OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE (OMM)
What is it and how can it help you & your baby?
Women's Osteopathic Wellness, PLLC, the first & only concierge-style practice in North Carolina, catering to prenatal and postpartum ("4th trimester") women and newborns, is officially open as of November 1st, 2021, in Downtown Asheville, NC!
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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathic Medicine aka Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, in 1874, after he realized the conventional medical practices of his time were ineffective and even harmful. His research and clinical experience led him to discover that the musculoskeletal system played a key role in health & disease. He was ahead of his time as he emphasized the importance of "wellness" and preventive medicine by treating "the whole body," not the disease process.
The body has the innate ability to heal itself if given the optimal environment. Osteopathic Medicine is founded on the philosophy that everything in our bodies is interconnected. When one area is dysfunctional, it can affect the rest of the body.
By correcting the problems, which we call "dysfunctions," through the use of manual medicine (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), we are able to provide the optimal environment for the body to adapt and heal itself.
4 Tenets of Osteopathy:
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.
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What is a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)?
In the US (& many other countries now), we are fully-licensed physicians who prescribe medications and specialize in any branch of medicine, including Surgery. Like our MD colleagues, we undergo the same medical training (and even attend the same residencies! For reference, I graduate from an allopathic (MD) PM&R residency program with MD and DO colleagues).
What makes us unique is we learn an extra 200+ hours of in-depth anatomy and techniques, which allows us to diagnose, treat, and prevent pain & injuries, especially in the musculoskeletal system, purely with our hands.
Our medical training takes a different approach, compared to our MD colleagues, as it is founded on the philosophy that the mind, body, & spirit are interconnected.
We treat structural and tissue abnormalities, relieve joint restriction and misalignment, restore muscle and tissue balance, and promote the overall movement of blood flow and lymph drainage throughout the body.
OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE MEDICINE (OMM)
The holistic, whole-person, hands-on approach to pain and injury prevention
WHO PRACTICES IT?
In the US, only DOs (physicians who graduate from Osteopathic Medical Schools) are qualified to perform OMM. The Osteopathic philosophy and techniques that we use to treat our patients are distinct from that of chiropractors, massage therapists, and those providing manual therapy, particularly because we are trained as physicians first. However, only a very small percentage of DOs actually practice OMM on a daily basis.
WHO IS IT FOR?
We treat people of all ages, from newborns to pregnant women to athletes to the elderly.
We offer a drug-free way to alleviate & prevent pain, promote healing, and increase overall function.
We typically treat musculoskeletal complaints, such as low back pain or SIJ pain, but we also treat other health problems which commonly occur in pregnancy and extend into the post-partum period, such as pubic symphysis and pelvic floor dysfunctions, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, menstrual pain, heartburn, indigestion, leg swelling (with increased blood volume in pregnancy), sinus disorders, and many other causes of acute to chronic pain.
In newborns, we commonly treat plagiocephaly ("flat head"), suckling/latching issues when breastfeeding, indigestion, colic, and recurrent ear infections (otitis media).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
A DO utilizes different techniques, including myofascial and cranio-sacral, to mobilize muscles, joints, and lymphatic system with gentle pressure and variable resistance.
It can help alleviate and prevent pain and injuries. The best part is it is a drug-free treatment option that complements traditional Western Medicine. As you can imagine, this comes in quite handy in the prenatal and postpartum population! In certain cases, it can even replace drugs or surgery.