What should I expect during an office visit?

At the initial office visit, Dr. Bates will take a thorough medical history and perform a structural exam to evaluate the current status of your musculoskeletal system.  She will review with you any questions you might have, and begin OMM treatment at that first visit.

How often should I receive an OMM treatment?

This depends to a large extent on individual circumstances. In a young and otherwise healthy person who has recently developed a problem, symptoms will sometimes resolve after one treatment.  In most cases, however, more than one treatment is needed.  The human body has a remarkable ability to compensate for pain by shifting its structure in response to an injury. When this happens, we no longer feel pain and we think we have recovered, when in fact, we have simply adapted to our injury. Over a lifetime of minor, or sometimes serious injuries, our bodies accrue layer upon layer of adaptations that can require several treatments to undo. Ideally a treatment is given every two weeks at first, then appointments can be spread out as symptoms begin to resolve. The ultimate goal is to achieve a state of well being that can be maintained by having a treatment every few months to prevent the accumulation of new compensations. It is also prudent to be treated after a fall or after traveling by plane or by car.

Who is a candidate for OMM?

 Virtually everyone can benefit from osteopathic treatment. The style of OMM performed by Dr. Bates, is extremely gentle. Not all osteopaths use the same methods of treatment, so if you have been treated by another D.O. in the past, it is important to realize that your experience at Intrinsic Health may be somewhat different from treatments you have had elsewhere. Young people participating in sports, ballet or other physical activities are prime candidates for treatment. They respond quickly and can avoid problems later in life by taking care of compensations in response to the stresses of their sport or activity before they have an opportunity to accumulate. Just about any musculoskeletal problem, such as plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and TMJ lend themselves well to osteopathic treatment. People with fibromyalgia can also benefit over time, as can those suffering from headaches and digestive issues.

What should I wear to  an OMM appointment?

It is best to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, but not blue jeans.  Slacks or sweat pants are easier to work with than skirts. Avoid skin oils and lotions. Minimize jewelry (for example, earrings) and hair clips.

What should I expect after  an OMM appointment?

Many patients experience some soreness or increased discomfort for two or three days after a treatment.  This is especially true after the first treatment.  It is OK to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen and use heat judiciously until the discomfort subsides. Drinking plenty of water may help minimize any soreness and is highly recommended. It is prudent to take it easy if at all possible for the rest of the day after a treatment.

What can I do to make my treatment last?

Try to avoid habits that can adversely affect the symmetry of your posture. For example,  avoid crossing your legs. When standing, try to distribute your weight evenly between your legs. Don’t wear a heavy purse on your shoulder. Avoid wearing high heels. If you  are overweight, try to lose a few pounds to help reduce stress on your joints.

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