Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM)
Osteopathy is an approach to healing that uses subtle and gross manipulations to address structural conditions commonly experienced as pain, weakness or organ malfunction. This approach aims to identify health rather than disease in order to augment the body’s own healing mechanisms. This process can help distribute fluids and free forces, realign structures and ultimately promote cooperation and harmony inside the body. Because its intention is to treat the underlying cause, osteopathy relieves both immediate symptoms and prevents long-term detrimental effects.
The biodynamic view of osteopathy, developed by James Jealous, DO, uses a gentle cranial sacral therapy and is based on principles of embryology, growth and development. This insight has opened the door for osteopaths to more easily recognize and cooperate with the inherent forces of the body.
Osteopathic manual medicine treats a wide range of medical issues including but not limited to:
Acute and chronic athletic/orthopedic injuries
Pain issues such as neck, low back, pelvic and joint pain
Sciatic nerve pain
Migraine and tension headaches
TMJ dysfunction and malocclusion (bite alignment issues)
Pregnancy issues such as back pain, gastric reflux, pelvic pain, post-partum recovery
Newborn issues including torticollis, latch/feeding dysfunction, reflux, and colic
Chronic sinus and throat issues
Inner ear infections and eustachian tube dysfunction
Digestion issues: Acid reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Leaky Gut
Plantar Fasciitis and foot pain
Prolotherapy, Trigger Point, and Neural Therapy Injections
Prolotherapy: Designed to promote blood flow and new tissue growth at ligaments to help the body heal and strengthen injured or hyper -mobile regions. Also known as Schlerotherapy, the procedure involves the injection of a local anesthetic with a sclerosing agent typically dextrose (sugar solution). The intent of this procedure is to induce local irritation at the injection area, which, in turn, encourages new tissue growth and healing. This, then usually reduces pain in the area of treatment.
Trigger Point Injections: Injection of chronic and acute muscle spasms with local anesthetic to decrease spasticity.
Neural Therapy (NT): Aims to normalize dysfunctional autonomic innervation to acute and chronic injuries and conditions.
Neural Therapy is a gentle healing technique that was originally developed in Germany that involves the injection of local anesthetics into autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, acupuncture points, trigger points and other tissues. NT is based on the theory that trauma can produce long-lasting disturbances in the electrochemical function of the tissues. When applied adequately, NT can often instantly and lastingly resolve chronic longstanding lines and chronic pain.
Dr. Mackey has completed training in regenerative medicine including prolotherapy, trigger point injections, and neural therapy through the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy & Regenerative Medicine (AOAPRM). Additionally, she has pursued several mentorships to ensure proper technique and applications of this approach and has completed additional neural therapy training through the Klinghardt Academy. During a patient's initial appointment, Dr. Mackey can provide recommendations on the appropriate injections for your condition.
Dr. Mackey offers integrative primary care services for adults, kids, and babies. When appropriate, she prioritizes treatments such as osteopathy, homeopathy, ayurveda, and herbal remedies before allopathic medicine such as pharmaceuticals. As needed, Dr. Mackey will order labwork and can make recommendations for specialty functional medicine lab tests and therapies.
Common acute and chronic primary care issues addressed include vertigo/dizziness, acid reflux/GERD, migraine or tension headaches, gut issues (constipation, diarrhea, bloating), sore throat/ strep throat, urinary tract infection (U.T.I.), infant latch/suck or colic symptoms, plagiocephaly, and dental malocclusion.