The Osteopathic Difference:  Treatment
Osteopathic physicians may choose to specialize in any recognized area of
medicine, from pediatrics to neurosurgery.  Dr. Howard is board certified in
Osteopathic Family Practice and board certified as a specialist in Osteopathic
Manipulative Medicine.  OMM is a highly successful, hands-on, non-invasive
diagnostic tool and treatment procedure.

The use of Osteopathic manipulation is based upon your Osteopath's knowledge
of medicine.   First, your D.O. will perform a history and physical exam, and based
upon those findings, she will decide if any further testing is  appropriate.  Based
upon the physical and diagnostic findings, your doctor may decide to utilize
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.   While OMM is commonly associated with
musculoskeletal problems, such as neck and back pain, this method can also be
used to treat other illnesses such as birth trauma, asthma, sinusitis, migraines,
menstrual pain, ADHD and autism.  

The Osteopathic Approach to treating many diseases includes medication and/or
surgical intervention plus OMM. Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine can aid in the
treatment of disease by improving the body's ability to respond to the illness by
enhancing the blood flow to and from an area, as well as stimulate the immune
system to help fight disease.

By combining all available medical technologies and procedures with OMM, Dr.
Howard offers you a comprehensive and integrated medical treatment.  Your first
visit will include a consultation as well as treatment.

Treatment is aimed at the structural problems present, not the disease entity. By
removing the obstructions to good health, Osteopathic physicians are able to treat
virtually any illness or trauma. Their philosophy views the body as a unit whose
parts integrally affect each other; therefore, dysfunction in one area affects other
areas as well.

Some common illnesses treated with Osteopathy:

Pediatric Problems
Colic, Plagiocephaly, ADD, Down Syndrome, Spitting Up, ADHD, Sucking Difficulty,
Delayed Development, Birth Trauma, Cerebral Palsy, Hip Dysplasia and Learning

Pregnancy Problems
Back Pain, Groin Pain, Digestive Upset, and Edema

Somatic Pain
Neck Problems, Back Problems, Sciatica, Headaches, Migraines, Joint Pain
Syndromes, Hip and Leg Pain, Traumatic Injuries, and Overuse Syndromes

Respiratory Ailments
Asthma, Allergies, Bronchitis, Pleurisy

Systemic Problems
Neurologic Syndromes, Insomnia and Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression, Digestive
Disorders, Genitourinary Problems, Chronic Infectious Disease, Head Trauma,
Post Concussion Syndrome, and Seizures

Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Chronic Ear Infection, Recurrent Sore Throat, Frequent Colds, Sinusitis

Malocculsions, TMJ, and Orthodontic related problems

Strabismus, Visual Somatic Dysfunction, Visual Strains, Phorias and Binocularity
Healthy Links
What Happens During a Visit

During treatment you will remain clothed, so please dress comfortably.

Your visit will begin like most doctors' appointments, with a thorough interview
covering your medical and surgical histories, allergies, medications used, family
history, social history (diet, nutrition, rest, exercise, and occupation), travel
history, and other pertinent information.

Next, a physical examination is performed on the head, heart, lungs, abdomen,
pelvis, and extremities.

A palpatory examination (applying a light-to-medium touch) is done to check for
abnormalities and helps to diagnose illness or injury. The findings of the
examination are used during treatment to gently encourage your body to return
to optimal health.

Our goal is to help you achieve health from within (with as little external
assistance as possible). Initial examinations may seem more thorough than
follow-up evaluations, but all key systems are re-evaluated during each visit,
but this process takes less time after Dr. Howard is familiar with the patient.

Results vary from patient to patient. For many, a progressive clearing and
alleviation of the initial health complaint occurs.

Side effects of the treatment may involve deep relaxation, a feeling of
whole-being balance, alleviation or improvement of symptoms, a surge of energy,
and shorter recovery times than with traditional medical treatments.
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