An Osteopathic Approach to Lyme Disease


We interviewed Tom Moorcroft DO about an osteopathic approach to Lyme disease. Dr. Tom was featured in our book Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. You can watch the replay below.

In this webinar, Dr. Tom offers a unique approach to treating Lyme disease: osteopathic medicine, which offers physical manipulative treatments as well as unique insights into the cause of the illness. An osteopath understands the dynamic inter-relationship between muscles in the back and internal organs and also knows that we look the way we do in order for our bodies to function as they should.

In the current era of less-than-optimal diets, Dr. Tom has found that many of his patients have underdeveloped airways, crooked teeth, open bites, mouth breathing and obstructive sleep apnea. All of these can lead to decreased oxygen getting to their developing brains. He has discovered that many children with night sweats, tic disorders and behavioral abnormalities realize dramatic improvements, if not complete resolution of symptoms, when their oro-facial structural abnormalities are addressed.

Instead of antibiotics and IVIG, these children work with a functional dentist, a myofunctional therapist (essentially a physical therapist for the mouth and tongue) and an osteopathic physician who specializes in osteopathic manipulative treatment. These patients may also need other interventions, such as antimicrobial treatments and dietary modifications, but addressing their underlying structural issues improves oxygenation and eases physical strains on their developing brains, which in turn leads to less inflammation, less symptoms and improved overall health and development.

About Tom Moorcroft DO

Dr. Tom Moorcroft is a global leader in solving complex medical mysteries. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont before attending the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). While at UNECOM, Tom was selected to complete a one-year fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Tom completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. He is also board certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

Tom Moorcroft DO

He is a co-founder of Origins of Health, an Osteopathic wellness center, focused on solving the riddles of chronic illness to enable their patients to regain their health and regain their lives. Dr. Moorcroft specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic tick-borne illness, mold illness and Infections-Induced Autoimmune Encephalitis in children and adults. Learn more about Dr. Moorcroft at


This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.

Sources & References

Lee, S.H., Vigliotti, J.S., Vigliotti, V.S., Jones, W., Moorcroft, T.A., Lantsman K. DNA sequencing diagnosis of off-season spirochetemia with low bacterial density in Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi infections. Int J Mol Sci. 2014;15(7):11364–11386. Published 2014 Jun 25. doi:10.3390/ijms150711364

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