OMM Helps in Surprising Arenas
What do breast-feeding babies, asthmatics and people with acid reflux have in common? All can find help at the hands of Angela Lim, D.O., and her specialty practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, or OMM.
Most people understand that Dr. Lim addresses neck and back pain, but OMM can do that and so much more, she explains. Here’s a quick list of some of the ailments she can address with her hands-on adjustments, aimed to coax the body back into alignment so it can function properly:
- Newborns are often subject to some trauma related to their birth. If nerves at the base of the baby’s skull are irritated, the infant can struggle to latch on during breastfeeding. Dr. Lim can apply craniosacral treatment—gentle pressure applied at appropriate points of the skull—to the nerves that control the baby’s tongue and mouth, which can greatly improve a baby’s swallowing abilities.
- Being pregnant is stressful enough. Lower back pain is common, and your body can retain fluid, which can cause other issues. OMM can help ease the pain, reduce fluid accumulation and in turn promote more restful and restorative sleep.
- Patients with acid reflux find relief when Dr. Lim performs OMM related to abdominal tissues. In addition, patients with asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can also find relief, especially if their medications and inhalers aren’t working. “Flareups tend to cause tension in the rib cage and abdominal areas,” explains Dr. Lim. “OMM can address nerve issues along the central diaphragm and rib cage, freeing up the lungs to help patients relax and breathe better.”
- Post-surgical patients can benefit from OMM, improving the healing response following surgery. She has especially helped joint replacement patients who are eager to put their new limbs in motion.
Dr. Lim is board-certified in OMM. She recently moved into the Center for Primary Care, a NorthBay Affiliate, at 421 Nut Tree Road in Vacaville. For appointments, call (707) 624-7500.