"I have chosen to model my practice in the original tradition of A. T. Still, M.D., Physician/Founder of Osteopathic Medicine. In my practice the use of manual (Osteopathic) medicine is emphasized to treat the WHOLE person.
I have special training in treating and curing musculoskeletal issues. This may include acute or chronic pain. I also treat familiar problems such as migraine headaches, sciatic pain, soft tissue injuries resulting from sports and auto accidents, Carpel tunnel syndrome, chronic ear infections and infant colic.
I offer the knowledge of safe and proven procedures, including my original application with the myofascial system in the improvement of lymphatic issues.
Choosing a healthcare provider is one of the most important decisions you can make.
You want someone who is caring, knowledgeable, and accessible; someone willing to take the time to treat you as a person, not just a patient.
Dr Landrum offers broad array of services geared to address today’s most common non-emergency injuries. We know there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your diagnosis.
Dr. Landrum has made the medical needs of patients, his focus. Since his groundbreaking work in New Zealand, opportunity now exists to allow USA Osteopathic physicians to practice there with a NZ medical license. In the future, this could include volunteer service to the many under served peoples in rural New Zealand and elsewhere.
Since graduating medical school in 1991, Dr. Landrum has been treating patients with some unusual and difficult-to-treat diagnoses, and has seen significant progress in the patient's health and well-being Our goal is to improve and maintain your overall health and to empower you with an understanding of your condition and wellness plan.
• Acute and chronic “pain syndromes”
• Fibromyalgia / Chronic Fatigue
• TMJD, Migraine, Tensional and sinus headaches
• Post-surgical soft tissue pain Idiopathic edema and lymphatic dysfunction following injury
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Lasting effects of Closed-Head Injuries, having a structural basis
• Muscle, tendon or ligament strains, ankle, elbow, knee (i.e. which may lend to future meniscal injury)
• Structural and soft-tissue effects of motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries
• Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
• Entrapment neuropathies
• Chronic or acute neck and back pain
• Sacroiliac and sciatic pain
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Some issues of Vertigo
• Dysmenorrheal and Pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain
• Childhood medical issues with structural associations, such as Autism and ADHD
• Infant Colic and recurrent Otitis Media
• Birth Trauma (often involving either a very long or very short labor)
"If you're like most people, you've been going to physicians ever since you were born, but you're unaware that some or all of them could have been osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs. You may not even be aware that there are two types of complete physicians in the United States - DOs and MDs.
The fact is that both DOs and MDs are fully qualified physicians licensed to prescribe medication and perform surgery.
• DOs practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead of just treating you for specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.
• Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
• DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system - your body's interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that makes up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts."
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is incorporated into the training of all osteopathic physicians and the daily practice of many osteopathic physicians. Physicians may specialize and become "Board Certified" in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM).
"Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, the body’s intricate system of muscles, nerves and bones. This advanced training provides DOs with a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, DOs bring an important dimension to standard medical care."
"Our son Cameron was just 6 months old and had already been through 13 courses of antibiotics for his ear infections. Our doctor explained that surgery to put in ear drainage tubes was the only next step to ease pain.
By chance while visiting friends in Seattle, they suggested Dr. Landrum as an alternative. We were skeptical since even lying down for a diaper change was painful to his ears, but he laid there for 30 minutes calmed by Dr. Landrum's comforting approach. What Mike (Dr. Landrum) did was invisible to us but we saw the relief on Cameron's face as he progressed. That night he slept for 12 hours (the night before he screamed for 6), his appetite returned, and he started to verbalize again.
Returning home, our Pediatrictian and the ENT specialist both said his ears looked perfect and couldn't tell he had any history of infections. He's celebrating his 2nd birthday now and has not had even one ear infection since.
I don't have the words to thank you enough Mike. I am eternally grateful and can't understand why our society marginalizes such a valuable skill that you share so compassionately."
- Robert Bray, Toronto, Canada
This is a testimony submitted by a patient, who desired it to be included in its entirety:
"Dr. Landrum is warm, caring, empathetic and a down to earth professional who by no accident moved to NZ and into my experience of life.
Due to two accidents in the early nineties, I have been suffering with Chronic Pain Disorder and have been severely disabled by anxiety-related issues, following major surgery with colon removal, which had resulted in loss of sensation with bowel function.
Dr Landrum has helped me realise I can be pain free, with perseverance.
He helped me to continue to be proactive with my treatment in stretching, walking and even simply by the way I stand or sit. Mike has also provided me with tools to manage my specific challenges following bowel surgery. He has helped me take steps to gradually reduce meds and trust my own body once again.
Dr Landrum has helped me with self worth and a new sense of direction to pursue, given that I have been "lost and without direction" for quite some time.
Truly a gifted physician, I believe Jesus is alive and works through people like Dr Landrum. In that sense, I could describe that I have been "touched by an angel".
Although Dr. Landrum's visit to NZ was short, I now have the tools to move forward again. Mike, Thank you so much. I'm forever grateful.
I cannot recommend Dr. Landrum highly enough.
