Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a non-invasive, hands on therapy used to diagnose and treat dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system. Your musculoskeletal system includes bones, joints, muscles, and fascia, plus the related neural, vascular and lymphatic structures. When these structures are out of alignment and proper balance, they cause chronic pain and disease. Osteopathic physicians learn a special series of manipulations, known as Osteopathy Manipulative Therapy (OMT) to detect and correct problems with your musculoskeletal system. A palpatory exam using the hands is conducted over the entire body, looking for tenderness, pain or restriction in motion. When abnormal function is detected, doctors who practice OMT use stretches, gentle pressure and resistance to realign joints and restore unimpeded function. Osteopathic medicine holds as its key philosophy the belief that our bodies are capable of self-healing and self-regulation, and that each patient must be treated as a complete being, comprised of mind, body and spirit. By assessing the full picture of your health, including factors like nutrition and stress, we can alleviate or eliminate the underlying cause of your chronic pain without drugs or surgery.
Prescription pain killers have become part of the daily routine for many Americans who suffer with chronic pain, but they often bring more problems than relief. The National Institutes of Health conducted a study that revealed that more than 50 million American adults have significant chronic or severe pain, with half of the survey respondent suffering daily pain. More than one-third of survey respondents reported that they have refused pain medication out of fear of becoming addicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in every four Americans who is prescribed an opiate pain killer in a primary care setting becomes addicted, and these drugs do nothing to alleviate the underlying cause. While many of us think of chronic pain as being a normal part of aging, a survey conducted by the American Osteopathic Association indicated that more than half of American adults between the ages of 18 and 34 experience chronic pain each year.
At Osteopathic Health Care Associates, we can help bring you real and lasting relief from chronic back pain, neck pain, sciatica, joint pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, traumatic injury, overuse syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, costochondritis, extremity pain, TMJ syndrome, migraines, tension headaches, or musculoskeletal pain in pregnancy in relatively few visits, and without dangerous drugs or invasive surgery. Dr. Shane Patterson is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician who uses OMT to provide comprehensive, personal care in a modern, comfortable setting. We understand that no two chronic pain sufferers are alike. Let us work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that will improve your sense of well-being and support your body’s ability to heal itself. Call 586.221.2791 or fill out the form in the sidebar to make an appointment today.