Saturday, June 24, 2006

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at The Kohn Group, Ltd., an Osteopathic Medicine Practice located in McHenry, Illinois

great place for OMT !

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People who have tried various solutions for their pain and suffering from many doctors have been told, "Learn to live with it." Osteopathic Medicine offers a chance to live without pain and suffering by treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms, and Osteopathic Medicine stresses preventative techniques to help keep the problem from recurring. Each of the caring professionals at the Kohn Group is committed to helping you to feel better and assist your body in healing.

Dr. Bernadette Kohn and the staff of the Kohn Group use many Diagnostic Tools and offer many different Treatment Modalities to ensure that the patient receives the most up to date neuromuscular diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention techniques for healing and health. Following are descriptions of the various Diagnostic Tools and Treatments used by Dr. Bernadette.

Much more in depth information about Dr. Robert Kohn and the Treatments and Diagnostic Tools that are used in his Neuro-Psychiatry practice can be found on the following web site:

Comprehensive Whole Body Biomechanical Exam

The examination of a patient by an osteopathic physician with emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal system including palpatory diagnosis for somatic dysfunction and viscerosomatic change, in the context of total patient care. The examination is concerned with range of motion of all parts of the body, performed with the patient in multiple positions to provide static and dynamic evaluation. (Text from American Osteopathic Association Glossary)

This detailed view of whole body mechanics:

*Helps your doctor understand why you haven't gotten well yet.
*Could be used to prevent further problems.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments

OMT is a hands-on treatment where Osteopathic Physicians use their hands to examine your back and other parts of your body such as joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles, for pain and restriction during motion that could signal an injury or impaired function.

"I suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome on and off for a few years...Dr. Kohn used osteopathic manipulation on various parts of my body. After the first treatment, there was great improvement and I could sleep through the night for the first time in weeks..Thank you Dr. Kohn... She listens to not only what you have to say, but also to what your body tells her as she examines you. Dr. Kohn and her staff are pleasant and professional and they are concerned about each patient."
Linda, a Kohn Group patient

Dr. Bernadette Kohn's Osteopathic Manipulative Treatments include the following:

* Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is a form of osteopathic manipulative therapy that makes use of a body rhythm (craniosacral rhythm) that we all have, to detect and treat restrictions of motion. We are not normally aware of it, but the body (including the head) very slowly and subtly widens and narrows every six to ten seconds. Accompanying this, is an inward and outward rotation of the limbs similar in quality to the rolling of an ocean wave.

*Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) A system of diagnosis and treatment first described by Andrew Taylor Still and his early students, which engages continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues; the myofascial tissue consists of the muscles and fascia. Dr. Bernadette applies her fingers to the surface of the skin or other tissues, using varying amounts of pressure, to selectively determine the condition of the parts beneath. Also referred to as MFR, this procedure to designed to stretch and reflexly release patterned soft tissue and joint-related restrictions. (Parts of Text from American Osteopathic Association Glossary)

* Counterstrain

A system of diagnosis and treatment that considers the dysfunction to be a continuing, inappropriate strain reflex, which is inhibited by applying a position of mild strain in the direction exactly opposite to that of the reflex; this is accomplished by specific directed positioning about the point of tenderness to achieve the desired therapeutic response. (Text from American Osteopathic Association Glossary)

*Muscle Energy

Manipulative Treatment in which the patient's muscles are actively used on request from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce. Read More...

* Fulford Percussion Hammer
What is the Fulford Percussion Hammer?

The Fulford Percussion Hammer was invented by Dr. Robert Fulford to help treat the fascial "stuckness" in the body. He was an engineer and an osteopathic physician who determined that the use of the percussion hammer through a vibrational frequency is very effective in "unlocking" stuck fascia. Read More...

"Dr. Bernadette is one of the kindest, most gentle doctors I have ever met. She is well versed in Osteopathic Medicine. She truly enjoys what she does, and most importantly, her manipulation techniques truly make a difference."
Mike, a Kohn Group patient

*High Velocity Low Amplitude

A thrust treatment technique that uses High Velocity/Low Amplitude forces. (Text from American Osteopathic Association Glossary)

*Soft Tissue Deep Articulation

What is Soft Tissue Deep Articulation?

The Physician gently and repeatedly forces the joint against the restrictive barrier, intending to reduce the barrier and improve motion. Read More...

*Facilitated Positional Release

A system of indirect myofascial release treatment. The component region of the body is placed in a neutral position, diminishing tissue and joint tension in all planes and an activating force (compression or torsion) is added. (Text from American Osteopathic Association Glossary)


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