Treating according to osteopathic principles means treating the whole person. Historically preceding the advent of integrative and functional medicine by over a century, osteopathy is a comprehensive medical philosophy that includes addressing lifestyle, biomechanical alignment and prevention in addition to treating illness and pain.
Hands-On Medicine treats patients according to osteopathic principles and almost always includes manual diagnosis in addition to testing and imaging, if needed, and manual therapy using gentle osteopathic manipulation.
These are the basic Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine from the American Osteopathic Association:
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.
Plants have been utilized to treat illness and to maintain wellness since before recorded history. Using plants medicinally is called herbal medicine, botanical medicine or phytomedicine. While herbalism has not been used much in the US in the recent decades, advances in research and better quality control of products are changing that. In Europe, botanical medicine is already well integrated into medical practice. Other medical traditions (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda) use botanicals extensively. Almost a fourth of prescription drugs are derived from plants.
Herbs or combinations of different herbs often have fewer side effects than prescription medications. In that way they may be seen as a more conservative treatment option. However, they may have side effects and may also interact with medications.
In addition, botanicals offer other benefits including immune boosting function (Echinacea and astragalus), stress reduction without sedation (lemon balm, milky oats) and prevention or lessening of symptoms (butterbur for migraines).
Non-opioid Pain Management
Pain is defined as an unpleasant physical and emotional experience. Many parts of the body and brain contribute to pain. While chronic pain is incredibly complex, the many potential contributors to pain in turn offer many therapeutic targets.
For instance, anything that causes systemic inflammation in the body may be part of what is holding the pain at its current level. Treatable sources may include poor gastrointestinal function, food sensitivities or allergies, excess stress, toxins in the body tissue and nutritional deficiencies. Body biomechanics may have been altered due to scars, trauma or an old injury, either physical or emotional.
A combination of addressing nutritional deficits (such a certain B vitamins), poor biomechanical alignment and decreasing a stress response (from early or current life situations) is often successful in reducing pain, lessening flares and giving a person more control over that “unpleasant experience. Body biomechanics may have been altered due to scars, trauma or an old injury, either physical or emotional.Concussions and post concussion syndrome usually respond well to osteopathic treatment. A combination of correcting digestive dysfunction, food intolerances, biomechanical malalignments and heightened stress responses often is successful in reducing pain, lessening flares and giving a person more control over that “unpleasant experience.”
Oxygen / Ozone Therapies
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My practice is multi-disciplinary. I look for the best fit for each patient among the following Medical Therapies:
Traditional medical sciences include all the medical specialties that are familiar to most: internal medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, surgery, etc. The core of Hands-On Medicine is the specialty of physiatry, or non-surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation. One of the broadest reaching areas of medicine, physiatry is concerned with a human being’s ability to function - the capacity to live one’s life to the fullest, physically and mentally.
People are often seen in a physical medicine practice for pain, to regain as much mobility and stamina as possible after a stroke, heart attack, illness or injury, for sports and spine injuries, musculoskeletal problems and for other conditions that effect movement such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Physiatrists help create a personalized recovery program to improve the quality of life. They supervise a therapeutic team that may include referrals to:
physical and occupational therapy
speech and language therapy
special testing, including nerve conduction studies, MRIs, musculoskeletal ultrasound
supervised medical exercise therapy
psychological counseling or mind-body training
surgery, if needed.
In addition, this practice offers therapy with a very sophisticated FDA-approved electrical stimulation device called frequency specific microcurrent. While electrical stimulation has been used for over a hundred years and has thousands of published research studies to support its usefulness, the new technology is now much more advanced and customizable to individual needs. This particular technology is being used by physicians, physical therapists, professional athletic teams, chiropractors and even veterinarians.