The Osteopathic Difference

DOs have a ‘’whole person’’ approach to illness, looking holistically at environment, lifestyle and behavior rather than just treating symptoms. This philosophy is what drew me to osteopathic medicine when I was looking at different medical schools.


DOs undergo hands-on training in the musculoskeletal system, called osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). There are many manipulation techniques that can be used to treat functional issues in the bones, joints, tissues and muscles of the body. These treatments can relieve pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. I often describe OMT to my patients as a mix between getting a massage or a chiropractic treatment, depending on what the DO assesses and finds on the exam.


OMT can help patients with a wide variety of issues, from neck, shoulder and back pain to constipation, headaches, and even allergy symptoms and sinus infections. OMT is beneficial because it provides a non-invasive and medication free treatment option for patients, but it can also be used in combination with other medical treatments.

OMT is just one of the many services that I provide at Coastal Maine Direct Care.

To learn more or to set up a free meet and greet, call 207-506-0412.

Alexandra Barr, DO

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