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What is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine?

Dr. Lynne Chadfield, DO

Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

All Osteopathic Physicians are taught Osteopathic Manipulation during their training in Medical School.  Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine is further training of Osteopathic Manipulation that includes additional techniques, and a broadened experience for treating many types of muscular and  skeletal problems.  Manipulation techniques used are very gentle.  Patients are often able to reduce the amount of pain medications they need or no longer need pain medication.  Problems commonly treated are (not limited to):

  • Back pain, acute, chronic and with pregnancy
  • Neck pain, stiff neck
  • Rib pain
  • TMJ (jaw pain, clicking, limited ability to open mouth)
  • Post surgical scar pain
  • Short leg syndrome causing back pain
  • Newborn feeding dysfunction and cranial molding
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Manipulation is open to men, women, children, and newborns

How is Osteopathic Manipulation different then Chiropractic?  Both use manipulation.

Dr. Chadfield's training is as a conventional doctor as well as manipulation.  Osteopathic physicians use different techniques for manipulations that most patients feel are gentle.  Chiropractor's treatments are focused on the spine.  Osteopaths treat the entire body.  A wider range of treatment options can be considered with Osteopathic medicine, including prescription medications, surgery, physical therapy, nutrition, topical compounded medications, massage and more.

Do you treat back pain?

Yes, Dr. Chadfield uses a combination of patient education, stretching, manipulation, and core muscle strengthening that is very effective.  She avoids pain medications because they do not treat the problem.  She utilizes a very capable group of therapists, pain management specialists and surgeons if further treatment is required.

How do manipulations help newborns?

Cranial molding can lead to feeding dysfunction, facial asymmetry, colic (and more).  Gentle techniques encourage the tissues to release to better alignment.  Pressures are very mild and seem to feel like massages to the newborn.  The manipulation has no risk and the results are wonderful.