Paul Lepper (Auckland, NZ)".
"About 5-6 years ago I began having a problem w/my jaw. If I slept on one side, it seemed to sag slightly out of place. For a while, that was remedied by sleeping on the other side.
On the way back from an extended trip south, the jaw seemed to lock sideways. I could open my mouth only enuf to insert a semi-flattened straw. I called the BC/BS nurse to ask why there was no chiropractor listed on my policy. Was told to see a doctor ASAP--one with DO after name.
Saw my regular doctor (DO) who said she was trained in, but did not practice, manipulation. Referred me to Dr. Landrum, who was new in that office. He put me on examining table, placed his fingers on the back of my neck, and told me my head was not on straight, and there was no use to put the jaw back until that was taken care of. He was there for a few minutes, but I felt no real pressure. Then he put my jaw back in place. I have had no problem with it since.
He measured before and after, and made copious notes.
I returned once, at his request, to show him all was fine.
My neighbor, 56, has a problem with a hip "going out of place." I told her about Dr. Landrum--did not know he was now across the country--and she said she had a good chiropractor who would see her anytime. All I could think of was Jesus asking the guy at the pool if he WANTED to be HEALED. It's amazing how many people choose to live with their problems.
I have an entire family (relatives) that I'm recommending to make a trip to see him. Dr. Landrum is a precious gem among doctors". (Now back in Maine!)
80 yr-old, with 4 month history of hip pain after a fall. following 3rd treatment stated, “No more need for Acoxia, have been off it for a week and do not need because the pain is gone.”
70 year-old, after treatment of chronic knee pain, was able to able to easily bend the knee, and stated, “Where did the pain go?”
10 month old with repeat ear infections, after treatment mother stated, “No more pain, he is eating and sleeping well and was able to tolerate the airplane trip without any distress.”
11 year-old, day after severe motocross accident, had to be supported walking in, was able to walk on his own after first treatment and without pain after several.
Young man in his 20’s with chronic mid-back strain had been to many therapies, stated after the first treatment, “I’ve never had as good as a result! I also have no more headaches! You have magic fingers!”
48 yr-old woman, after treatments, was able to return to work, daily vigorous exercise and hobbies.
I am a 69 year old retiree. Over a year and a half ago I was in an auto accident. The injuries have left me with continual neck, shoulder and total back pain. The back side of my left shoulder joint would start burning and travel down to my hand, then tingling would start in the shoulder joint and go down to my hand, then it all would go numb at any given time day or night. Sometimes an episode would occur minutes after it had just subsided. I have cut my hand while cooking when my arm and hand went numb. My right shoulder just hurt all the time. I could only raise my right hand to shoulder height because of the pain, and was so weak I would drop what I was holding. One time while I was canning, I dropped a large pan of water on the kitchen floor because my shoulders just gave out. I could not turn my head very far in either direction with out pain.
I need to say, I do not take prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs, only in extreme emergencies... like after knee surgery. I do use essential oils, homeopathic and natural remedies.
Since that time I have been seen by numerous chiropractors and massage therapists and an orthopedic surgeon. The chiropractors and the massage therapists only temporarily eased the pain for a few days. One chiropractor I was seeing did get the left shoulder free from going numb most of the time and a neuromuscular massage therapist has me to where it hasn't gone numb for quite a while. I am up and down through out the night with pain. Some nights I jolt out of bed with severe legs cramps, or just be in so much pain, get up and take a homeopathic and apply an essential oil or a homeopathic cream to painful parts of my body. Out of duress I went to my orthopedic surgeon to see what he recommended for my right shoulder. Of course... surgery. But that would leave me with my right arm tied to my chest for a month or so and then therapy, and I would be unable to do much for about three months, with possible good guarantees. I said I would think about it and I did take NSAIDs that he recommended for pain, for about a month. Then I started having stomach problems. I quit taking them immediately.
I was getting so frustrated and angry dealing with the pain that I was thinking about having the surgery when I accepted an appointment with a osteopathic doctor a friend recommended, Michael Landrum. Holy Buckets!
Relief instantly! More range of motion! And there was no racking my back and neck or severe pain after treatment! I couldn't wait for my next appointment in 5 days! The pain has subsided so much with each treatment, and I have had only 4 treatments as of date.
I recommend Dr. Michael Landrum to everyone I know who has an ailment, injury problems or pain. He is truly the most gentle, spiritually gifted physician I have ever been to! My pain is not completely gone, yet. I do know that with Dr. Landrum's treatments I am on my way to recovery, without surgery.
