Osteopathic medicine was created by the physician Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century to address health needs that were not being satisfactorily improved by the methods at the time. While it has evolved over the years to incorporate more pharmacology and surgical intervention, the practice of treating patients with hands on care makes it distinctive. The osteopathic profession is trained to address all aspects of a patient’s life as a means to improving his/her health: body, mind and spirit.
Osteopathic physicians believe that there is an interrelationship between structure and function and that this is the foundation for treatment. The goal of treatment is facilitate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. Osteopathic physicians serve to engage that process by using a variety of techniques which help to restore a more balanced structure. In this office, Dr. Reeh primarily uses techniques associated with cranial osteopathy, myofascial release and biodynamics.
Osteopathic manual medicine can be used to aid a multitude of conditions, ranging from musculoskeletal diagnoses like ankle sprains and back pain to visceral diagnoses like headache, irritable bowel and heartburn. Treatments can help to reduce the medication use by the patient or even make medication unnecessary. Patients of any age can benefit from treatment, ranging from newborns suffering from colic, reflux or poor feeding to geriatric patients with osteoarthritis.