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Osteopathic Medicine

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

osteo1You are more than just the sum of your body parts. That’s why doctors of osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole for truly patient-centered care.

Osteopathic physicians understand how all the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They focus special attention on the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems. This system of bones and muscles makes up about two-thirds of the body’s mass, and a routine part of the osteopathic patient examination is a careful evaluation of these important structures.

D.O.s know that the body’s structure plays a critical role in its ability to function. They can use their eyes and hands to identify structural problems and to support the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing. Osteopathic physicians also use their ears to listen to you and your health concerns. Doctors of osteopathic medicine help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it, too. Millions of people worldwide prefer this type of care and have made D.O.s their doctors for life.

What is OMM?
Estonian Osteopathic Physicians do not prescribe drugs or do surgery. In Estonia, D.O.s practice osteopathic manual medicine (OMM), sometimes called osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT), a hands-on diagnostic and therapeutic technique to correct and prevent disease and injury. OMM is a non-invasive therapy that can be used with or sometimes in place of medication or surgery.

What’s unique about osteopathic medicine?
D.O.s embrace a holistic approach to health care – encouraging healthy lifestyles that integrate body, mind and spirit. They consider all aspects of their patients’ lives – such as family, work, recreation, values, diet, exercise, stress and life events – to provide truly patient-centered care. They emphasize prevention, the relationship between the structure and function of the body, and stimulating the body’s self-healing properties.

Is osteopathic medicine a new form of medicine?
No, the principles and practices of osteopathic medicine were developed by Andrew Taylor Still, a Civil War physician, more than 130 years ago, and his philosophy is now widely accepted and used by many different health care fields today.

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