The practice of Osteopathy is a holistic approach to the body's health and well-being. It focus's on gentle manipulations of the muscular-skeletal system in order to cure pain, and maintain overall health. Osteopathic medicine also balances all the system's of the body, prevents disease processes, and treat's problems area from the root cause. Osteopathic treatment is drug free and non-invasive. It uses the skill of palpation to listen, feel and sense the muscles or systems that is being assessed. Through practice, this skill takes years for the practitioner to develop and master. Along with strengthening the body's muscles and bones, osteopathy it also has a positive effect of the immune, circulatory, and lymphatic system.
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still's goal was to improve conventional western medicine. Dr Still was known as the "Old Doctor" and his methods of practice were not well accepted despite him being able to cure many infectious diseases, epidemics of infectious diarrhea, without the use of any medications or surgeries. A milestone in his career was when he was able to cure the crippled daughter of a prominent Presbyterian minister.
Dr. Still's main descriptions of the body was that is functions as one unit and was self-healing. There is a direct relationship between structure and function within the body. He stated that a change in the body's structure as a result of injury will consequently effect function, such as one of an internal organ. Vice versa, the function of an internal organ, example, due to a disease process, will in turn effect the structure, or the muscular-skeletal system of the body. As you can see, one cannot happen without the other. Dr. Still used various manual manipulations to restore the body's function and structure and assist the body's self-healing process in order to cure diseases and maintain future health.
As the healthcare industry is continuously changing, so is the practice of osteopathic medicine. New research, techniques and recommendations are always emerging to conquer developing diseases and new diagnoses. The practice of osteopathic medicine will continue to grow and develop to keep up with these changes and to further better the overall health of individuals.
Dennis Sehgal, MD
Chief Medical Officer
National Medical Group Inc.
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