How Integrative Medicine Helps You Achieve Optimum Health
As we age and become ill, disorder enters our normally integrated processes, interrupting normal rhythms and flows. Holonomic Medicine focuses on identifying the factors and stressors that are impacting the system, finding ways to reverse the dysfunction, and thereby restore the system to optimal health. Integrative Medicine intervenes and reverses disorders by identifying where problems originate in the system and through understanding how the body “expresses” a disease in the tissue. This basic strategy allows integrative medicine advantages over “regular” medical care. Sometimes such approaches, because they are more comprehensive, help patients that have failed with other approaches
Osteopathy emphasizes understanding of the body as an engineer would understand complex machinery. Osteopaths are taught to take into account biomechanics, gravitational stress, the inter-relationships of the parts of the nervous system that control position, movement, motor systems, and areas that control the internal organs and autonomic nervous system. Hence, osteopathic medicine offers additional strategies to understand health, tendency to disease, injury, and avoidance of medication that most MD’s simply do not know about.
An Osteopath is educated in palpation and structural analysis, similar to that taught to chiropractors, but more medically complete. Osteopaths must know traditional medicine, pharmacology, surgery, and hospital based medicine, but also are expected to achieve some mastery of all recognized techniques of OMT and to be able to integrate them into medical care. Osteopaths can use medication as necessary, and weigh that use of medication with how the patient's body is accepting and responding to it.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) utilizes a variety of manipulation techniques designed to reverse the physiologic disturbances and changes so the body can work properly again. In Osteopathic Medicine, the natural state is health, and OMT seeks to help the tissue return to it.
Examinations begin with an assessment of posture, spine and balance, then manual palpation on the back and extremities. The physician will then check your joints for restricted or distorted motions. Tissue distortions often are causes of pain or symptoms that the patient feels in their body.
Using OMT, the DO will then apply manipulation to the affected areas to treat structural abnormalities and re-balance tissues. Based upon the complexity or severity of the problem, treatment of a condition may require more than one or several treatments.
How our bodies distort as we age involves structural changes and compensations that gradually limit our choices and eventually compromise our health. Osteopathic treatment and learning about our bodies can make us live longer, healthier, more productive lives. It’s all about choice. Find out more on Holonomics and medicine>>