I had been treating chronic Lyme for about 8 months when I got really sick in April 2017. By the time my Lyme Dr told me to see Dr Landrum, I was unresponsive, dizzy with the room spinning 360 degrees constantly, for a month, nauseous, not eating, talking, or walking. I went and saw Dr Landrum and he put his hands on my skull for about an hour and I walked out (with a walker) talking again, though very slowly, and eating and responsive again. After a thorough history he understood I had suffered loss of consciousness throughout the years, 5 times from concussions. He then dx me with chronic traumatic encephalomyopathy. After seeing a neurologist in new York, I was dx with autoimmune encephalomyopathy. Which has a much better prognosis than ctem. Dr Landrum has been able to lesson my headaches and nausea from a seven to a 1 or 2, sometimes taking the headache away completely. I definitely think his work has been vital to my success. It's been 7 months now and I'm able to walk without a cane, slowly. Whereas before I was wheelchair bound. The room has stopped spinning since about July. Now it's more sea sickness than actual spinning. And my speech is starting to come back. I've also been able to eat and put on much needed weight. About 9 or 10 pounds in the last 7 months. He has miracle hands and has been a crucial part to my healing and the team I've been seeing. I'm quite bummed as he's moving across the country.
If you have an opportunity to see him, do it. He has magic "voodoo" hands as I like to say. Thank you for helping me heal.
Article by Dr. Landrum
"The real and desperately required job of the physician in today's world--and more emphatically as the future is bearing upon us all--is that of "healer".
A.T. Still spoke of the need to gain a patient's confidence in order to promote a process of healing.
Our medical era has been given to ever-rising encomiums of praise to the wonders of technological advancements. But the human resource of caring for this world and our fellow inhabitants is too often given a poetic nod and assigned a less pragmatic value. Because of this, it has now become our supreme challenge and sober opportunity to return relevance to the first-principles of the heart, in our motivation in this work we so earnestly approach. As physicians, we are at the diamond-point of encountering life and death. At times, it falls to us to interpret not merely that technical data of the medical mechanism, but also those wider understandings that inform of truth and common cause to the patients we seek to serve.
In my own life, this work has shown me through caverns of wonder in the science and art of medicine. Yet it has most familiarly returned me to my roots of identifying and treating essential human suffering.
Rather than finding myself somehow exalted in my role through the years, I find myself more broken, more needy, more convicted of that common thread that holds us so tentatively together on this wonderful but embattled earth.
As I write these thoughts, there is a sense of "midstream" in my career, but with enough experience to reflect upon, that I can identify with the recollections of those in our number who have traversed the trail and have their own story to tell.
That common thread of "healer" is the strength of the tapestry. It is possible, through the years, that we can become persuaded of less than who we really are and what we have to give.
As an intern, there is the indelible memory of a patient who I had managed for a month, after I had originally admitted him through the Naval hospital ER, with complaints of abdominal pain. He was a retired Navy Chief, spare of words and big of heart. He was dying of pancreatic cancer. As I approached him in morning rounds, I was feeling a sadness beyond usual. He waved my stethoscope away. Taking my hand into his burly grasp, he pulled me close. With tears welling in his eyes, he looked deeply at me. Then came the simple words I will never forget: "Thank you, God, for this fine physician".
Then, there was the mother of a four-year-old girl who was brought with a history of sixteen separate ear infections, since the age of nineteen months. The mother was a young ICU nurse. She explained that she had tried everything she knew: antibiotics, ear tubes, speech therapy, etc. The image I most recall was the pleading look, on a face etched with exhaustion. The child was intelligent, but withdrawn and poorly verbal. She did not look at me. She only interacted with her mother. Fluid levels in her ears were full. I treated her Osteopathically. In four visits, the fluid levels were resolved. Her speech therapist, not knowing of my treatment, was mystified as to why this child was becoming verbal, no longer needing her help. Then, one day, the little girl came with her little brother. He, too, needed some treatment. As I was hamming it up for this new little patient, there was suddenly a peal of laughter. I turned to its source--the little girl was looking at me and smiling... "You'll like my doctor. He's a good doctor", she said to her brother.
Naturally, in the course of our efforts, we forget more of these accounts than we remember. But the knowing that we have done our part, often with a strength outside of ourselves, lets us rest at the end of the day.
There is inevitably a tempering process which follows our efforts, like a great equalizer. It is assigned to disinvest us of lesser dreams. We no longer have the false luxury of self-absorption, which we once took for granted. We are no longer left to be merely medical experts, with the robes of outward respectability flowing around us without creases.
Today, I am less impressed with myself than I was at our white-coat ceremony during that first year in medical school. Yet, as though from a distance, the landscape of career stretches behind me with the cards, letters, commentaries and collective evidences that somehow, through it all, record contributions into the human heart as well as into the medical record. I am more convinced that this is the object of our efforts, our shared sadness, our soaring victories. It is this that is more persuasive of permanence."
Michael A. Landrum, D.O.
Western Maine Family Health Center
16 Depot St, Suite 300
Livermore Falls, Maine 04254
Tel: (207) 897-4345 Fax: (207) 897-2321
Belgrade Regional Health Center
4 Clement Way
Belgrade, Maine 04917
Tel: (207) 495-3323 Fax: (207) 495-3353
Richmond Area Health Center
24 Gardiner Street
Richmond, Maine 04357
Tel: (207) 737-4359 Fax: (207) 737-4412
16 Depot St, Suite 300 Livermore Falls, Maine 0425