Osteopathy Specialist

Family Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Medical Clinics located in Soldotna, AK

Living with chronic pain in your muscles and joints can make it difficult to stay active. At Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, Alaska, the experienced staff treats the root cause of your pain through a branch of medicine known as osteopathy, which manipulates your muscles. The clinic utilizes a model of treatment known as Fascial Distortion Model instead of medications. Osteopathy treatments can help you achieve pain-free living so that you can enjoy a more active lifestyle. To learn more about the benefits of osteopathy, schedule a consultation online or by calling Family Medical Clinic.

Osteopathy Q & A

Family Medical Clinic

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual therapy your Family Medical Clinic provider may use to complement conventional medical treatments. Your provider may perform hands-on osteopathic manipulation therapy to improve your muscle strength and health without the need for medications.

Your provider focuses on your muscles, joints, and spine, using manual manipulation to diagnose and treat health issues. The goal of osteopathy is to enhance your body’s vital systems, including the nervous system, lymphatic system, circulatory system, and overall well-being.

What conditions can osteopathy treat?

Your provider may recommend osteopathy as an effective treatment method for conditions like:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Posture problems
  • Persistent headaches
  • Digestive health issues


Your provider may also suggest using osteopathy treatments to improve your sleep cycles if you have chronic pain that disrupts quality sleep.

Family Medical Clinic providers also use the Fascial Distortion Model™ as part of their osteopathic diagnostic services.

What is the Fascial Distortion Model?

The Fascial Distortion Model is a treatment model where your provider can pinpoint the cause of your pain based on the way your muscles have been altered or distorted.

The fascia is the soft connective tissues under your skin. This tissue protects, separates, and insulates your nerves, muscles, and bones. It also helps transport fluids, hormones, and nutrients to other parts of the body.

The treatment model involves a detailed physical assessment to determine problem areas, or distortions, related to conditions like:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pulled muscles


The Fascial Distortion Model treatment supports pain relief and increases functionality in the affected area without medications.

How does Fascial Distortion Model therapy work?

Once your provider pinpoints the distortion, they use specific manual therapy movements and pressure techniques to increase pain-free movement in the fascia of the muscles and joints.

Following therapy, you may experience tenderness in the treatment area, as well as swelling and bruising. These issues will resolve within a few days, and you can use ice packs to keep you comfortable.

To get the maximum benefit of the manipulation therapy, it’s important that you keep active and continue working your muscles through activities like walking, bike riding, or swimming. Your provider also recommends an exercise plan to help you increase your flexibility and functionality without pain.

To learn more about osteopathy, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office.