What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopaths believe that a patient’s history of illness and trauma are written into the body’s structure. An Osteopath’s sense of touch is highly developed in order to palpate the patient’s “living anatomy” (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural make-up).
Osteopaths have found that falls, mental and emotional stresses, or any traumatic life event, can often have long lasting effects. Although the immediate pain from an injury or trauma might disappear, tissue density in the affected region can persist, causing other parts of the body to compensate, and reducing the resilience of the whole system. This, in addition to tension arising from habitual ways we use our bodies, can lead to deeply rooted problems.
Osteopathic treatment can be used to unlock the effects of accumulated restrictions at the root cause, thereby allowing the body to return naturally to a healthier state.
Areas of Interest
asthma, allergies, sinusitis
anxiety, depression, fatigue
Issues related to pregnancy
back and pelvic pain
Newborns, infants and children
reflux, colic, fussiness
asthma and allergies
sinus and ear infections
anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues
The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body,mind, and spirit.
The fundamental difference between osteopathic and conventional medical training is this focus on unity of the organism, as opposed to breaking the body down into separate parts.
The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
Treatment is oriented toward utilizing, supporting and helping to restore these inherent mechanisms of self-regulation.
Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
The understanding of the relationship between structure and function applies to molecular, cellular, tissue and gross anatomy. Osteopathic medicine applies this knowledge in both the evaluation of tissue dis-ease and the application of osteopathic manual treatment (OMT).
Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of above three principles.
The practice of hands-on treatment applies osteopathic principles in a direct, specific and unique way to relieve suffering and enhance healthy function.
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
Just as the lungs breathe and the heart beats, the central nervous system also has its own involuntary rhythmic motion. There is also movement of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain, within the meninges. Because of the “blood brain barrier”, brain cells require circulation of the CSF so that all cells can receive nourishment and oxygen.
Osteopaths with specialty training in this area (“the cranial field”) work with the bones of the cranium, the fascial coverings (meninges), the fluids, and the central nervous system to access the whole person, for both treatment of dysfunction and improvement of health. Sometimes called cranial osteopathy, it is an additional set of skills gained by osteopaths to better address the whole body.
About Josh Krembs
Dr. Krembs earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Southern Maine, and became Board-Certified through the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (AOBNMM) after completing residency training at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City. He has been trained, through more than 15 years of extensive mentorship and coursework, in the subtle yet powerful Biodynamic approach to Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment, which allows for the precise correction of dysfunction in any body part or system with the most gentle technique.
Dr. Krembs has extensive teaching experience, with hundreds of hours spent training medical students and residents in a private office setting. He is also a frequent lecturer on Osteopathic Principles and general health topics.
In his free time, Dr. Krembs enjoys climbing, camping, skiing, and moving to good music as forms of inspiration, and he loves sharing adventures with his friends and family.