What is Osteopathy?
There are two kinds of physicians in the U.S.. D.O. (Dr. of Osteopathy) and M.D. (allopathic physicians) Both D.O.s and M.D.s are fully qualified physicians that are licensed to treat patients in the United States.
As education focuses on treatment of the total person, instead of the disease alone. Many D.O.s specialize in Primary Care. Both M.D.s and D.O.s complete the same amount of basic medical education. After medical school both can choose to complete a residency (usually two to six years) in a specialty area of medicine. D.O.s and M.D.s both must past state licensing examinations. Both practice in fully accredited hospitals other facilities.
Osteopathy stresses the central role of the muscular and skeletal systems and normal body mechanics for good health. Manipulation with the hands, the main healing technique of osteopathy is safe and effective. Osteopathic manipulation is proving to be particularly effective in treating lower back pain.
The fundamental principles of osteopathic medicine were formulated in 1874 by American physician Andrew Taylor Still, who established the first osteopathic medical school at Kirksville, Missouri, in 1892. Today 16 accredited osteopathic medical schools and more than 200 osteopathic hospitals operate in the United States.
For more online information about Osteopathy visit the American Ostopathic Association. (Note: This link opens in a new window.)