Osteopathic Philosophy

Ethan

 

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) is a safe, gentle, non-invasive means of re-establishing normal anatomical structure and physiologic function.  If an organ, or the nerve that gives it its innervation is compressed or damaged, the normal physiology of the nerve and the end organ is disrupted, and function is lost.

These anatomic and physiologic considerations become very important when considering the Typical Medical Approach which treats all symptoms as parts of different systems.  For example, a child may be dealing with a variety of issues such as: feeding and latch issues, sleep problems, or  have a high pitched cry and be fussy,  be challenged with asthma, or have a bit of strabismus (cross-eyes), or maybe even suffer with ear infections or motor and sensory delays, or even depression in some cases.  In the typical scenario of the western medical approach the child may be sent for evaluation and treatment to many different doctors (such as ENT, G.I., Respiratory, or Psychiatry) or to several different types of therapists (speech and swallowing, biofeedback, feeding specialists, etc.)

 Some may order many tests, and/or prescribe medications, when, in many cases the OSTEOPATH is able to identify the SOURCE of the problem, thereby eliminating many of the downstream symptoms that DO NOT SEEM TO BE RELATED. 

A bonus is that many other health issues also improve and resolve as the entire body is being properly aligned and fine tuned, perhaps for the first time.  "As the twig is bent, so shall it grow" is a time honored aphorism of this 150 year old medical profession and it's philosophy called Osteopathy.  Structure affects function and function affects structure.

Osteopathic physicians have a long history of recognizing and working with this primary regulatory mechanism of the body, thereby achieving maximal health and wellness.In nature there is unity within diversity.  There appears to be an integrative force, an invisible intelligence, that drives, directs and energizes all life.  This integrative force, sometimes called the chi in Eastern medicine, has no direct equivalent in Western medicine.

This invisible intelligence flows through the body's tissues - through its fluids and its electro-magnetic fields alike. Any physical, biochemical or bio-electric blockages along these body communication systems, impedes the propagation of information, of nervous impulses, blood flow, lymphatic drainage, organ regulation and hormone production.

Dr. Andrew Weil has long been a proponent of Cranial Osteopathy as shown on his web site.  http://www.drweil.com/