|Who Invented Osteopathy?
Osteopathic medicine is a unique form of American
medical care that was developed by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D. Dr. Still 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
In response Dr. Still founded a philosophy of medicine based on ideas that date back
to Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The philosophy focuses on the unity of all
body parts. He identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health.
He recognized the body's ability to heal itself and stressed preventative medicine,
eating properly, and keeping fit.
Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness over 100 years ago. In today's terms,
personal health risks such as smoking, high blood pressure, excessive cholesterol
levels, stress levels and other lifestyle factors, are evaluated for each individual.
In coordination with appropriate medical treatment, the Osteopathic Physician acts
as a teacher to help patients take more responsibility for their own well being and
change unhealthy patterns.
Sports medicine is also a natural outgrowth of Osteopathic practice because of its
focus on the musculoskeletal system, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, diet, exercise,
and fitness. Many professional sports team physicians, Olympic physicians and personal
sports medicine physicians are D.O.s.
How is a D.O. different than an M.D.?
- D.O.s and M.D.s are alike in many ways:
- Both D.O.s and M.D.s complete four years of basic medical education.
- After medical school both D.O.s and M.D.s can choose to practice in a specialty
area of medicine such as psychiatry, surgery, or obstetrics, after completing a residency
program (typically two to six years of additional training).
- D.O.s practice a holistic, "whole person" approach to medicine. Instead
of treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated
- Osteopathic physicians focus on preventative healthcare.
- D.O.s receive particular training in the musculoskeletal system, your body's interconnected
system of nerves, muscles, and bones that make up two-thirds of its body mass. This
training provides Osteopathic Physicians with a better understanding of the ways
that an injury or illness in one part of the body can affect another. It gives D.O.s
a therapeutic and diagnostic advantage over those who do not receive additional training.
- Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is incorporated in the training and practice
of Osteopathic Physicians. With OMT, Osteopathic Physicians use their hands to diagnose
injury and illness and encourage your body's natural tendency towards good health.
By combining all other medical procedures with OMT, D.O.s offer their patients the
most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
|The OHWI Institute
Dr. Sanet believes in the Osteopathic philosophy and treatments which help activate
the body’s own healing mechanisms and guarentees to give 100% of his skill toward
Osteopathy has provided the pathway toward healing many types of illnesses that have
failed other treatments through restoring blood flow and lymphatic flow and enhancing
respiration through the relaxation of body tissues.
OHWI welcomes all licensed practitioners from all countries into its comprehensive
training programs available in North America, Europe, and Asia.