Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

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Tanana Valley Clinic is proud to offer Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Our osteopathic physicians practice a “whole person” approach and encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health.

They specialize in the treatment of back pain, musculoskeletal injuries, sports related injuries, and helping mothers-to-be with discomfort during pregnancies.

OMM can be used in the recovery and prevention of sports injuries, and can enhance performance in athletes. Soft tissue manipulation offers a variety of treatment for acute injuries and chronic issues.

More of What We Do

Pregnancy OMM

OMM treatments can be specifically used in the treatment of back pain and pelvic pain some experience during pregnancy, improving quality of life by gently eliminating the musculoskeletal pain and maintaining proper structure. Treatments may even reduce the duration of labor and prevent complications.

In pregnancy, one of the reasons that women experience pain is related to the postural changes that occur as the growing belly changes the mother’s center of gravity. Although this is a normal part of pregnancy, OMM treatments can loosen up any tight areas that are exacerbating the postural changes, and show you some stretches that can be of tremendous help.

During pregnancy, the body also holds on to more water than normal, which can lead to swelling in the limbs. This can be enough to put extra pressure on the median nerve in the wrist, causing carpal tunnel syndrome. OMM can help by relieving the tension in key spots where fluid tends to get blocked up.

Newborn OMM

Newborn OMM can benefit baby by treating nursing and latch problems. Treatments can also be specifically and gently used in the treatment of abnormal head shapes caused during the birthing process.

The birth process has the natural potential to cause structural changes in your baby’s musculoskeletal system. The baby’s head and body have to pass through a small, tight space which can possibly cause overlap of bones and some compression of the nerves and blood vessels. This may be more obvious in particularly large babies, if you had to push for a very long or short time, or if a vacuum extractor or forceps were used during labor. A C-section baby may also have these problems specifically because they didn’t get the benefits of the pressure of the birthing canal, which can help the baby take better firsts breaths or relieve any asymmetry that has occurred from its position in the uterus.

The gentle pressures and motions used by the doctor during the baby’s treatment will help to restore the symmetry of the head and improve the blood flow and nervous function. Your baby may be able to nurse more effectively, and treatment may help prevent colic and recurrent ear infections.

Auricular Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of Chinese Medicine used for over 3,000 years. More recently auricular (ear) acupuncture has emerged as a valuable treatment when used in western medicine. The Langevin Auricular Acupuncture method is a rapid, drug-free approach to pain, anxiety, PTSD and more.

The ear contains many points that when treated with very small needles, stimulate different nerves. From a western medical standpoint, stimulating nerves in the ear may promote a chemical response in the brain and release natural pain-reducing hormones, such as endorphins. 

Your doctor will find specific active points to treat a variety of conditions. This can be used for pain (headaches to musculoskeletal problems), anxiety, motion sickness and more. Many patients will experience a substantial decrease in their symptoms. Auricular acupuncture is typically side-effect free and promotes relaxation.  

Most commonly, auricular acupuncture involves inserting 3 to 9 sterile needles into specific points in one or both ears. The procedure takes a matter of seconds and is tolerated well by most patients. The needles resemble small gold dots on the external surface of your ear.  It can work on it’s own or in conjunction with medication and Osteopathic Manipulation.

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1405 Kellum Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Suites 101 & 301

Reception
(907) 458-2619

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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