What is a D.O.?
More Than a Century of Unique Care
Osteopathic medicine
is a unique form of
American medical care
that was started in 1874
by Andrew Taylor Still,
M.D., D.O. Dr. Still was
dissatisfied with the
effectiveness of 19th
century medicine. He
believed that many of
the medications of his day were useless or even harmful. Dr. Still was one of the first in his time to study the attributes of good health so that he could better understand the process of disease. In response, Dr. Still developed a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. That philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts. Dr. Still identified
the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit.
Dr. Still pioneered the concept of "wellness" more than 130 years ago. In today's terms, D.O.s evaluate each patient's personal health risks-such as smoking, high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol levels, stress and other lifestyle factors. In coordination with prescribing appropriate medical treatment, osteopathic physicians act as teachers to help patients take more responsibility for their well-being and to change unhealthy patterns.
21st Century, Frontier Medicine
Just as Dr. Still pioneered osteopathic medicine in 1874, today's osteopathic physicians serve as modernday medical pioneers.
What is Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine(NMM/OMM)?
NMM/OMM is a discipline that focuses on the core tenets of osteopathic medicine: 1. Body is a unit, 2. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated, 3. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, 4. The body has the inherent capacity to defend itself and repair itself, 5. When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body's capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue, 6. Rational treatment is based on the previous principles.
Osteopathic physicians holding certification in
NMM/OMM are likely to focus on your body as a whole to help the restoration of health.
Osteopathic palpatory diagnosis and treatment in the form of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is a common hall mark of NMM/OMM board certification. Viewing the body with an osteopathic perspective often extends diagnosis and treatment beyond OMT. While the cause of a problem could respond to OMT, its detection and treatment may require any means within the unlimited scope of practice of the licensed osteopathic physician.
Board certified NMM/OMM physicians are trained extensively in neuroanatomy, orthopedics, and rheumatology. They are well versed in many forms of OMT such as muscle energy, HVLA, counterstrain, osteopathy in the cranial field, fascilitated positional release and soft tissue.
Osteopathic Oath
I do hereby affirm my loyalty to the profession I am about to enter. I will be mindful always of my great responsibility to preserve the health and the life of my patients, to retain their confidence and respect both as a physician and a friend who will guard their secrets with scrupulous honor and fidelity, to perform faithfully my professional duties, to employ only those recognized methods of treatment consistent with good judgment and with my skill and ability, keeping in mind always nature's laws and the body's inherent capacity for recovery.
I will be ever vigilant in aiding in the general welfare of the community, sustaining its laws and institutions, not engaging in those practices which will in any way bring shame or discredit upon myself or my profession. I will give no drugs for deadly purposes to any person, though it may be asked of me.
I will endeavor to work in accord with my colleagues in a spirit of progressive cooperation and never by word or by act cast imputations upon them or their rightful practices.
I will look with respect and esteem upon all those who have taught me my art. To my college I will be loyal and strive always for its best interests and for the interests of the students who will come after me. I will be ever alert to further the application of basic biologic truths to the healing arts and to develop the principles of osteopathy which were first enunciated by Andrew Taylor Still.