Osteopathy: Osteopathic medicine is a system of health care based on the premise that disease is the result of the relationship between anatomical structure and physiological function. Structure and function are considered interdependent and a normally functioning musculoskeletal system plays an important role in wellness, disease prevention and recover. Osteopathic physicians may use all accepted medical means including surgery, drugs, patient education and manipulation of the body.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established Osteopathic medicine in 1874. It is the goal of this system to aid the body in healing itself. Although they utilize all of the recognized procedures and modern technologies for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, osteopathic physicians bring a hands-on approach to medicine. In fact, they view manipulation or palpation as an aid to diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, they place an emphasis on holistic medicine, the musculo-skeletal system, proper nutrition and environmental factors.