Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Osteopathic manipulative medicine, OMM, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. It is a medication free method for pain relief and health promotion. With OMM, Dr. Tonya Cremin applies a very gentle and calming touch to subtly realign the bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues to encourage the body’s natural healing response. Patients describe the treatments as similar to a gentle massage and find them relaxing.
Who Can Benefit?
OMM is very gentle and can help people of all ages and health conditions, including newborns, children, and the elderly. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMM is often used to treat muscle or joint pain, but it can also help patients with a number of other conditions such as:
- Sinus disorders, like sinusitis or chronic sinus infections
- Latch problems in nursing babies
- Recurrent ear infections
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstrual pain
- Chronic low back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Rheumatologic conditions
When appropriate, OMM can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMM brings an important dimension to standard medical care. It is very safe and can be used in cancer patients, osteoporosis and in the post-operative setting to help improve and speed healing and reduce pain.
What Can I Expect During a Treatment?
Osteopathic physicians (DOs or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) treat the body as a whole, diagnosing and treating symptoms by seeking out the root cause of symptoms. After diagnosis, Dr Cremin will use gentle manipulation and healing touch, in addition to conventional medical treatments, to correct bone, joint, soft tissue, and muscle misalignments and help your body heal itself.