Cranial Osteopathic Manipulation
Osteopathic Doctors are the pioneers of Wellness Medicine
Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American medical care that was started in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., who was dissatisfied with the effectiveness of 19th century medicine. He believed that many of the medications of his day were useless or even harmful. Dr. Still was one of the first in his time to study the attributes of good health so that he could better understand the process of disease.
In response, Dr. Still developed a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. That philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts. Dr. Still identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health. He recognized the body’s ability to heal itself and stressed preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit.
Dr. Still pioneered the concept of “wellness” more than 130 years ago. In today’s terms, a D.O. evaluates each patient’s personal health risks-such as smoking, high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol levels, stress and other lifestyle factors. In coordination with prescribing appropriate medical treatment, osteopathic physicians act as teachers to help patients take more responsibility for their well-being and to change un-healthy patterns.
Just as Dr. Still pioneered osteopathic medicine in 1874, today’s osteopathic physicians serve as modern-day medical pioneers.
- Osteopathic doctors (D.O.) are primary care physicians and receive the same medical training as medical doctors (M.D.)
- A D.O. practices a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of just treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole.
- Osteopathic physicians focus on preventive health care.
- A D.O. receives extra training in the musculoskeletal system-your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones that make up two-thirds of your body mass. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of the ways that an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect another.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is incorporated into the training and practice of osteopathic physicians. With OMT, osteopathic physicians use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and to encourage your body’s natural tendency toward good health. By combining all other available medical options with OMT, a D.O. offers their patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
Cranial Osteopathic Manipulation Session: What to Expect
What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a method of hands-on diagnosis and treatment that can stimulate and facilitate the body’s natural healing process. During a treatment you will lie down on a table fully clothed. You maybe be asked to change positions. Generally, I use a cranial approach, which is very gentle and relaxing. Positive effects of OMM extend to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems and all organ systems of the body.
After an Osteopathic Treatment
Despite the gentle nature of this work, you may be sore the next day and experience ongoing shifts in the body. Common experiences include spontaneous adjustments, electrical sensations and soreness.
Experiences of this kind generally arise the same or the next day, and the body generally stabilizes by the second day.
Expect to feel subdued or inwardly focused for the first day or so following your treatment. You may be inclined to sleep or rest more. It is best to refrain from impact exercise or hard work for a day or so following your treatment.