Osteopathic Medicine | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Osteopathic Medicine

Partner with a doctor of osteopathic medicine to improve your overall health and well-being—so you can be healthy in mind, body and spirt.

What’s Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine stresses the ways all parts of your body work together to heal.   Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) take a whole-person approach to care. They look at not only your symptoms, but also how your lifestyle and the world around you affect your health and well-being.  Osteopathic physicians (DO) of all specialties take the same courses in medical school as MD physicians, complete the same residency training, are fully licensed and board certified in all 50 states.

Approach to Care

Expect your osteopath to focus not just on relieving symptoms, but on prevention and healing. Your doctor may recommend a wide range of techniques to help you feel your best, from prescription medications and surgery to a hands-on technique called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Osteopathic manipulative treatment is a hands-on technique.  OMT utilizes passive thrusting techniques, but also includes a variety of non-thrusting methods designed to affect muscles and soft tissues.  OMT also optimizes blood circulation to maintain and restore health while other forms of manipulation tend to focus more on spinal misalignment interfering with nerve transmission. During OMT, your doctor will move your joints and muscles through stretching and light pressure and resistance.

When is OMT Used?

Your doctor may use OMT to help:

  • Diagnose a condition
  • Treat a condition
  • Prevent injury or disease

Conditions Treated by OMT

You may benefit from OMT if you experience:

  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sinus infection

How OMT Helps

OMT may relieve your symptoms because it can help:

  • Increase range of motion and mobility
  • Improve blood flow
  • Promote your body’s natural healing
  • Realign joints
  • Reduce pain