Philosophy of care:
All of my medical training has been based on a philosophy described in
"The Four Tenets of Osteopathic Medicine"
1. The body is a unit and the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
A change in any body structure will change the function of that structure.
4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
In my practice of Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT), I continuously find that the body is a profoundly integrated unit where everything is connected and affected by every other part. I often find that the cause of a problem is located in a different part of the body from the pain or other symptom, and unless the problem is corrected, the symptoms will persist. One example of this would be when a problem in the ankle causes strain on the knee and low back and tension possibly extending all the way to the upper back and neck. This could lead to tension headaches, neck pain, low back pain, hip pain, or knee pain. Treating the painful areas without treating the cause of pain may bring temporary relief but as long as the problem remains, the symptoms will usually return.
I have found it to be most effective when I gently engage with the natural properties of the body tissues rather than forcing the bones into "alignment". This allows the body structures to return to their natural positions in a more stable state of balance and often resolves the symptoms completely. My examination and treatments include the bones and muscles as well as all of the deeper tissues surrounding the organs in the abdomen and chest in order to discover the real cause and achieve longer lasting relief.