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Osteopathic Medicine

Dr. Michael Quirk, DO, Uses a Holistic Approach to Health

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, take a holistic approach to good health and they believe that it means more than just the absence of pain or disease. They are fully licensed physicians practicing a unique whole-person approach in every medical specialty in all 50 states and 65 other countries. DOs look beyond a person's symptoms to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact well-being. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a civil-war medical doctor in Missouri, saw the dangers of 19th century medicine and surgery. He was one of the first people to study the attributes of good health to understand disease. He founded the first osteopathic college in 1897.

Osteopathic Medicine focuses on promoting the body’s ability to heal itself, through the unity of all body parts and the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. Although DOs take the same courses and exams as MDs, the osteopathic curriculum places an emphasis on integrative patient care. Students are taught osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) along with their other classes. Training is typically four years of medical school with students graduating as doctors. Then, it's three or more years of training to become board certified in a particular specialty.

Their training goes beyond the typical subjects that physicians are expected to master. Training in OMT helps them understand the body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. OMT helps show DOs how an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another. This enables DOs to use their hands to diagnose injury and illness and to encourage the body's natural tendency toward good health. It is used to move a patient’s muscles and joints using stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. OMT can be used to complement or even replace drugs or surgery. It can be used to promote healing and increase overall mobility and ease pain, and has been found to help patients with several other health problems including:

·      Asthma

·      Carpal tunnel syndrome

·      Sinus disorders

·      Migraines

·      Menstrual pain

·      Structural and tissue abnormalities

·      Joint restriction and misalignment

A special modality of treatment called Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) was improved in the 1930s by Dr. William Sutherland, DO. This therapy works with the small degree of motion in the craniosacral system which includes the structures of the central nervous system including the skull, the cranial sutures, the cerebrospinal fluid, membranes of the brain and vertebrae, spinal cord and sacrum. It has been found that trauma anywhere in the body may impact the craniosacral system and inhibit the pulse of the fluids. CST uses a series of gentle techniques to remove blocks and restore this subtle movement, or pulse, in the central nervous system. The gentle digital press of CST uses about 5 grams of pressure or less — about the weight of a nickel.

The benefits of CST have been shown to be effective in treating

·      Headache and migraine

·      Chronic pain conditions

·      Chronic fatigue syndrome

·      Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

·      Post-surgery pain

·      Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)

·      Hip and neck pain

·      Sinus conditions and pressure

·      Earaches

·      Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults

·      Colic in children

·      Anxiety

·      Depression

·      Hyperactivity in children

We are fortunate on Oahu to have Dr. Michael Quirk who graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in 1998. He is a highly trained and experienced physician who founded Oahu Osteopathic Clinic in 2015. He works with his patients to find the best approach for their health goals. He specializes in treating back pain, muscle pain and anxiety through a variety of treatments, including standard spinal adjustments, special techniques that support vital organs and calm the nervous system, craniosacral massage, strain-counterstrain treatments, aspects of lomilomi, relaxation therapy, and self-hypnosis. He accepts several insurance plans including Aloha, Ohana, Humana, Tricare, most Medicare or Medicaid, Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) PPO, Akamai Advantage, University of Hawaii (UHA) and Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA).

Dr. Quirk also teaches and holds workshops on Oahu. Visit FeelGoodOahu.com for the next event.

Location: Atlas Building, 1150 S. King St. # 906, Honolulu. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 808-468-2461 or visit FeelGoodOahu.com



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