What is Osteopathy?

Here are some more thoughts on what Osteopathy is to me that came from an article written during my residency:

1)    “From an osteopathic perspective wellness is not just the absence of disease.  It is a state of optimum health.  The osteopathic physician encourages their patients to live in a way that promotes health on all levels.  This includes suggestions for eating well, exercising and stress reduction.”

2)    Osteopaths emphasize the interrelationship of structure and function and the body’s ability to heal itself.

3)    D.O.’s consider all aspects of a patient’s life, understanding that there are many influences that affect our health.  Things such as exercise habits, physical and emotional stressors, genetics, medical history, environment and occupation all play a role in our overall well-being.

4)    Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (O.M.T.) is a method of working with the patient’s body to restore health.  There are multiple modalities, or treatment types, utilized within OMT, most of which are very gentle.  The goal of treatment is to restore normal function to the tissues of the body.  OMT does not treat disease directly but removes structural impediments to the body’s innate healing ability.  This helps the patient’s body to move efficiently toward a state of wellness.  OMT does not replace medicine or surgery, but can aid both in their effectiveness.  OMT is beneficial for patients of all ages, including newborns.  It can be used to address many conditions including, but not limited to: aches and pains (both chronic and acute), headaches, sports injuries, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and menstrual irregularities, just to name a few.  Patients usually find treatment very pleasant, noting a deep sense of relaxation and relief of discomfort.  Treatment frequency can vary, but many conditions can resolve in one to three treatments.

5)    “OMT can also be valuable as preventative medicine.  By treating someone who is new or returning to exercise and restoring better motion to the joints, ligaments, and muscles we can work toward injury prevention.  Patients can also increase their understanding about how the body works by learning how to spot the warning signs of injury, learning how to become more flexible, and becoming more aware of their body as a whole.”

6)    Like all doctors of osteopathy, Dr. Beck believes in reinforcing the patient’s control over their own health.  By listening to their body and understanding their strengths and limitations, individuals can optimize health.  Using diet, exercise, healthy lifestyle choices, and, when necessary, medication, patients can live their lives to the fullest.

7)    “I’m happy when I can work with a patient and they recognize their role in getting well.  Wellness then becomes a team effort.  Then if they don’t come back to see me, because they are utilizing exercise, diet, and stress reduction to stay well, I know I have done my job.” said Dr. Beck.

For a more in depth explanation, please visit my Osteopthic Vision website.

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