The Art of Pain Relief

Southwest Health Center_MG_1847_v2How much does $1,000 in quarters weigh? For Sue Meylor of Belmont it could be measured in the pain she’s experienced every day of her life since lifting that 50 pound bag of quarters 12 years ago.

She’s tried most everything. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, and cortisone shots have given Sue some temporary relief from the pain, but she still lives with it every day.

“It never completely goes away. And no matter what I do, the pain always comes back,” says Sue, who works in the call center at Swiss Colony in Dickeyville.

The good news is she finds more lasting relief from a couple unexpected sources. First of all, exercising her artistic muscles helps sooth her pain and keeps her mind focused elsewhere. And secondly, monthly osteopathic adjustments from family physician and doctor of osteopathy Andrew Klann, DO, keep the pain at bay longer than any other treatment she’s ever tried.

“Dr. Klann is a sweetheart. The better I’ve gotten to know him, the more like a brother he’s become. He adjusts my back, and it feels good. Best of all, his adjustments last a full month.”

klann_thumbLike many people who see a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Sue was at first unaware Dr. Klann could offer additional methods of healing and pain relief. Both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians, yet osteopathic medicine offers a distinct philosophy and approach to care that, as Sue discovered, could provide an extra dimension of care. That’s what helps her feel better and live better.

In addition to the full range of medical knowledge we expect from our family doctors, DOs may also use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain, and aid recovery.

“With Dr. Klann’s adjustments, I can sit more comfortably and move more pain free. And I have a longer time between appointments. I’m so glad to have found that relief and such a great doctor, too.”

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