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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Osteopathic medicine is a comprehensive system of health care based on ongoing scientific study and research for the past 120 years, supported by the latest technological advances. Like conventional medicine, training to be an osteopathic physician requires four years of osteopathic medical school, postdoctoral hospital-based training, and national board examinations, leading to licensure equivalent to an M.D. in any of the fifty states. Osteopathic physicians can specialize in any medical field including surgery, obstetrics, neurology, family medicine, and emergency medicine. In our office, we specialize in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). OMM training builds on specialized in an additional two hundred hours of OMM curriculum and detailed application of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, to utilize hands-on treatment techniques designed to direct and encourage the bodyís healing abilities.

Our philosophy of osteopathic medical diagnosis and treatment is to meet the patient where they are and to work with their body to heal injuries and to remove obstructions to health. For example, in the case of back pain, our job is to remove the straw that broke the camelís back. The last straw may have happened to be a fall, preceded by a car accident, or a scoliosis. Each impact weakens the bodyís ability to heal itself, resulting in symptoms and functional loss. For the system to right itself, it requires the help of a skillful physician, exercise to strengthen the core of the body, and altering habits such as posture, ergonomics, and nutrition.

The founding principles of osteopathy determined over 100 years ago include:

Do no harm.

The person is one unit of interdependent structure and function with each part of the body, mind, and spirit affecting every other part.

The body is self-regulatory, producing the substances and components necessary for self-healing.

Appropriate function of each and all body systems depends on unimpeded motion, articulation, drainage, hormonal and nerve stimulation and feedback.

Physicians must help and not hinder restoration of the bodyís maximal function, enhancing wellness and recovery by stimulating the body to utilize its best healing mechanisms.

A rational treatment regime is based on these principles.
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