Osteopathic Medical Experts
Osteopathy is the medical practice which focuses on the body's natural tendency to strive toward a state of health and homeostasis. The Osteopath is trained to palpate (feel) the body's "living anatomy" (i.e. flow of fluids, motion and texture of tissues, and structural makeup). They address health problems with a non-invasive system of medicine called, "Osteopathic Manual Medicine" in order to restore normal function in areas impaired by trauma, chronic illness, acute health problems, etc. Doctors of Osteopathy follow accepted allopathic methods of diagnosis and treatment but are trained to place additional emphasis on the achievement of normal body mechanics as central to maintaining good health. Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
The Osteopath’s approach emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. In most countries, Osteopathy is a form of complementary medicine, emphasizing a holistic approach and the skilled use of a range of manual and physical treatment interventions in the prevention and treatment of disease. In practice, this most commonly relates to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain. Many Osteopaths see their role as facilitating the body's own recuperative powers by treating musculoskeletal or somatic dysfunction. According to the American Osteopathic Association, the difference between an osteopath and an osteopathic physician is often confused. In the United States.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO’s) are fully licensed medical physicians and surgeons, practicing in all clinical specialties along with their M.D. colleagues . Just like M.D.’s, DO’s practice the full scope of medicine, but with an emphasis on the role of the neuromusculoskeletal system. DO’s practicing in primary care, pediatrics, family, or internal medicine, are trained to have a more empathetic approach to patient care, which has awarded them some level of distinction from MD’s outside the United States. The practice rights of U.S.-trained Doctors of Osteopathic medicine varies.
In the United States, physical or manual treatment carried out by DO’s is referred to as Osteopathic Manual Medicine or Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (both abbreviated OMM). In other countries, manual treatment by Osteopathic physicians is simply referred to as osteopathic treatment. The goal of OMM is the resolution of somatic dysfunction to reestablish the self-regulatory mechanisms of the body. There are various techniques applied to the musculoskeletal system as OMM. These are normally employed together with dietary, postural, and occupational advice, as well as counseling to help patients recover from illness and injury, and to minimize pain and disease. Most Osteopathic physicians view manual therapies as a complement to physiotherapy, and use more invasive therapies (pharmaceuticals and surgery) where necessary.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is an academic degree offered in the United States. It is a graduate-level first professional degree for physicians and sugeons, usually requiring four years to complete. Holders of the D.O. degree are known as osteopathic physicians. DO’s practice this distinct field of medicine. DOs and MDs are the only physician in the United States who are fully trained and hold unrestricted licenses to perform surgery and prescribe medicine.