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Osteopathic Medicine Specialist

Thirlby Clinic, PLC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Traverse City, MI

Osteopathic medicine practitioners have a unique focus on the health of the whole person, rather than symptoms or independent bodily systems. At Thirlby Clinic, PLC, in Traverse City, Michigan, this focus translates into a patient-centered primary care practice run by board-certified medical doctors who have a specialized understanding of the musculoskeletal system. They emphasize prevention as a means of achieving long-term good health. To benefit from the holistic approach that osteopathic medicine provides, call Thirlby Clinic, PLC, or schedule an appointment online today.

Osteopathic Medicine Q & A

What is osteopathic medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is just like traditional medicine. The discipline emphasizes hands-on diagnoses and focuses on health promotion and disease prevention. 

Osteopathic medicine is interested in more than just relieving your immediate symptoms. The practitioners at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, seek to understand how your lifestyle and environment impact your health and well-being.

Osteopathic medicine practitioners attend four years of medical school and are fully licensed physicians. During their training, they focus on the relationship between all systems in your body. This gives them a distinct understanding of how your body works and how all parts are affected during illness and instrumental in healing.

What type of care is included with osteopathic medicine?

The doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, use the latest science and technology to promote wellness and diagnose and treat illness. 

They also consider treatments that complement medication and surgical interventions for your condition. This includes osteopathic manipulation, a hands-on technique that diagnoses and treats pain.

Osteopathic manipulation can prevent injury and illness by putting your body into optimal alignment. The team at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, may use manipulation in conjunction with drug therapy, supplements, physical therapy, injections, and lifestyle changes to reduce your pain and maximize your body’s functioning.

What should I expect with an osteopathic medicine visit?

An osteopathic medicine visit looks very much like an appointment with a regular MD. The team at Thirlby Clinic, PLC, updates your medical history and reviews symptoms you may be having. 

Your DO will ask about your lifestyle and really talk to you to determine what may be your barriers to optimal health. They then develop a treatment plan to help you maximize good health or heal from an acute condition.

Part of your visit may include hands-on treatment that relieves misalignments and imbalances. The manipulations include:

  • Stretching sore muscles
  • Myofascial release
  • Cranial massage

Osteopathic manipulations are most effective for joint or muscle pain, headaches and migraines, poor posture, and sinus disorders.

If you’re ready to benefit from a holistic approach to healthcare, contact Thirlby Clinic, PLC, to find out more about their osteopathic medicine offerings. Schedule an appointment online or call the office today.