2009-07-24 / Columnists

SJEH Wellness Corner

Commentary By Denise Burns, DO, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Residency Director, SJEH

St. John's Episcopal Hospital is proud to announce the establishment of an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinic and Inpatient Service.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy is a hands-on treatment where osteopathic physicians use their hands to examine your body and evaluate your organs, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. This hands-on methodology also is used to treat and prevent disease or injury, often in conjunction with medication, pain injections and other treatment modalities.

Many with different medical conditions can be helped by osteopathic manipulative therapy including carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, infections, menstrual pain, asthma, pneumonia, post-operative ileus, neck pain, edema, headaches and much more. People of all ages can benefit from osteopathic manipulative therapy.

Osteopathic manipulative therapy incorporates the manipulation of bones, joints and tissues to achieve optimal physical function and make a positive change in your health.

It can restore the body's own selfhealing properties and blood circulation. It can decrease pain and increase function. The therapy is performed after a structural examination which assesses a patient's posture, joint mobility, muscle tone, joint ligaments and tendons, gait, balance and spinal column.

Using a variety of techniques, therapeutic manual forces are applied to the body to treat its structure and functional ability.

Based upon the severity of the medical problem, more than one treatment may be necessary.

Physicians who practice osteopathic manipulative therapy are doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs). Both Dos and MDs are fully licensed physicians. They provide a full range of services from drug prescription to surgery utilizing the most up-to-date medical techniques and equipment.

Doctors of osteopathy are different in that they promote the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, look at the patient holistically, help the body to heal itself and believe that all parts of the body work together and influence one another.

They received specialized training in nerves, muscles, and bones.

At St. John's Episcopal Hospital, osteopathic manipulative therapy is provided by Dr. Denise Burns, the newly appointed Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Residency Director. She has been practicing and teaching Osteopathic Medicine in Osteopathic Medical Schools for more than 15 years. She is dually board-certified in Family Practice and Neuromuscular Medicine. She has a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from State University of New York at Old Westbury, NY, and a doctor of osteopathy degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her residency was completed at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and she has an American Osteopathic Association health policy degree.

Dr. Burns is assisted by Dr. Michele Coleman, an osteopathic manipulation medicine resident in the newly established St. John's osteopathic manipulative medicine residency program. Dr. Coleman is board certified in family practice.

To make an appointment in the Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Practice please call 718-869-7650. Most insurances are accepted.

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