What is Osteopathic Medicine?

 

Over 100 years ago, a doctor named Andrew Taylor Still recognized what today we are only beginning to appreciate the power of -- osteopathic medicine. He focused on the intrinsic ability of the human body to heal itself during a time when advancements like vaccines and electrocardiography were still being discovered. His philosophy was “to find health” rather than disease and he believed in wellness and prevention before modern day programs like Medicare and Medicaid ever mandated it.

Andrew Taylor Still took a bold step in 1892 when he decided to shift medicine back to the basics and formed the first school of osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri.

At its start, osteopathic medicine was a field ahead of its time. It stressed the interconnectedness and self-healing natural processes of the body rather than the direct representation of symptoms.

Traditionally, practitioners of this philosophy, known as Doctors of Osteopathic medicine (D.O.), believed that symptoms in one area of the body can be caused by or indicative of an issue elsewhere in the body. For instance, pain in the upper back might be due to someone’s stature or perhaps due to something entirely different such as environmental factors or psychological stress.

Today, osteopathic physicians are the same as the classic M.D. in that they practice every surgical, specialty, and primary care field. However, in medical school, osteopathic students are provided an additional hands-on therapeutic skill-set known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). OMM can be considered an alternative treatment for nearly every type of pain both in the musculoskeletal system and internally by leveraging and enhancing the anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, etc. a physician uses on a daily basis.

This osteopathic movement is only just becoming more mainstream as words like “alternative”, “wellness” and “holistic care” are now buzzwords sought out by everyone from Whole Food-ers and Yogis to those who have grown cynical of modern medicine.

It is devices like Back2Sleep™ that embody this movement. Back2Sleep gives the therapeutic power back to the patient by providing 3 proven modalities (acupressure, thermotherapy, and compression) which help to promote the body’s own healing process.


In summary, although pharmaceutical treatment is the most common form of therapy, it is just one of many. Alternatives as accessible as diet and exercise and as simple as a deep breath exist ubiquitously.


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