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Treatment

After a thorough physical examination and history, Dr. McPeek will have you lie down on the treatment table. Then she uses gentle hands on approach to further evaluate and give you a treatment. D.O’s treat dysfunction by augmenting the body’s natural ability to move toward a state of health.

Cranial Osteopaths primarily concentrate on the body’s “mechanism.” In clinical terms, the five components of the respiratory mechanism, as pioneered by William Sutherland D.O., are:

  • Subtle expansion and contraction of the brain’s hemispheres and spinal cord
  • Fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the central nervous system
  • Motion of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord
  • Motion inherent to the cranial bones and sutures
  • Motion of the sacrum (tailbone)

Treatment using Osteopathy in the Cranial Field involves a gentle hands-on approach to free the areas of the body in which motion has become restricted. Your physician may make contact with areas of your body that you do not associate with your injury or pain, including your feet, your tailbone or your head. As osteopaths, we recognize that the body needs to be assessed and treated as a whole because of fluid and tissue continuity. During the treatments, patients may sense a deep state of relaxation (sometimes resulting in sleep), a wide range of other feelings and sensations, or they may feel nothing at all. The patient’s perceptions during treatment do not necessarily equate with treatment response.

On occasion, different techniques or modalities may be used, based on what the osteopath feels is most appropriate for you at that time. These may include gentle soft tissue techniques, such as counterstrain or myofascial release. All modalities are performed with very little force. Whatever techniques are used, the principles upon which the treatment is based do not change. We are still looking for the health within our patients and are working to support the innate capacity for healing within them. Therefore, we will always discuss what we are going to do with you before we apply any new modality of treatment and we will apply it with respect for your comfort and for the needs of your system. There are rarely, if ever, contraindications to the use of Osteopathic treatment, even though there may be a particular technique that might not be appropriate for an individual patient based upon their condition or their preferences.

What To Wear For Your Treatment

Patients are treated fully clothed, except for shoes. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, or bring some with you, when possible. For women, pants are preferred. Please refrain from perfumes and strong fragrances, as some of our patients are chemically sensitive. It helps to be as relaxed as possible before your treatment, so please refrain from consuming stimulants such as coffee and nicotine right before your treatment.

What To Expect After Your Treatment

Typically, patients feel very relaxed and peaceful after a treatment. Occasionally patients experience one or two days of feeling tired or mildly sore. This is normal and can indicate that the treatment process is continuing and that the injury pattern or dysfunction is starting to heal. The time it takes one to heal is dependent on many factors, but in general, the more chronic the issue, the longer it may take. We would usually expect to see some signs of improvement within the first 4 to 5 treatments.

What To Do After Your Treatment

Because Osteopathic treatment alters the dynamics of tensions held by the tissues and fluids, we recommend that patients “take it easy” for the first two to three days after each treatment. In other words, get adequate rest, limit or eliminate high impact or intense work-outs, avoid excessive alcohol or caffeine, and keep well hydrated with water. Your osteopath may give you other recommendations that are specific for you.

Osteopathic Care As Part Of A Complete Treatment Program

Your osteopathic physician will collaborate with other members of your health care team (other physicians, as well as physical therapists, acupuncturists, counselors, etc.) as needed. Your osteopath may also recommend any of a variety of other complementary healthcare modalities, such as dietary changes, nutritional supplements, homeopathy or therapeutic exercises, as part of your overall treatment plan.

It is also preferable, although not absolutely necessary, to schedule other types of constitutional treatments, such as massage, acupuncture, PT, OT,and homeopathy, more than 72 hours before or after Osteopathic treatments. The reason for this recommendation is that the normal healing process takes about 72 hours to fully mature, so this timing allows your system adequate time to fully respond to each treatment before the next is introduced. But please do not let this become another source of stress in your life.

I can honestly say my pain has gone and I am able to do many things I couldn’t do before I started treatments with her… I sincerely am grateful to Dr. Jenni and would recommend her to anyone that has suffered with back pain or disorders.”


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