Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are trained to promote the body’s natural tendency toward self-healing and health. Their caring, holistic approach to wellness is rooted in the latest advances in medicine, but DOs also consider options that can complement pharmaceuticals and surgery.
Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine
The Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine express the underlying philosophy of osteopathic medicine:
The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
Who Can Benefit From OMT?
OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems and phases of life such as:
- sinus disorders
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- TMJ pain
- menstrual pain
- neck and back pain
- rotator cuff injury
- during pregnancy and as a newborn
- the list can go on…
When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care. If you are unsure about OMT, ask Dr. Strong and she can try to answer your questions.
What do I need to know about OMT?
Not all patients will feel better, especially after their first visit when we need to take a detailed history and physical. We may need re-schedule and have a thorough OMT exam and treatment session.
Many patients may actually feel sore for a day or two after treatment, especially when they had significant restrictions removed over the course of the treatment. Drink plenty of water after OMT because it may help to prevent such soreness by “flushing” lactic acid and other pain mediators from the body.
It may take several visits before a concern is resolved. For chronic issues, it may be recommended that you will have to come back for a few more weekly appointments before we see progress. For a more acute issues patients may need to be seen more than once a week or re-evaluated.
OMT can be done in your regular clothing. But if you can, remember to not wear jeans or other restrictive clothing; this will help facilitate treatment.