OMT Minute  |   February 2018
OMT to Address the Physiologic Effects of Stress
Author Notes
  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA in Vallejo. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: This video was produced by Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Danielle Emmet, 1310 Club Dr, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. Email: danielle.emmet@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
OMT Minute   |   February 2018
OMT to Address the Physiologic Effects of Stress
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2018, Vol. 118, e11. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.028
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, February 2018, Vol. 118, e11. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.028
Emotional and physical stress induce a physiologic response in the human body. Activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and arousal of the sympathetic nervous system occurs, affecting multiple organ systems. This response allows humans to adaptively respond to emotional and physical stressors; however, chronic exposure to such stressors can lead to maladaptive alterations in our stress response, hormone levels, and allostatic load. 
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) may benefit patients facing chronic stress as it affects physiological and psychological markers of our stress response. Several OMT techniques, including suboccipital inhibition and rib raising (video), are associated with increased heart rate variability, improved autonomic homeostasis, decreased muscular tension, and reduced perception of stress. 

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