Board Certified, New York City Based, Osteopath Specializing in Spine, Pain and Sports Medicine
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a holistic form of medicine that is effectively used with most other types of allopathic care. One of the main differences between osteopathic medicine and conventional medicine is the focus on prevention. An osteopathic physician effectively diagnoses and treats many types of diseases, both chronic and acute, but the priority is to maintain a level of health and wellness that helps the body avoid disease and illness. With osteopathic medicine, the practitioner views the person as a whole and strives to involve them in the process to the fullest possible extent. Osteopathic doctors believe that the patient should play an active role in their health care.
What Are The Benefits Of A Holistic Approach?
The benefits of a holistic approach to health care involve treating the patient as a whole instead of a set of organs and bone. The patient is encouraged to play an active role in all of the health care decisions made about their body and any health conditions they may have. With osteopathic medicine, the doctor uses the body to tell them where the major issues are and will then use other tools to complete the diagnosis. Unlike modern medicine that often focuses on the symptoms, the holistic approach used in osteopathic medicine centers around maintaining wellness and good health on all levels.
What Does Osteopathic Medicine Treat?
At Network Spine we use the principles of osteopathy as a philosophy towards treatment that includes traditional aspects medicine as well as osteopathic manipulative treatment.
OMT or osteopathic manipulative treatment emphasizes manual treatments such as myofascial release and other physical manipulation of the body tissue to enhance and restore health. At Network Spine, osteopathic manipulation may be used to treat conditions such as:
How To Prepare For Osteopathic Manipulation
For every patient, we spend a large amount of time understanding your entire medical history and perform a thorough physical examination. This not only helps to identify the pain but it provides a functional limitation, i.e. how far you can turn your head or raise your arm. This provides a baseline that you may experience improvements in immediately. You will want to wear loose comfortable clothes for full mobility.
What To Expect During Osteopathic Manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulation involves palpating areas of the body to determine what is happening within the body. During a manipulation session, Dr. Magyar will “feel his way” around an area to determine if the tissues are soft, hard, weak, or strong. He will physically manipulate a joint to determine if there’s any type of weakness or restriction that is preventing the joint from functioning as it should. It’s important to use these methods to understand exactly what is happening within the body. Dr. Magyar can physically feel the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones as they work, helping him to identify possible causes for a patient’s pain or discomfort. This hands-on technique gives Dr. Magyar vital information patients can’t obtain from other types of diagnostic tests.
Osteopathic Manipulation Follow Up
During the manipulation process, you want to ensure to stay hydrated. You may feel sore after your appointment and if rib raising technique was used a fever spike may occur overnight. If the injury or pain is reoccurring make sure to reschedule an appointment with Dr. Magyar.
Cost of Osteopathic Manipulation
Depending on insurance coverage this may be covered by your plan. We are committed to providing extraordinary care that is still affordable. Payments from most insurance plans are accepted as a non-par provider (i.e. we accept out of network benefits). If health insurance coverage is not accepted or with high deductible plans, alternative payment arrangements can be made depending on the specific circumstances.