Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to health maintenance. We treat with manipulation to assist the inherent forces of the body, allowing normal structure and function to be maintained. Treatment is aimed at the structural problems present, not the disease entity. By removing the obstructions to health, Osteopathic physicians are able to treat virtually any illness or trauma. Their philosophy is the body is a unit whose parts integrally affect each other. Therefore, dysfunction in one area affects other areas as well.

DOs tend to think more holistically, looking for the relationships between medical problems and the many factors that influence a person’s health. Osteopathic physicians are trained to look for the relationship between the structure (bones, muscles, connective tissues, fluids. . . ) of the body and its function. Appreciating the fact that each person is a unique individual, DOs are less focused than MDs on labeling a patient with a diagnosis and try to offer each patient a treatment plan that meets their individual needs.

What Does Osteopathy Treat?

Systemic Problems

Neurologic Syndromes: Meniere’s, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Strabismus, Palsies, and Neuritis

Digestive Disorders: reflux, irritable bowel, and constipation

Respiratory Illness: Asthma, Allergies, Sinusitis, Bronchitis

Genito-Urinary Problems

Fibromyalgia

Lymphedema

Musculoskeletal Pain

Back Pain, Sciatica & Disc Disease

Neck Pain

Headaches, Migraines and TMJ pain

Joint Pain Syndromes

Traumatic and Sports Injury

Scoliosis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pregnancy

Back and Groin Pain

Digestive Upset

Constipation

Edema

Pediatric Problems:

We make every effort to see infants as soon after birth as possible.

Dr. Pelkey has a special interest in infants and children. The first day is the most important day of life. The first year is the most important year and the first five years are considered to be the formative years. Whatever occurs during this period will have an effect on the rest of that individual’s life. Problems may arise during pregnancy, at birth, or due to trauma or inflammatory diseases of childhood. With all of life before him/her, those first hours, days or years may decide whether life for that child and those touched by it will be a joy or a burden. Osteopaths are trained to recognize the significant but subtle effects of birth trauma that may predispose the child to chronic or recurrent illnesses or developmental delay. Osteopathic treatment can make a difference in such diverse disorders as:

Feeding and Digestive problems:

  • Colic, GERD, Constipation

Spitting Up

Sucking / Feeding Difficulty

Developmental Delay

Birth Trauma

Cerebral Palsy

Ear, Nose & Throat and Respiratory Problems

Seizures

Torticollis and Orthopedic problems

Neurodevelopmental and Sensory Processing Issues

Attention Deficit and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Non-surgical structural abnormalities, or injuries to the arms, legs or spine.