What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed and board certified physicians who practice in every medical specialty. DOs believe in a whole-person approach to medicine. What does that mean? It means that at my practice, I pay more attention to you than your chart or a computer screen. I look beyond your symptoms to understand how your lifestyle, environmental factors, genomics, emotions and spiritual beliefs and health history can impact your health and influence your ability to stay well. A whole person approach also means: mind, body and spirit. I will be inquiring how this looks for you as we complete your evaluation.
One part of Osteopathic Medicine is hands-on approach to health, called osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT. It involves board certified, licensed osteopath, like myself, using hands-on manipulation to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. When I practice osteopathic medicine, I move your muscles and joints using techniques such as myofascial release, high velocity/low amplitude, cranial sacral, muscle energy. As a patient when I do this you will go through motions, including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance and relaxation.
How is OMT Used in Medicine?
An OMT plan can ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility in the treatment of muscle and tendon pain. But it can also help with many other health problems, including asthma, sinus disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines and menstrual pain. OMT accomplishes this by working within your autonomic nervous system (ANS). That is your fight or flight response. The more effective we are in treating the ANS, the more you are then in the relaxation phase which is where the healing occurs. It is so effective, that it can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery.
Osteopathic medicine therapy is based on the premise that tightness and restriction in your nerves and muscles can lead to many other health problems. It’s why we are trained to gently move your joints and tissues to correct restrictions. Osteopathic manipulation treatment uses 40 different forms of tissue therapy, including soft tissue stretching and pressure, muscle energy, myofascial release, osteopathic cranial sacral manipulation.
Patients of all ages and stages of health can benefit from OMT. Interested in learning more? Give us a call to begin your health and wellness journey.