Osteopathic doctor aligns spinal vertebrae

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on health care using just the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.

Using OMT, your osteopathic physician (DO) will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. When appropriate, OMT can complement – and even replace – drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care.

In 1874, Andrew Taylor Still MD, (1828-1917) understood that the human body is composed of many parts, all intimately related as a functional whole. Having none of today’s medications, not even antibiotics, Dr. Still developed techniques to restore health by restoring the ability of all of the tissues and cells of the body to function together in harmonious motion. He named this innovative approach to restoring health “osteopathy.”

I have been Dr. Childer’s patient since he opened Hands-On Healthcare and even before that, a total of 20 years. He serves as my primary care doctor and regularly adjusts my neck and back to minimize any pain and maintain flexibility. I am very pleased with the care I receive, the concern for my well being, and accessibility to him and his staff. I highly recommend Hands On Health Care.

How Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT) Works

First we have to determine that you are a candidate for OMT. During our comprehensive exam, we review your medical history, injuries, symptoms, medications, allergies, etc. We also do a careful structural exam to assess your posture, balance, spine, muscles, joints and ligaments. We may also request certain diagnostic labs or films to advise your treatment plan. With the information from our comprehensive exam, we develop a collaborative treatment plan.

Every Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment consists of two parts: a brief structural exam and the osteopathic treatment. At each therapeutic visit, Dr. Childers’ extensive training in manipulative medicine allows him to detect changes in the way your body feels; the bones, muscles, ligaments, etc. Using a variety of techniques, Dr. Childers applies specific corrective measures to relieve the areas of joint restriction and tension, improving function and allowing the area to heal.

The osteopathic “adjustment” is quite gentle, however some patients experience a “clicking” sensation or sound—usually followed by a sense of relief and well-being.

Manipulation Therapy can help...

Elderly couple stretching, range of motion
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Blindness/Visual Disorders
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Colic
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Deafness
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Female Issues
  • Headache
  • Immune Function
  • Infertility
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Otitis Media
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Allignment/Cervical Curve
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
  • Visceral Disorders
  • Vertigo and Balance
  • Wellness Care
  • Whiplash


As a doctor, I didn’t think that my first experience with Platelet Rich Plasma therapy would be as personal as it turned out.  But last year, after I suffered an acute shoulder rotator cuff tear.  I didn’t have many options.  I tried ‘let it heal’ (using my basic tools and anti-inflammatory diet of course) but when my MRI showed the degree of damage (a full thickness tear of the large tendon that allows me to raise my arm-in case you want to know) I thought my only option was with an Orthopedic surgeon.

I wasn’t able to raise my arm, and the way I use it day in and day out to heal others made it worse; many activities for both work and play became virtually impossible.  Finally I (albeit grudgingly) went to my friend the orthopedic surgeon who of course suggested I have surgery sooner rather than later.  Of course this meant none of my hands on work for 3 months plus a significantly painful rehab.  I needed another option.

I decided to look for an alternative to surgery.  I had some awareness of PRP therapy and as luck would have it knew a colleague who used it in his practice.  After just 2 injections of platelets I have full range of motion and I am able to perform all of my usual work.  I can do most of my play activities without pain or restrictions.  (Still can’t do push-ups, if you call that play.)

Because of my own personal experience, I felt obligated to provide this cutting edge and extremely cost effective therapy to my patients who might benefit.  Before you sign on to expensive surgery with long recovery times, let’s talk.  I’d love to evaluate your situation, especially shoulder and knee pain or arthritis, to determine if this therapy would be appropriate for you. “

—Dr. Ed Childers