Hands On Health Care; Helping Albuquerque stay healthy, happy and alive.

The human body is composed of many parts, all intimately related as a functional whole. In 1874, Andrew Taylor Still MD, (1828-1917) discovered that health can be realized only when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together in harmonious motion. He named this innovative approach to restoring health “osteopathy.”

When the organs and systems of your body are functioning well—in balance with each other—you have health. When any one goes out of balance, it can become diseased OR it can create disease by imbalancing other areas.

More than a hundred years ago, Dr. Still realized that human beings are more than just a physical body. He envisioned a totally new medical system that acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

keep your family healthy with osteopathic family medicine

We are here for one purpose: to help you achieve and maintain your health and quality of life.

Comprehensive New Patient Exam:

Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.

Because we address you, the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms, our comprehensive exam is the the starting point for our relationship with you.

We consider the complex web of interactions that are your health history, treatments you may have tried, other predispositions, and lifestyle that can lead to illness. When we work together, our “eyes of osteopathy” connect the dots between any symptoms and the underlying imbalances that cause them.

Anything can cause anything—we step back and take a good look at you—body and life.

Integrative and Holistic Medicine:

Depending on what we find, we’ll create your individualized care plan. Integrative medicine as an emerging medical specialty that incorporates:

  • caring for you as a whole person—body, mind, and spirit—to treat and prevent disease;
  • understanding your health goals and how to create health that works with your lifestyle;
  • empowering you step-by-step toward optimal health and then maintaining health for years and decades to come.

Sick and Acute Care:

When you are injured or sick we can use of the latest laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, prescribe combinations of drugs and/or botanical medicines, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification programs, or stress-management techniques. Our goal is to alleviate your pain and discomfort and get your body healing.

Functional & Lasting Health:

Today, most disease involves chronic, recurring symptoms like fatigue, diabetes, heart problems, being overweight/obesity, even cancer. We are uniquely trained to assess the underlying causes of these complex, chronic diseases and to help you apply strategies such as correcting structure, healing with proper nutrition and diet, and guided movement to both treat and prevent these health problems.

Respecting Each Client’s Individuality:

Our focus is on you—patient-centered care. And everyone is unique. We listen to you, learn your story, and then bring you into the discovery process of what needs to happen to achieve your health goals.

We tailor our treatments to address your individual needs. Both internal (mind, body, and spirit) and external (physical and social environment) factors affect total functioning.

Our integrative, science-based, patient-centered healthcare approach.

Hands On Health Care seamlessly integrates traditional Western medical practices, when needed, with what is sometimes considered “alternative” or “integrative” medicine, creating a focus on prevention through Osteopathic manipulations, Accupuncture and Biopuncture, CranioSacral treatments, natural remedies, nutrition, diet, and exercise.

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

We focus on you—we pride ourselves in economical and effective health care—we get results.


My wife and I have been with Hands On Health Care since it began. We have enjoyed access to the best of general and family practice available, in our opinion, anywhere, not just Albuquerque. Health care from Hands On stays on top of the most recent and advanced knowledge, but what truly makes the difference is the time Dr. Childers and the staff spend with each patient, listening and not rushing. Good health care is available in many places, but quality health care delivered with humanity and compassion is rare. —Fred Barnett and Camille Luedke