What do a 5000 year-old Asian healing tradition and a 150 year-old American healing tradition have in common? The answer is: surprisingly, quite a bit.
Both Osteopathy and Acupuncture attempt to influence the body’s innate healing forces.
They both recognize that any healing that takes place must occur because the body is healing itself. All the ministrations of the physician, then, are merely assistants to the healing forces already at work in the body.
They both recognize that disease anywhere in the body is a sign of imbalance in the whole body that must be addressed as a whole.
Both traditions recognize that the truly great physicians are those that prevent disease, the good physicians treat disease in its earliest manifestations, and the poorest of physicians will treat disease only when it has fully manifested.
Both traditions seek to regain balance in the whole person, and thus to maximize the body’s innate health.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) can help to remove joint restriction, restore proper bony alignment, balance muscle tension, relieve fascial strain, reduce restrictions to blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and help to maximize organ function. In addition, OMM may be used to improve a patient’s overall health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture can be utilized to balance patient’s over-all energetic health. It may be used to balance a local energy disturbance (often manifesting as pain). It may be used to improve a specific organ’s function, or to improve an entire organ-system’s function. In addition, modern techniques can be used to address specific myofascial strains.
Thus, we see that these two seemingly unrelated healing traditions may complement and reinforce one another. So, they each may be used separately or together to assist patients to reach their maximal wellness potential.
At OIM, our physicians draw on the traditions of Acupuncture, Osteopathy, and modern Medicine to give a truly integrated approach to health and wellness.