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“Osteopathic Manual Therapy (OMT) is used to help augment the body's own inherent properties to fend off disease and heal itself,” said Aimee Lynn Battaglia, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) at Kaiser Permanente’s Briargate Medical Offices. While the differences between a D.O. and an M.D. are subtle – and much of their training the same – D.O.’s will additionally learn a variety of hands-on diagnostic techniques that can be very helpful in treating musculoskeletal disease, diseases of the airway, gastrointestinal issues and more. “One of the main tenets of OMT is that the body is a unit, it functions as a unit, and everything is interconnected,” she said.

OMT is a hands-on treatment that manipulates the body, targets different muscle groups and joints, moves the tissue and fascia, and stimulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems using techniques like stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. While D.O.’s may be more likely to support, embrace and refer patients to naturopaths, they are not alternative medicine practitioners themselves; and instead adhere to western, evidence-based medicine first and foremost. “You may find D.O.’s who are more open to and will familiarize themselves with acupuncture, eastern medicine and other complementary healing modalities – but this is not a part of our standardized training,” Battaglia said.

OMT can be used to treat a number of issues, including ear infections, sinus infections, chronic constipation, intractable hiccups, asthma, migraines, menstrual pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic joint pain, osteoarthritis, concussions and more. It is a safe for all ages, and in certain cases yields immediate results. There is a wealth of evidence supporting the efficacy of OMT in treating lower back pain. “OMT gives the patient’s body an opportunity to heal itself,” she said.

Before attending medical school, Battaglia owned and operated a residential assisted living company in Denver where she provided senior and end-of-life care. “Being a part of someone’s end-of-life was a very special opportunity,” she said. “I chose family medicine because I get to be a part of that full spectrum of care from birth to death – and I enjoy the continuity that comes with that.” With the support of Kaiser Permanente, she continues to visit assisted living centers throughout the area; but now as a doctor, and the only Kaiser Permanente D.O. in Southern Colorado.

“I think Kaiser Permanente reflects the spirit of what sent me to medical school to begin with, because they put a lot of focus on preventative care and addressing the whole person,” said Battaglia. “They have many systems in place that allow me to practice in that sense; and they provide so much support as far as physicians, patient resources and chronic disease management. This care and dedication translates directly to the patient.”

Dr. Battaglia loves hiking, camping, traveling, spending time with her husband, one-year-old and three-year-old boys, and is currently training for the Bike MS 150 taking place at the end of June.

Dr. Aimee Battaglia is currently accepting new patients.

- Aimee Lynn Battaglia, D.O., is a family medicine doctor practicing at the Kaiser Permanente Briargate Medical Offices located at 4105 Briargate Parkway, Ste. 125, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. To learn more about how they can help your family thrive, visit kp.org or call 1-888-681-7878.

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