OMT Minute  |   January 2018
OMT for Cancer Patients After Bowel Resection
Author Notes
  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Nicole Peña, DO, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. Email: nicole.pena@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Gastroenterology / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
OMT Minute   |   January 2018
OMT for Cancer Patients After Bowel Resection
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, e1. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.014
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2018, Vol. 118, e1. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.014
Patients with cancer typically have substantial somatic dysfunction that results from surgical procedures and treatment regimens, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help reduce musculoskeletal symptoms, complications from treatment, and pain, and thus lead to earlier ambulation, shorter time to flatus, and shortened hospital stays. 
In the video, we describe the application of 2 techniques for patients with colon cancer after bowel resection: release of the 12th rib via balanced ligamentous tension (BLT) and lumbosacral decompression with BLT. These OMT techniques, which should be applied to a patient in the supine position, may be safely and effectively used to improve respiration and postoperative ileus. 
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