Osteopathic Medicine is a distinct form of medicine with its early roots in the American Frontier. It was founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still during the late 1800’s. The scope of practice of osteopathic medicine is a separate but equal to that of medical doctors. This means that after Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) complete their medical school training, typically after 4 years, and then can specialize in any field of medicine.
Osteopathic medicine is a complete medical system utilizing evidence based medicine with a holistic approach. The basic ideas of this philosophy is:
1. The body is a dynamic unit of function
2. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
3. The body has an innate ability itself.
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is the application of this philosophy with the use of palpation to diagnose and treat dysfunctions of the body’s framework. These dysfunctions may lead to the impairment of arthrodial, neural, lymphatic, and vascular components of the body – which could contribute to pain or disease. The goal of the physician utilizing osteopathic manipulative medicine would be to create an optimal environment for health by treating these dysfunctions, typically with their hands.
The utilization of OMM can be used in a wide array of medical diagnosis. Here at NYIT – College of Osteopathic Medicine we are investigating the effect of OMM can have on patients. Listed on this site are our faculty and their research.
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