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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) available at Methodist Health

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) available at Methodist Health

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 Health’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 problems.”

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 insurance plans.

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 Health’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 Health. 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.

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For questions regarding this press release, please contact Brandi L. Schwartz at 270-831-7836 or bschwartz@methodisthospital.net.