Osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) involves the use of manual medical treatment to restore the body’s natural functioning. OMM can relieve pain, restore function and health, and help prevent further disease and/or damage. BAO physicians combine manual treatment with the best of Western and complementary medicines. A century of osteopathic research has shown that:
How is structure involved in health and disease? The body needs the nervous and circulatory systems to work well in order for everything else to be healthy. Biomechanical distortions (called somatic dysfunction) can interfere with nerve signals and blood supply. With distorted nerve signals and inadequate blood supply, our bodies weaken, muscles hurt, and organs function poorly. This is how acute and chronic disease begins. Somatic dysfunction causes disease and injury in the body, and severely limits our ability to heal.

How does osteopathy help you stay well? Somatic dysfunctions are present in everyone and, unless treated, accumulate with time. Birth trauma, disease, surgery, injuries, dental procedures, repetitive strain and overuse all leave their cumulative effects. This distorts the body’s natural defenses; organs slowly deteriorate and chronic disease develops. Medicines cannot remove these distortions, nor will most surgery. Osteopaths can use their skills to find these dysfunctions and use OMM to gently reduce or remove their destructive influence.