First, let me state a disclaimer. This post in no way should take precedence over any advice from your personal physician. I am writing to fulfill curious minds, and I will try my best effort to do so. With that said..(err..typed?)...
In case no one knows this, I am a D.O., which stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. We, as D.O.'s have all the same rights and privileges of M.D.'s (meaning that we can be any sort of specialist and write all of the same prescriptions), and we both complete 4 years of medical school training. But we, as Osteopathic physicians, have a more "holistic" view when it comes to patient care. Osteopathic Medicine was based on the idea that treating the body as a whole, rather than each individual body system, impacts healing in a more natural and timely fashion. Now..what does that have to do with alternative medicine? We complete an additional 300-500 hours of hands-on manual medicine study, or OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) and the body's musculoskeletal system. OMM can be used both as a diagnostic and treatment modality. It can be utilized to treat anything from headaches to back pain, and may also be used as an adjunct treatment for conditions like sinusitis or pneumonia.
Personally, I have been having some killer back pain recently. I woke up and told my husband.."That's it..no more ibuprofen..I'm going to see Dr. Boesler!" Dr. Boesler was my professor at NSU (GO SHARKS!), where I went to medical school, and whom I refer to as the OMM Guru. Needless to say, I walked out of the OMM clinic, and felt 90% better, after ONE 30 minute treatment.
Acupuncture is another modality that a lot of people swear by. I have not had it personally, but a lot of my friends have, and it has cured pain and relived stress for some of them. I also get a monthly massage, which has helped me in terms of back and neck pain from carrying around so many books my whole life!