Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Tonya Cremin Integrative Medicine Primary Care Family Medicine

Osteopathic manipulative medicine and Cranial Osteopathy (OMM), are gentle hands-on care. OMM involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. It is a medication free method to help relieve chronic or acute conditions such as neck pain, back pain, sciatica, headaches, and sinus problems. It can also bring relief and healing of other conditions, such as recurrent ear infections, digestive problems, menstrual pain and much more. It is effective and safe for newborns, the elderly and even during pregnancy.

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. Techniques that Dr. Cremin frequently uses include cranial osteopathy, balanced ligamentous tension and somatoemotional release, among others.

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 health and 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:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Sinus disorders, like sinusitis or chronic sinus infections
  • Latch problems in nursing babies
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Menstrual pain
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatologic conditions
  • Pregnancy related pain

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 pregnancy, 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. During your visit, Dr. Cremin will take a comprehensive health history and develop a treatment plan with you. 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.

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