What Is Osteopathy?

Recognizing The Body’s Ability To Heal Itself

Emphasizing Structure & Function Of The Body

Osteopathy is a system of natural medicine that views the individual as a whole unit. The principles of osteopathic medicine emphasize the interrelationship between structure and function of the body and recognize the body’s ability to heal itself. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Starkman seeks out barriers and facilitates the healing process.

With an osteopathic approach, Dr. Starkman assesses and treats movement restrictions in your body tissues that prevent your body from optimal function and prevents you from feeling healthy and fit. Osteopathy is unique because it focuses on finding and treating the causes of your pain and dysfunction rather than just focusing on symptoms.

An initial evaluation is usually 30-45 minutes and consists of a thorough history discussion, including a review of traumas sustained during one’s lifetime, along with an Osteopathic examination and treatment. Osteopathic treatments are performed with the patient fully clothed. Most treatments are conducted with the patient lying on their back with their head resting on a pillow and a bolster underneath the knees. The patient remains in this position for the duration of the treatment. It is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing, but not required. The treatment usually consists of a very light application of pressure to areas beneath the pelvis, spine, and head.

If a course of Osteopathic therapy is recommended, follow-up visits are usually 30-45 minutes and may continue once per week for several weeks; continuation of therapy is based on response to treatment. Factors affecting treatment response can include a patient’s age, length of time with the current medical condition, other medical issues, the patient’s nutritional status, and stress levels.

Future visits may address these and other underlying factors preventing an optimal treatment response and prolonging symptoms of disease. Continuing treatment may involve the use of various forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) modalities including Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture/Tai Chi/Qigong), Reiki, Food Sensitivity Testing, Nutrition Counseling, Hormone Testing/Balancing, Herbal Medicine, Whole Food Supplementation, Homeopathy, HCG Weight Loss Diet or a referral to another holistic healthcare provider for co-management.

Who Can Benefit?

– Newborns, Infants, Toddlers
– Children of all ages
– Athletes
– Adults
– Seniors
– People with chronic illness
– Chronic pain of all types
– Acute Pain
– People with acute and chronic pain from Trauma

Should Me Or My Family Consider Osteopathic Treatment?

At Osteopathic Healing Arts LLC, we welcome patients from newborns to seniors. For pediatric, osteopathic treatment is excellent for general health care and well-being, newborn evaluation, treatment of birth trauma, infant sleep irregularities, colic, reflux, difficulty feeding, arching, agitation, acute and chronic ear/sinus infections, asthma, developmental delays, cerebral palsy & ADHD.

In adults, osteopathic treatment is helpful for not only general health care and well-being, but also for post-surgical care, pregnancy and post-partum care, infections, symptoms secondary to injuries, neurological problems, various types of pain, migraines, dizziness, nerve palsy, digestive disorders, fatigue, stress-related illnesses and more.

Connect With Dr. Starkman

Dr. Starkman is now accepting patients as their primary care physician. Through our Direct Primary Care (DPC) model, you receive comprehensive primary health care from Dr. Joseph Starkman & pay for this care through a monthly membership fee. This fee covers the traditional osteopathic services Dr. Starkman may recommend & perform. We do not participate in any insurance or plans, thus being able to avoid the ever-increasing demands & costs associated with accepting insurance. This saves you money & also gives you a greater level of service, as Dr. Starkman has more time to spend listening to and treating you. We recommend appointments, but we also try to accommodate all persons needing to be seen the same day. We ask that you call early in the day to ensure we are able to see you that day.

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Libertyville, IL 60048


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