Osteopathy FAQ

Why Choose An Osteopath?

Millions of patients today are turning to Osteopaths as their physicians of choice. They recognize that a DO, doctor of osteopathy (osteopath), offers a variety of non invasive healing treatments not available from allopathic (conventional) doctors. Cranial treatment for infants and babies.
Long before it was fashionable, DOs advised their patients that the “best drugs” are contained in the body’s immune system. So strongly do DOs believe in the body’s innate healing ability that many have devoted years of additional training, after medical school, to specialize in Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) and its subspecialty, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

Are You A Real Doctor?

DOs and MDs are both fully licensed physicians who are authorized to prescribe medication and perform surgery on patients of all ages. Cranial and Cranialsacral treatment.
While attending their own medical schools, DOs are responsible for the same academic discipline as their MD colleagues and receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of the body’s musculoskeletal system. Physicians who wish to pursue this field and become a Cranial Osteopath must train an additional five years in practice just to be eligible for certification testing in this area.

How Does Osteopathy Work?

Osteopaths hold to the common sense principle that a patient’s history of illnesses and physical traumas are written into the body’s structure. It is the Osteopath’s highly developed sense of touch that allows the physician to palpate (feel) the patient’s “living anatomy” (i.e. flow of fluids, motion of tissues, and structural make-up). In more clinical terms, a DO can even detect physical problems that fail to appear on an X-ray. Cranial treatment for infants, babies, and children. Cranial
The Osteopath’s job is to “set” the body up to heal itself. To restore this normal function, the Osteopath gently applies a precise amount of force to promote movement of the bodily fluids, eliminate dysfunction in the motion of the tissues, and release compressed bones and joints. In addition, the areas being treated require proper positioning to assist the body’s ability to regain normal tissue function. This treatment modality, OMM, is even more gently when the principles of cranial osteopathy are applied and can be used to safely and effectively treat infants, babies, children and adults. Cranial and Craniosacral treatment.

What Happens In Treatment?

After a thorough evaluation, the patient lies down on the examination table ready for treatment. DOs treat the dysfunction in the patient’s body taking advantage of the body’s natural tendency to strive toward a state of health and homeostasis. Cranial cranial cranial
Many patients frequently report feeling a deep sense of relaxation, tingling, and/or flow of fluids as their pain is relieved. Cranial
Although treatment varies, the Cranial Osteopath primarily concentrates on normalizing the body’s “mechanism” or put in more clinical terms, The Five Components of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (as pioneered by William G. Sutherland, DO).
Since the late 1800s, DOs have been able to successfully diagnose and treat medical problems with their hands, much to the disbelief of many of their MD colleagues. Craniosacral

How Does The Body Treat Itself?

The rhythmic motion of the brain and spinal cord along with that of normal breathing is transmitted to the rest of the body through the continuity of membranes (dura and fascia). Fascia is literally one piece of connective tissue that lines the body cavities, surrounds all the muscles, organs, bones, vessels, and nerves, somewhat like a large piece of shrink wrap. The fascia is continuous with the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges), thus allowing the different motions (and tension) of the body to be transmitted everywhere. This motion gently pulls and lets go on all the areas of the body in order to work strains and tissue restrictions structurally free. This is enhanced when a person sleeps as the affects of gravity are reduced. Cranial treatment for infants, babies, and children. Cranial

Can You Treat Babies?

All age groups can be safely treated. The minimum age of a patient a DO treats will depend upon their training, experience, and confidence with that particular age group. A DO certified in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) usually is comfortable in treating all age groups and can do so very safely. In fact, Cranial Osteopathy is one of the safest treatment modalities that there is for all pediatric patients: newborns, infants, babies, and children.

How Long Does It Take To Get Better?

A chronic condition often takes years to develop. With this in mind, it stands to reason that it will require time to resolve: the ratio is often one month of treatment for every year of illness. (Although every body has its own time table, this is the average course of treatment). For a patient with an acute problem (flu, muscle strain, etc.), the course of treatment is shorter because the condition is not as deep as a chronic illness. Much is also dependent on a patient’s level of vitality (i.e. immune system). In other words, a patient in generally good health will respond more quickly to treatment than a patient with lower vitality (i.e. weakened immune system). cranial cranial cranial

How Popular Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy has changed the lives of such well-known figures as John D. Rockefeller, Henry Kissinger former presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The growing demand for Osteopathic services among our population reflects an increasing desire by patients to resolve health problems without drugs or surgery. Osteopathic Medicine continues to gain national attention and remains the fastest growing health profession in both the U.S. and abroad. Cranial treatment for babies.

How Did Osteopathy Begin?

Civil War Surgeon Andrew Still, MD (1828 to 1917) founded Osteopathy on the principle that the best way to fight disease was by naturally stimulating the body’s immune system. In the late 1800s, Dr. Still broke from traditional medicine when he decried the widespread practice of purging and leeching. For his efforts, Dr. Still was ostracized from his profession. But, undeterred, Dr. Still spent years developing a healing science that could restore normal function and freedom of tissues through a practitioner’s sensitive manual diagnosis and manipulation of tissues and fluid. He founded a school for osteopaths over the objections of his colleagues. Dr. Still maintains a loyal following of physicians throughout the world. His work has been advanced by several generations of Osteopaths, which includes the founder of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, William Garner Sutherland, DO. Their reward for practicing Osteopathy has been the recovery and well being of many of their patients- babies to adults. Cranial treatment.

What Does Osteopathy Treat?

Treatment is aimed at the structural problems present, not the disease entity. By removing the obstructions to health, Osteopathic Physicians are able to treat virtually any illness or trauma. Their philosophy is the body is a unit whose parts integrally affect each other. Therefore, dysfunction in one area affects other areas as well. For example a young man suffering from pain due to a cervical disc problem wanted to know why his practitioner was spending time treating his legs when it was his neck that hurt. The doctor explained that due to a past traumas the man’s legs was pulling on his neck, restricting its motion, and that unless he freed up the area, the pain would persist. Much to the patient’s amazement, a great deal of his pain disappeared, before his neck was treated. Please see the table below for an abbreviated list of common problems treated. Excellent results with cranial for babies.

How Do I Find a DO?

The Cranial Academy lists DOs specializing in Osteopathic Manual Medicine who have also been trained in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Most treat babies, children and adults. Listings are U.S. and international. Other resources include the American Academy of Osteopathy.

Some common illnesses treated with Osteopathy include:
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Pediatric Problems
Somatic pain
Systemic Problems
Neck Problems
Neurologic Syndromes
Spitting Up
Back Problems
Digestive Disorder
Sucking Difficulty
Genitourinary Problems
Delayed Development
Chronic Infectious Disease
Birth Trauma
Joint Pain Syndrome
Head Trauma
Cerebral Palsy
Traumatic Injury
Post Concussion Syndrome
Learning Disorders
Overuse Syndrome
Respiratory Illness
Ear Nose Throat Problems
Back Pain
Chronic Ear Infection
Groin Pain
Recurrent Sore Throats
Digestive Upset
Frequent Colds