Tuesday & Saturday: in office, by appointments only
Monday & Thursday: phone appointments only
Dr. Chau Nguyen D.O. provides osteopathic manipulative treatment (including cranial treatment) and medical acupuncture for patients from Bucks, Lehigh, and Montgomery counties. During an OMT session, various gentle techniques are used, including osteopathic cranial manipulation, myofascial release, balanced ligamentous tension, muscle energy and counterstrain.
Integrative Health & Pain Management Treatment Goals:
- Pain sufferers: Alleviate pain WITHOUT the use of drugs, injections, and surgery
- Dancers/Sport participants: Restore structural integrity to enhance performance and minimize potential injuries
- Lyme and co-infections: improve the body’s immune response & lymphatic drainage to facilitate healing.
- Newborns: restore structural balance to allow proper functions, communications of the nervous, lymphatic, and vascular systems that are important in the child development.
- Health conscious individuals: understanding basic nutritional need, improvement of your inherent energy through the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment and/or acupuncture.
Conditions commonly treated with OMT and/or acupuncture:
- Back or neck pain
- Arthritis or joint pain – rheumatoid, psoriatic, osteoarthritis, Lyme related, etc.
- Migraine headache
- Traumatic injuries: childbirth, fall, MVA, whiplash, sports-related
- Plantar fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis
- Post-surgical or scar tissue related pain – joint replacement, etc.
- Concussion symptoms – pain, dizziness, cognitive impairment, imbalance, etc.
- Neurological causes of pain, spasm, or contracture (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, neurosarcoidosis, etc.)
- TMJ/jaw pain
- Pelvic pain
- Back or neck pain
- Irritable bowel
- Perimenstrual disorder, PMS, dysmenorrhea/cramps
- Menopause – hot flashes
- Anxiety, depression, irritability, PTSD
- Newborn/children problems
- Club foot
- Spitting up/reflux
- Recurring ear infection
- Plagiocephaly (misshapen head)
- Developmental delay
- Bed wetting
- Short leg
- Smoking cessation
- and more…
History & Philosophy of Osteopathic Medicine
Dissatisfied with the ineffectiveness of nineteenth-century medicine, Dr. Andrew T. Still founded osteopathic medicine on the Missouri frontier in 1874. He denounced the rudimentary drugs and surgery of the day and saw many people, including his own children, die from serious diseases. Concepts such as anesthesia, sterile surgery, antiseptics, antibiotics, and imaging studies were yet available in the 1870s. Dr. Still identified palpation and the human touch as vital providing diagnosis and medical care. Currently, osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) are trained and certified to practice all modern medicine along with osteopathic medicine, including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). These physicians placed emphasis on viewing the patient as a whole person, with four key principles central to the care of all patients:
1) the body is a unit of mind, body and spirit;
2) the body is capable of self regulation, self healing, and health maintenance;
3) structure and function are reciprocally interrelated;
4) treatment is based upon these basic principles.
Osteopathic physicians use all conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment but are trained on the achievement of normal body mechanics as central to sustaining good health, by using hands-on evaluation and treatment.
In the osteopathic manipulative treatment process, the physician uses very gentle pressures, traction forces, and positioning to encourage the dysfunctional tissues to relax, unwind, and return to a more functional state. Dr. Nguyen uses various gentle techniques to aide the patient’s body to heal itself. More information on OMT can be found on internationally well known organizations:
1. The Osteopathic Center for Children – www.osteopathiccenter.org
2. The Cranial Academy – www.cranialacademy.org
3. The American Academy of Osteopathy – www.academyofosteopathy.org
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that originated in China. It’s been around for thousands of years, and is widely practiced throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the body at particular points that are known to best help the body release tension and pain. The needles are left in place for a determined period of time, with or without added heat or electrical stimulation. Acupuncture is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for a wide range of conditions. Little or no pain is associated with the initial insertion of the needle, and it’s generally well tolerated by patients, making this ancient healing therapy as gentle as it is effective.