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The Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Podcast

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This podcast is directed to osteopathic medical students with the goal of facilitating their understanding about the healing potential of OMT as witnessed by physicians in their clinical practice. Continue Reading >>
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A biomechanical engineer for NASA and now OMT doc., shares his theory of the principle cause of chronic low back pain – Clarence Nicodemus, D.O. He is the oldest graduate of Osteopathic Medical School at 61 years old, a PhD in biomechanical engineering, a former NASA engineer/researcher, a pilot and now an OMT doctor. He is a lifelong learner, who enjoys serving others, heck he’s almost 80 and is still working more than full time. He has an inquisitive mind and endless drive to look for the answers. In this episode he shares with us his theory behind the cause of chronic low back pain, the importance of consistently practicing your OMT skills and the importance of OMT research. Enjoy this conversation with the wise man, the sage or maybe you would say the medicine man Dr. Clarence Nicodemus. You may email him at: nicodem5@msu.edu

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A biomechanical engineer for NASA and now OMT doc., shares his theory of the principle cause of chronic low back pain – Clarence Nicodemus, D.O. He is the oldest graduate of Osteopathic Medical School at 61 years old, a PhD in biomechanical engineering, a former NASA engineer/researcher, a pilot and now an OMT doctor. He is a lifelong learner, who enjoys serving others, heck he’s almost 80 and is still working more than full time. He has an inquisitive mind and endless drive to look for the answers. In this episode he shares with us his theory behind the cause of chronic low back pain, the importance of consistently practicing your OMT skills and the importance of OMT research. Enjoy this conversation with the wise man, the sage or maybe you would say the medicine man Dr. Clarence Nicodemus. You may email him at: nicodem5@msu.edu

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A Sports Medicine physician shares why he values the hands on approach to patient care - John Morasso, D.O. Dr. John Morasso has always been drawn to sports and pushing his body to the limit. Witnessing a friend return to sports after being treated by a D.O. and his own experience with manual treatments showed him the value of OMT. He entered medical school with a desire to educate his hands and imbue himself with osteopathic philosophy. Now working as a primary care sports medicine physician, OMT makes up a large part of his daily practice. Before we jump lets listen to what one osteopathic medical student thinks about OMT.

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Dean Amalfitano, D.O., PhD of MSUCOM shares his experience, vision and hope for the field of Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. In this episode we learn about Dean Amalfitano’s family heritage, his hobby of cooking Italian food and traveling the world. He talks about his experience with OMT as a DO, PhD student at MSUCOM and what this specialty means to him. He shares his vision and hope for the field of Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and reiterates his desire that MSU be a leader in the development of this field. Although not an easy task, he explains the importance of ONMM research and why science not having caught up to the field, does not weaken its validity. Enjoy this wonderful and informative conversation with a brilliant geneticist, empathetic clinician and courageous leader, Dean Andrea Amalfitano.

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Experiencing and believing - how osteopathic treatment improved his quality of life and sent him down his career path - David Hickling, D.O. His mother noticed her son always leaning to one side at meal time. After convincing the doctors to do a workup they found he had an extra hemivertebra between T12-L1 and an extra rib attached to that vertebra. He began seeing Dr. Barbour an osteopathic physician who worked on him for many years treating both his back pain and headaches. At the time it appeared to be voodoo that somehow worked, but after deciding to go to osteopathic medical school it started to become more clear what Dr. Barbour had been doing. Now he works full time as a neuromusculoskeletal medicine physician, owning his own practice and improving patient's quality of life much like Dr. Barbour did for him years earlier.   If you would like to reach out to Dr. Hickling you may do so at his website: michmskmed.com

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Study looking at OMT in the post operative CABG patient - Ben Greene, D.O. In the post operative coronary artery bypass graft patient there is a positive correlation between those who receive OMT and a decrease in their hospital stay, their first post operative bowel movement and an increase in functional independence. Listen to how the study was designed, an explanation of the OMT modalities used and the clinical outcomes.

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Resonating with the 4 tenets of Osteopathic Medicine - Jake Rowan, D.O. It all started with the 4 tenets of Osteopathic Medicine (The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.) These are what sent him down the path to a career of researching, practicing and teaching these principles. 

If you would like to contact Dr. Rowan you may at rowanjac@msu.edu 

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Lifestyle/Retreat Medicine and OMT - Allowing the body to heal itself - Jake Fischer, D.O. There were times in his medical training when he believed there was more harm than good being done with the western approach to medicine. This lead him to find his career goals and philosophy of health in the field of lifestyle medicine. He and his wife are in the process of opening a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2024 named Mana’o Mana – to educate participants in these principles of health. Enjoy the conversation with Jake Fischer, D.O. Check out his website at manaomana.org

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Helping athletes achieve peak performance - Ken Nakasone, DPT He is a lifelong learner who is fascinated by the intrinsic causes of human movement. He sees the patient not only through the lens of anatomy and neurophysiology, but also being sensitive to their fears. He is a Titleist performance instructor and teacher of the Fascial Distortion Model. A person who wants to help his community and those around him. Enjoy the conversation with Ken Nakasone, DPT.

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Treating the emotional body through OMT - Brooke Bachelor, D.O. She cares about the health of the planet and of people. She is a world traveler who witnessed the sun beaten skin and chronic musculoskeletal pain in the working class of countries around the world. Tylenol and Advil didn’t cut it. These people needed more than a prescription. They needed listening ears and empathetic touch. OMT seemed to provide the healing they needed. Listen to Brook Bachelor as she shares her story about why she appreciates OMT and plans to use it in her future career as a Family Medicine physician.

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