Alternative Systems of Healing for Surgery and Procedures

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help you increase range of motion, build strength, regain balance and increase function.  This is a great addition to your recovery plan.  In the case of chronic pain, it can sometimes help heal injuries to a point where surgery is no longer needed.  Ask your doctor whether Physical Therapy is a good addition to your treatment plan.

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT)

According to the American Osteopathic Association, Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT) is “hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, your osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.”  To learn more about OMT and where to find a provider, visit this site.  Talk to your doctor first before pursuing any OMT to make sure it is a good addition to your treatment plan.


Massage can help you manage anxiety and pain prior to surgery and to help with increased range of motion following surgery.  Massage can help to increase blood flow, manage recovery pain, and reduce stress.  Following surgery, ask your doctor for a recommendation of a massage therapist trained in medical conditions.