A holistic approach to medical treatment
Osteopathy believes that most diseases are related to problems in the musculoskeletal system and that the structure and function of the body are related.
It was pioneered in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still.
Still's original belief was that all disease or illness was related to the spine. When nerves from the spine send abnormal signals to the body's organs, it creates problems. He created OMTs (osteopathic manipulation techniques) to treat these spinal problems. OMTs allow the blood to flow freely through the circulatory system and returned nerves to their normal function.
Osteopathy believes in manual manipulation, nutrition, and lifestyle changes over surgery or medication.
Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.s) receive same basic training as medical doctors (M.D.s), but in addition to their training, they learn hands on adjustments of muscles, bones, and ligaments.
A visit to a D.O. would be much like a visit to and M.D however the D.O. would likely do further examinations of the skeletal and muscular systems.
D.O.s can be found in all types of medical specialties (obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, etc.)
OMTs performed by a D.O. are helpful for low back pain, ankle injuries, asthma, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, neck pain, COPD, menstrual pain, depression, IBS, and surgery recovery.
University of Maryland Medical Center