other preventive strategies that keep you healthy.

What types of manipulations are used?

As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Bahamonde uses different techniques depending on your needs. She stretches and applies pressure to areas around your autonomic nerves, or she may move your muscles in a particular way to direct their energy.

To take advantage of the healing power of osteopathic manipulative therapy, call Center For Digestive Healing or book an appointment using the online tool.