Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

In treating chronic pain, there is an important role for invasive measures, such as epidural steroid injections, the surgical implantation of dorsal-column stimulators and other surgical options. But there is also a multitude of effective, non-invasive manual treatment options available to patients, with far fewer side effects and risks.

At the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, we employ osteopathic manipulative medicine, physical therapy, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy, and Reiki. These manual and energetic approaches help patients cut back on medication and avoid unnecessary surgeries. When incorporated into an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan your healing is likely to be much faster and more complete.

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Osteopathic manipulation is a non-invasive method used to treat patients suffering from acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and knee pain. Osteopathic manipulation can also be useful in treating neurologic and respiratory conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, asthma, sinus disorders, and middle-ear infections.

The musculoskeletal system (muscle tissue and bone) serves to protect our vital organs and to provide the mechanics for locomotion (its discrete function), but it simultaneously interacts with, responds to, and supports the body’s other complex organ systems (its “interactive” functions). In other words, the body’s bones and muscles literally form an integrated, interactive framework that supports the proper functioning of all of the body’s organs. For maximum wellness, you need a healthy musculoskeletal framework so that all your other systems (for example, the circulatory, neurological and hormonal systems) can function optimally. The reverse is also true. Under the osteopathic model, illness and pain indicate that the musculoskeletal system is out of balance, and recovery from disease depends upon restoring the functioning of this system. In sum, optimal functioning of the musculoskeletal system is essential to resolving disease and maintaining good health.

All of the Center’s physicians are trained in a variety of manual medicine techniques, such as muscle energy, craniosacral, fascial-release (including the “Jones Technique”), and active manipulation techniques.

For more information about how the Kaplan Center physicians diagnose musculoskeletal problems please click here.