“Osteopathy is a science with possibilities as great as the magnitude of the heavens. It is a science dealing with the natural forces of the body. We work as osteopaths with the traditional principle in mind that the tendency in the patient’s body is always toward the normal. There is much to discover in the science of osteopathy by working with the forces within that manifest the healing processes. These forces within the patient are greater than any blind force that can safely be brought to bear from without.”
– William Garner Sutherland, D.O.
Dr. Zina Pelkey practices traditional osteopathic medicine and is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine / Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and has been awarded Proficiency Recognition by the Osteopathic Cranial Academy. She has practiced Osteopathy for more than 20 years.
Osteopathic medicine is a complete system of medical care. Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed and treat the whole person, not just the systems. Osteopathy emphasizes the interrelationships of structure, function, and the inherent wisdom of the body to heal itself.
Dr. Pelkey sees patients of all ages, from babies to older adults. Most commonly people come in with complaints of pain, such as headaches (including migraines and jaw issues), neck and back pain, as well as problems in the arms and legs such as carpal tunnel syndrome, knee and hip pain, etc. These problems can be chronic or related to sports injuries, car accidents and other traumas. Osteopathic care can help all medical concerns and lead to overall wellness. It is useful for respiratory concerns like asthma, circulation, digestion (such as heartburn), sleep and chronic issues like fatigue and rheumatologic conditions. Osteopathy is gentle enough for babies, particularly useful after difficult births, and for pregnant and nursing women who wish to avoid medications as well as older adults who prefer body treatment without strong forces. As Osteopathy involves a truly holistic approach, it supports the body’s ability to self-regulate by restoring its normal structure and function. Therefore, Osteopathic Manipulation can be helpful in a wide range of health issues.
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