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OSTEOPATHY

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Cranial Osteopathy, DO, Doctor of Osteopathy, Manipulation d’Ostéopathie, Manipulative Therapy, Médecin Ostéopathe, Médecine Physique, Osteopathic Manipulation, Osteopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Physician, Osteopathie, Ostéopathie, Ostéopathie C...
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OSTEOPATHY Overview
OSTEOPATHY Uses
OSTEOPATHY Side Effects
OSTEOPATHY Interactions
OSTEOPATHY Overview Information

Osteopathy is a complete system of medicine that uses a wide variety of methods for diagnosing and treating all types of medical conditions. Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still in rural Kansas in the late 1800s. He founded the first school of osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1892.

In the US, osteopathic practitioners (doctors of osteopathy, DO) are licensed physicians who are similar to physicians with the doctor of medicine (MD) degree. Both doctors of osteopathy and doctors of medicine use the same diagnostic procedures and treatments. In addition to these approaches, osteopathic physicians are also trained to use manipulative techniques, such as spinal adjustments. Doctors of osteopathy suggest that osteopathy is different than conventional medicine because it puts more emphasis on a whole-person approach and also stresses preventive medicine.

Osteopathy has one similarity to chiropractic. Both osteopathy and chiropractic are referred to as manipulative therapies because both use hands-on physical manipulation techniques to diagnose and treat some conditions. However, osteopathic practitioners and chiropractors are quite different in other ways.

How does it work?

Osteopathy is a whole system of medicine that uses a variety of techniques and therapies to diagnose and treat medical conditions, similar to conventional medicine. Diagnostic approaches include conventional laboratory tests and physical assessment. Treatments used are similar to those used by medical doctors (MDs). However, osteopathic physicians also use physical medicine including spinal manipulation. Like chiropractors, doctors of osteopathy believe that problems with the muscles and bones (musculoskeletal system) can result in illness. So, specific spinal manipulations are used for some conditions, especially back pain or neck pain. Conventional treatments such as medication, psychiatry, surgery, etc., are also used.

OSTEOPATHY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

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  • Osteopathy is a complete system of medicine that uses a wide variety of methods for diagnosing and treating all types of medical conditions. Treatments include physical manipulation, medication, surgery, and other procedures. Effectiveness depends on the specific therapy used.

OSTEOPATHY Side Effects & Safety

Osteopathy is a complete system of medicine that uses a wide variety of methods for diagnosing and treating all types of medical conditions. Treatments include physical manipulation, drug therapy, surgery, and other procedures. Safety depends on the specific therapy used.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Possible safety concerns depend on the specific therapy used.

Existing diseases or medical conditions: Possible safety concerns depend on the specific therapy used.

OSTEOPATHY Interactions What is this?

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