Osteopathic Medicine: Uses, History, Benefits, Role of Osteopathic Physician or D.O.

Osteopathic medicine is a discrete form of medical practice in the United States of America. Osteopathic medicine offers all the benefits of modern medical science to include medicines, surgery, and technology to identify diseases and assess an injury. Osteopathic Medicine also gives additional benefit of practical diagnosis and treatment through a form of therapy known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. Osteopathic medicine helps a person achieve maximum wellness by concentrating on promoting good health and preventing diseases.

History Of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Medicine is said to be started in the 1800s in Missouri by a doctor who realized that medical practices then often were causing more damage than helping a person. He concentrated on building a system of healthcare that promoted the body's inner ability to heal and called it Medicine Osteopathy, which is now called Osteopathic Medicine.

Uses Of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine is used to help painful joints, increase range of motion, decrease stress on the joints, relieve migraine and tension headaches, it encourages the body to heal itself etc.

Understanding Osteopathic medicine

The body generally takes care of itself to make up for an injury. However there are some instances when the injury is much more than the body's capacity to heal. There can be a number of reasons for the body's inability to heal itself and some injuries, even minor ones, start to cause discomfort. In such instances, treatment becomes a necessity to get the balance back in the body and help the body in being able to use its natural ability to heal itself. Osteopathic treatments are based on making the body able to function properly.

One key aspect of osteopathic medicine is the theory that structure influences function, which means that if there is a problem in a part of the body's structure, then the function in that part and possibly other parts too may be affected.

Role Of Osteopathic Physicians or D.O.

An osteopathic physician is called a D.O.

An osteopathic physician is called a D.O. They are trained to look at the patients as their partners and work together. They take into account the influence that lifestyle and society has on the health of a person and work to overcome the different hurdles and promote better health. They are trained to practice in all sorts of settings, even the armed forces. They are well versed in all specialties right from family practice to surgery etc.

The osteopathic physicians are trained not to consider patients as a group of organs and body parts that have a tendency to get injured but to see them as a whole. They are taught to correspond with people from varied backgrounds.

Benefits Of Osteopathic medicine

Osteopathic medicine is beneficial for

  • Reducing pain in the joints.
  • Increasing range of motion of the joints.
  • Relieving acute pain through noninvasive treatments
  • Decreasing stress present in the joints.
  • Reduces body tension.
  • Helps with migraine headaches.
  • Helps the body to familiarize itself to various changes in the hormones and structure in pregnancies.
  • Treating distress as result of sports injuries or motor vehicle accidents.
  • It helps the body to promote healing.
  • Increases circulation.
  • It also helps in blood pressure control.

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Last Modified On: August 28, 2013

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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