What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a hands on manual manipulation taking into consideration the entire body and all of its systems. A “whole person” philosophy of medicine, where doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) endorse an approach that treats the entire person, rather than a specific complaint.
Attention is given to prevention, wellness, and helping the body to heal itself. Because the body is viewed as a single organism or unit, special focus is given to understanding body mechanics and the interrelationship of the body’s organs and systems. A particular emphasis is placed on the musculoskeletal system. DO’s may utilize physical manipulation of muscles, bones, cranial and visceral in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, conventional treatments, drug therapies and surgery to provide complete health care.
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