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We found 7 osteopathic manipulative medicine providers near Tacoma, WA.

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Dr. Michael Joseph Franceschina DO, FAOAO
Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552

Dr. Michael Franceschina works as a foot and ankle surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Federal Way, WA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: arthroscopic surgery, sports health, and total joint replacement. Dr. Franceschina honors Medicare insurance. He attended Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then went on to complete his residency at Botsford Hospital. Dr. Franceschina is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Total Joint Replacement, Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neurology (Brain & Spinal Cord Disease)
Tacoma, WA
(253) 403-7299

Dr. Kathleen Polo is a specialist in osteopathic manipulative medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). She is a graduate of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. Dr. Polo honors Medicare insurance.

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Dr. Thomas L Cross DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552

Dr. Thomas Cross' specialties are osteopathic manipulative medicine, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Cross's areas of expertise include the following: tibia (shin bone) fracture, shoulder injury, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is professionally affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. He honors Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Cross obtained his medical school training at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency at Flint Osteopathic Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Knee Injury, Prosthetic Implant, Joint Replacement, Ankle Surgery, Anterior Hip Replacement, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gary P Hunter DO
Specializes in Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
34612 6th Avenue S; Suite 300
Federal Way, WA
(253) 838-8552

Dr. Gary Hunter works as a foot and ankle surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hunter's medical residency was performed at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. His clinical interests include tibia (shin bone) fracture, knee arthroplasty, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Medicare insurance. Dr. Hunter is affiliated with CHI Franciscan Health. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Total Joint Replacement, Joint Replacement, Ankle Surgery, Arthritis, Arthroscopy, Athletic ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
209 Martin Luther King JR Way
Tacoma, WA
(253) 596-3410

Dr. Lyudmila Petruk works as an osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist. She honors Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Petruk's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington.

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Specializes in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Neurosurgery, Addiction Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurophysiology
316 Martin Luther King Jr Way; Ste 408
Tacoma, WA
(253) 403-0344

Dr. Laura Hershkowitz is a specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), neurodevelopmental disabilities, and neurosurgery. She works in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Hershkowitz graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance.

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Specializes in Sports Medicine, Physiatry (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation), Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Family Medicine
3124 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA
(253) 459-7000

Dr. Mark Mariani works as a physiatrist, family medicine practitioner, and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist in Tacoma, WA. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He honors Medicare insurance.

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What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

Osteopathic manipulative medicine is the keystone treatment that sets osteopathic physicians apart from other doctors. With similarities to chiropractic, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage, osteopathic manipulative medicine is a hands-on approach that involves manually moving, stretching, and adjusting the body to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Osteopathy was developed in the 1870s by Dr. Andrew Still. In the United States, doctors of osteopathy are full medical doctors (D.O.s) - they can prescribe medications and perform surgery. The osteopathic medical view tends to differ slightly from that of an M.D. however, with D.O.s treating the whole person and seeing illness less as an isolated event. Osteopaths believe that the body has an amazing ability to heal itself, if restrictions on movement are removed. With increased motion and circulation will come increased well-being. Osteopathic manipulative medicine aims to free the body to heal itself.

An osteopathic manipulative treatment may involve stretching, gentle pressure, counter pressure, resistance, and craniosacral therapy among others. It may be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent illness or injury. Studies have shown that osteopathic manipulation is particularly effective for back pain, but it may also be used to treat:
  • Joint pain, such as that due to sports injuries or arthritis
  • Menstrual pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sinus disorders
  • Migraine headaches
  • Pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain

Osteopathic manipulative medicine uses healing touch to restore the function of the body’s own structure in order to promote health. It looks at the entire musculoskeletal system to ease limitations that may be causing problems.
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