Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, a type of hands-on care involving
using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury, is
being used by two of Methodist Hospital’s Doctors of Osteopathy
(DOs)—Dr. John Lee and
Dr. Brian Maddox. Both are board-certified family medicine physicians.
Dr. Lee explained, “We complete about 200 hours of training in musculo-skeletal
techniques, used to screen patients from head to toe — the spine,
pelvis and sacrum, as well as the fascia, the thick connective tissue
covering the muscles, to look for abnormalities.”
The goal of using OMT techniques, which can include stretching, gentle
pressure and resistance, is to improve pain, function, range of motion
and/or reduce medication. “While OMT is often used to treat muscular
pain,” noted Dr. Maddox, “it can help with migraines, sinus
disorders, heartburn, chronic constipation and a wide range of health
High Velocity-Low Amplitude (HVLA), which most closely resembles chiropractic
technique using quick, short thrusts, is also utilized to restore motion
and symmetry to joints that are not moving as well as they should or are
out of alignment.
Dr. Maddox added, “OMT is safe and effective for a lot of people
as an adjunct to medication, but cannot always replace them. However,
being able to reduce medication dosages and have this as an option when
the patient has been resistant to other treatment is a plus.”
OMT is recognized as a type of physical therapy and is covered by most
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee, call 270-827-8662. He provides
care at Methodist Family Medicine in the Atkinson building located at
1413 North Elm Street in Henderson. Dr. Lee completed his residency training
through Methodist Hospital’s Osteopathic Family Practice Program
in partnership with the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Maddox, call 270-827-5657. He provides
care at Methodist Family Medicine, located at 319 Eighth Street in Henderson
and at the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Methodist Hospital. Dr. Maddox
completed his residency training at Southampton Hospital, Southampton, New York.
Photo 1: Dr. John Lee performs Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on a patient
at his office located at 1413 North Elm Street in Henderson.
Photo 2: Dr. Brian Maddox performs Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on a patient
at his office located at 319 Eighth Street in Henderson.
For questions regarding this press release, please contact Brandi L. Schwartz
at 270-831-7836 or