Osteopathy

              

“The first step in osteopathy is a belief in our own body”   Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO

Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), also known as osteopathy or osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), is an amazing  hands on medical treatment that provides personalized long term solutions for acute/chronic pain, injuries, and a wide variety of medical problems.

Many patients are able to discontinue or reduce medication use because of osteopathic treatment, and some patients are able to avoid surgery. Frequently, patients are astonished that one or two simple treatments can greatly restore their quality of life.

Osteopathy is the clinical application of the understanding of the integrated nature (structure and function) of the WHOLE human body, including the cranium. For example, the osteopathic approach trains a physician to understand how a patient’s symptom of neck pain might be due to a problem in the neck, but also how other body structures could be playing a role as well. Neck pain might actually be caused by a problem in the shoulder girdle, or the ribs or diaphragm (breathing muscle in the chest). Other examples are the influence of the respiratory (thoracic) diaphragm on the hips through the psoas muscle or the influence of strains in the diaphragm on the esophagus and GERD (acid reflux). These are uniquely osteopathic concepts and principles and are based on an understanding of the unity of anatomy and physiology of the entire body system.

Unfortunately, if you have symptoms that don’t fit the “traditional” medical paradigm that most physicians have been trained to understand, you’ll likely be told “it’s all in your head” or “you’ll have to live with it”. In many cases, this isn’t true. There is an anatomicophysiological reason you’re having these symptoms, and osteopathy can address it.  Everything in the body is connected–the body is not a bunch of separate parts.

Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for anyone of any age and condition, including infants and children, pregnant women, those in a fragile condition, and elite athletes.