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For Dr. Datta's Patients

What To Expect During a Visit

Dr. Francis Yoo - Who Am I?

Hi, I am Dr. Francis Yoo, a multi-board certified osteopathic physician in the Upper East Side, and I am collaborating with Dr. Datta to help her patients that are suffering from symptoms from concussion / traumatic brain injury / traumatic head injury.

While I am a DO, osteopathic physician, fully licensed to practice medicine. My primary modality is Osteopathic Manipulation and occasional include medical acupuncture and other modalities based on my patients' needs.

My primary mode of treatment is Osteopathic Manipulation. Osteopathic Manipulation is a hands-on treatment approach to resolve distorted tensions in the body, from head to toe. Pressures and amount of movement can range from very subtle to large. For those suffering from concussion / traumatic brain injury / traumatic head injury symptoms the amount of movement and pressure used will be very, very gentle and subtle. That said, I have had patients feel this very subtle pressure as it worked on resolving tensions in and around their head.

While I treat every person as a unique individual, it is most likely that I will spend most of the treatment with my hands on your head and neck with you lying down on your back, if that is a comfortable position for you. That said, I will address and treat any area of the body that I feel like is limiting healthy structure and function of the body and leading to the symptoms you are experiencing. 

I have had patients report various sensations during the treatment including increased pressure, lightness, "seeing spots", feeling more grounded, feeling more relaxed, transient intensity in their head.

Difference Between This and Other Hands-On Work

What is the difference between Osteopathic Manipulation and Chiropractic and Physical Therapy?

(Please note that I am not a Chiropractor or Physical Therapist)

The main difference between Osteopathic Manipulation and Chiropractic is that Chiropractic focuses more on the spine and primarily has thrusting motions. DOs and others that perform Osteopathic Manipulation work head to toe, on bones, joints, soft tissue, muscles, fascia, ligaments, organs, blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and way more. In fact, the DOs were the first ones in the modern western medical world to scientifically rigorously study and apply hands-on treatments for all of these. In fact, it is very fair to say that lymphatic massage, craniosacral therapy, fascia manipulation have all of their roots in OSteopathic Manipulation. The main difference is that DOs (in particular those educated and trained in the United States) that perform Osteopathic Manipulation have a vast higher level of education in the human body and how it works. 

How does it differ from other hand-on modalities?

I have often been told that it feels like I am doing Reiki or other sort of energetic system work that I am not familiar with. I cannot comment directly on this however I can say that the ultimate goal is to reduce and remove structural and functional obstacles to optimal function of your body, increasing your brain and rest of your nervous system.

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More Information

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What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine looks at how everything in your body is connected. Osteopathic doctors (DOs) are trained to find out why you're sick and treat the real problem, not just the symptoms. They use hands-on techniques called osteopathic manipulative treatment to help your body heal and feel better. This involves using gentle, hands-on techniques to normalize abnormal mechanical tensions in muscles, joints, ligaments, fascia, visceral organs, lymphatic fluids, and structures of the nervous system in order to treat a wide variety of clinical conditions. Osteopathic medicine is all about keeping you healthy by considering your physical, emotional, social, and environmental needs.


What is the difference between Osteopaths, Chiropractors, and Physical Therapists?

Chiropractors prioritize spinal health, considering it pivotal for overall well-being. They employ techniques such as spinal adjustments to maintain spinal alignment and function. In contrast, osteopaths adopt a comprehensive perspective, recognizing the interconnectedness of bodily systems. While they also value spinal health, they appreciate the impact of other anatomical structures on overall health. Physical therapists, on the other hand, concentrate on targeted rehabilitation, addressing specific areas of injury or dysfunction. Their treatment often revolves around exercise-based interventions aimed at restoring function and promoting recovery.


How can OMM help patients neurologic symptoms and conditions?

Osteopathic medicine seamlessly incorporates holistic principles into neurology, covering both diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions. Osteopathic physicians undergo extensive training in neurology and utilize osteopathic manipulative treatment alongside collaboration with neurologists to manage disorders like stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathies. Emphasizing preventive care and lifestyle adjustments, DOs strive to enhance neurological health and overall well-being. Emerging evidence from multiple case reports indicates that integrating OMT into the treatment of traumatic brain injury patients has shown promising results, improving somatic symptoms without any noted adverse effects


What to expect when visiting an Osteopathic Physician?

When you see an osteopathic doctor, they look at your health as a whole. They listen carefully to what's bothering you and ask about your medical history. They will give you a thorough check-up, sometimes even using their hands to feel for any issues with your muscles and nerves. During your treatment, you'll likely lie down comfortably, and adjustments can be made to ensure your comfort. The techniques used are gentle and designed to facilitate your body's healing process, tailored to your specific needs. While most of the treatment is gentle and requires minimal effort from you, some aspects may involve slightly stronger pressure. Throughout the session, you may experience deep relaxation and pleasant sensations, such as warmth or coolness. In some instances, you may not feel anything at all, contributing to a profoundly peaceful experience. Rest assured, the technique won't cause any harm and is aimed to optimizing the bodies ability to reestablish healthy tension and heal itself.

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