Osteopathic medicine is founded on the philosophy that the body contains all of the elements necessary for proper health. An Osteopathic physician sees the patient as a whole person, not just the part that is sick. They know that all the parts of the body must work together for health, and what happens to one part effects all the parts. Emphasis is placed on proper structural balance including environmental, emotional, physical, and mechanical stresses.
Osteopathic physicians attend a four year accredited medical school and train in many of the same hospitals as their allopathic counterparts. Their curriculum is the same, but with an emphasis on structural mechanics, preventive medicine, and manipulation.
Manipulation takes many forms, including myofascial release, counter-strain, muscle energy, cranio-sacral, and high velocity thrust. With the aid of manipulative techniques, the Osteopath is able to influence all the tissues in the body including muscle, joints, fascia, nerves, and blood supply. Manipulation improves structural balance, including your circulation and nerve supply, helping your body to heal itself.
Osteopathic physicians are represented in all the specialty fields of medicine and surgery, however, most are in family medicine. Osteopathic physicians are complete doctors who offer their patients something extra.