Osteopathic medicine is a popular, more ‘holistic’ approach to medical concerns which thrives on the following concepts:
1) The body is a unit of mind, body and spirit
2) The body is capable of self-regulation, self healing, and health maintenance
3) Structure and Function are reciprocally interrelated
4) Rational treatment is based upon these basic principles
Osteopathic physicians use all conventional methods of diagnosis and treatment including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to treat ailments, but are trained to place specific emphasis on the achievement of normal body mechanics as central to maintaining good health.
Osteopathic medicine provides the benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, making it a whole, pro-active approach to wellness.