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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine/Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine is a traditional “hands-on” diagnostic and therapeutic science. Pioneered in the late 1800's by a medical doctor named Andrew Taylor Still, Osteopathic Medicine is dedicated to the treatment and healing of the entire patient. It is based on three main principles:

1. The body is a whole dynamic unit of function and anything done to one part
can affect the other parts.

2. The body has the ability to heal itself, with an inherent therapeutic power
and constant drive toward health.

3. There is an interrelationship and interdependence between structure
(anatomy) and function in the human body, and knowledge of the details of
that structure allows the Osteopathic physician to effect changes that no pill
can achieve.

History of OMM

AT StillOsteopathic medicine was founded on the Missouri frontier in the 1800’s by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. He was an army surgeon and an abolitionist during the Civil War. He became discouraged with the ineffectiveness of traditional medicine at the time. He saw many people die of serious diseases, including his own wife and three children.

In response, Dr. Still founded a new approach to medicine, with its focus on body unity and the body’s innate ability to heal itself. His study began with the bones, hence the name “osteopathy,” but was not limited to them. He studied anatomy and the nature of health and illness. Dr. Still determined that the musculoskeletal system is central to the patient’s well being. He viewed the body as a highly complex machine and noticed even small alterations in anatomy inhibited optimal functioning. Besides being prone to mechanical disorders, Dr. Still discovered that the musculoskeletal system reflects internal illness and may aggravate or accelerate a disease process in other body systems, such as the circulatory, respiratory, or nervous system. He found that the human body, just like any other machine, required proper alignment to work at its best. With his intense study of anatomy, he developed manual treatments to enhance nature’s own ability to heal.

Today osteopathic physicians continue to use these viable and proven techniques to help every patient function at his or her highest level of efficiency. Often, osteopathic treatments can provide an alternative to more intrusive therapies involving drugs and/or surgery, by dealing directly with the internal conditions that caused the disease in the first place.

Osteopathic Physicians

The role of the Osteopathic physician is to find health and unleash the body’s natural healing potential by removing any obstruction to its normal physiologic processes.

Osteopathic LogoDoctors of Osteopathic Medicine are fully licensed and recognized physicians and surgeons. D.O.s and M.D.s are the only two types of complete physicians in the United States. While attending their own medical schools, D.O.s have the same academic requirements as their M.D. colleagues, however D.O.s receive an additional 500 plus hours of studies in the musculoskeletal system. The curriculum emphasizes preventative medicine and comprehensive patient care, reflecting the osteopathic philosophy.

D.O.s practice in all specialties of medicine, including family practice, emergency medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and surgery. Some osteopaths incorporate osteopathic techniques into their medical practice. A small percentage of osteopaths, like Dr. Macari, pursue osteopathic medicine as their specialty. They understand how all the body's systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They focus special attention on the neuromusculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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