Osteopathic Manual Medicine
Osteopaths believe that a patient's history of illnesses and physical traumas are written into the body's structure. Through their highly developed sense of touch, osteopaths feel the patient's "living anatomy" (i.e. flow of fluids, motion of tissues, and structural make-up). The osteopath's job is to "set" the body up to heal itself by correcting body mechanics. To restore this normal function, the osteopath gently applies forces precisely to promote movement of the bodily fluids and improve the motion of the tissues, bones and joints.
After a thorough evaluation, the areas being treated will be gently repositioned into proper alignment to assist your body's ability to regain normal function. Treatment is aimed at the structural problems present, not the disease entity. By removing any obstructions to health, osteopathic physicians are able to treat illness and trauma. Many patients report a feeling of relaxation or tingling during an osteopathic treatment.
Dr Schneider and Dr Wissink are each medical doctors who have additional training in osteopathic principles and treatment. Ralph Thieme, DO,LAc is an osteopathic physician who also provides supervision and precepting for our Integrative Family Medicine Fellows. Initial visits in our offices are generally 60 minutes. Follow-up visits will be scheduled for 20-30 minutes at an appropriate interval. Please call the Portland Family Medicine Center at 874-2466 or the Falmouth Family Medicine Center at 781-1500 to schedule an appointment.
We are also often able to help our patients find excellent osteopathic physicians closer to their homes.
These visits are generally covered by most insurance plans with referral from your primary care practitioner. For more information about coverage, call your individual health insurance carrier.