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Counterstrain and osteopathy.

While I was delighted to find mention of osteopathy in your latest issue (July/August, "Miracle Pain Relief at Kripalu?"), I was quickly disappointed by the misrepresentation of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The specific technique that was mentioned, counterstrain, is based on placing the patient in a position of ease--the body in general, and the part being worked on specifically--to enhance the body's innate ability to heal itself. It is not limited to pelvic alignment. Counterstrain is just one of several manipulative techniques used and developed within osteopathic medicine. None of these techniques is a miracle. They are based on biomechanical principles and are practical and effective tools aimed at restoring maximal pain-free movement of the musculoskeletal system. Local physicians can be located by contacting the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Also it is important to clarify that there are "billing codes" for this treatment, and many insurance companies do cover it.

--Terri Steppe, DO

What really struck home with me was the line "Many doctors still don't understand that 'incurable' is an extremely damaging way of saying 'I don't know how to cure it.'" Such a powerful and very true statement! That is one of the major reasons that I faded out of conventional medicine ... If a doctor has no hope to offer a patient, that is the most damaging and destructive of all relationships. If there was a way for patients who have heard [these words] to turn away from that doctor in a loving way, knowing that [the doctor is] well meaning but uninformed, that would not only empower the patient who could go out and find alternative ways to "heal," but eventually, also would empower the doctor.

--Miriam Mandel, M.D.
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Title Annotation:Exchange
Author:Steppe, Terri; Mandel, Miriam
Publication:Spirituality & Health Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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