Beth Blum, DO is a fully licensed physician and board certified specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She attended medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a three year residency in Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she performed over 2,000 osteopathic treatments, including treatment of hundreds of newborns and postpartum parents. She is a member of the Cranial Academy and has over 200 hours of formal training in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.
Dr. Blum is a Health at Every Size practitioner and is committed to providing body-positive, trauma-informed, gender-affirming care.
The 37 trillion cells of your body hold more wisdom than can be modeled by the most advanced computer systems. The goal of an osteopathic treatment is to listen to that wisdom and allow it to reveal what parts of your body have gotten out of sync and what is needed to bring the whole of you back into harmony
An appointment consists of a typical medical history and physical exam followed by a thorough structural exam. This assesses all the joints and tissues of your body to locate the place(s) that normal vital motion is absent or diminished. In these areas of restriction, Dr. Blum uses her hands to apply the minimum force needed to help the body make its own correction.
What conditions can be treated with osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a complete system of medicine, and is therefore applicable to almost all diseases, whether as a primary treatment or complement to other modalities. In hospitals, it is used to treat infections, speed post-operative recovery times, facilitate weaning from breathing machines, and more
In an outpatient setting, people most often come in for pain:
- Back and neck pain – new or longstanding, sciatica, bulging discs, pinched nerves, lifting injuries, muscle strains
- Headaches – migraines, tension headaches, post-concussion symptoms
- Arthritis – knees, hips, hands, shoulders, etc
- Rheumatologic conditions – rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia
- Connective tissue disorders – Ehlers Danlos
It can also be very helpful in pregnancy
- Low back pain
- Leg swelling
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Pelvic and round ligament pain
- Acid reflux
And in treating babies and children
- Colic, reflux, and other GI issues
- Latching/sucking problems
- Recurrent ear infections
- Strabismus and amblyopia