Osteopaths are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs or surgery by using manual methods of diagnosis and treatment. This is the predominant method of education worldwide outside of the USA. An Osteopath in this context is different from an Osteopathic physician.
What is an Osteopath?
What is an Osteopathic Physician
Osteopathic physicians are educated in schools of Osteopathic medicine and are licensed to an unrestricted scope of medical practice in the USA. This is the only country worldwide offering a recognized medical degree in Osteopathic medicine.
What is Osteopathic manipulative treatment?
Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) follows the theory that imblances in the human structure contribute or are directly related to the develpment and/or maintenance of disease. The interrelationship between anatomy and physiology is the foundation of Osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths recognize that the human body is self-regulating and self-healing, and will strive fro health if given a chance. Our role is to encourage the body’s reparative mechanisms through manual treatment by converting a physical treatment stimulus into a physiological response, while removing any and all obstacles interfering with the proper nutrition and drainage of the body’s tissues.
Structure and function are interrelated on all levels; that is to say, the shape of something affects how it works and vice versa. The key to health resides in the correction of anatomical deviations that interfere with nerve impulses and the free, unimpeded flow of blood and other fluids in the body. Osteopathy endorses the philosophy that osteopaths should focus on treating the patient rather than the disease.