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A D.O.’s Hands on Approach to Alleviate Pain and to Promote Healing Through Touch

Jessica Kelner, D.O. - May 8, 2018

Have you ever noticed the 2 letters after your doctors name? Those 2 letters after your doctors name may actually say D.O. 
You may be asking yourself. What is a D.O.?
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are fully licensed physicians that practice medicine in all 50 states and in every medical specialty. Similar to M.D. (Medical Doctors), they perform surgeries, deliver babies and prescribe medications in hospitals and clinics across the country. While M.D.s and D.O.s have many things in common, Osteopathic physicians offer a distinct "whole person" approach to their care, while treating the root cause of the issue and not just the symptoms. They encourage their patients to develop attitudes and lifestyles that prevent illness before it happens! These "extra touches" embody the D.O.s philosophy of medicine
What distinguishes a D.O.? For more than 100 years, D.O.s have been utilizing the most modern advances in technology and medicine while utilizing their eyes to see the whole person, their ears to truly listen to their patients, in combination with a unique hands on approach to diagnose and treat illness.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a cornerstone to a D.O’s practice and helps balance the body’s interconnected system of muscles, nerves, and bones that leads to overall improvement of health. 
OMT is essentially a "healing touch" that may involve gentle stretching, pressure or resistance. Dr. Jessica Kelner, an osteopathic physician, uses OMT to diagnose injury and illness, alleviate pain, and promote healing through the body’s natural ability to heal itself. 
Dr. Kelner has special training in the musculoskeletal system, so she understands how a condition in one part of the body may be connected to a structural problem in another part of the body. Of course, she utilizes more traditional medical treatments when needed. Sometimes, other types of treatments are needed like regenerative medicine or surgery, but for many patients OMT is the answer.
Did you know that OMT can help treat asthma, migraines, and pelvic pain? Of course, it can also be effective for treating muscle pain, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and knee pain to name a few. If you want to learn more about OMT or schedule a consultation, please visit our website at