The Osteopathic Philosophy
A Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) has a complete medical license enabling him/her to practice medicine, surgery, deliver babies and prescribe medicines. D.O.s can specialize in Neuromusculoskeletal (Manual) Medicine receiving extra training in the art and science of human mechanics.
An Osteopathic physician’s evaluation and treatment is based on viewing the body as a whole. He/she looks at how the intergration of the body’s structure (bones, joints, discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves) function with each other within the body’s system. A breakdown of the normal working patterns of the body (unique to each person) cause these structures to dysfunction and become painful.
An Osteopath assesses each patient’s individual normal mechanical working pattern. By gentle manipulation of the bones and soft tissue structures, he/she works to relieve restrictions which may be impending joint mobility, blood flow, nerve function or muscular activity. Through these manipulations dysfunction is reversed and pain is alleviated.