What is Osteopathy?
DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathy. It is recognized as being equivalent to an M.D. D.O.’s must have a college degree before entering osteopathic medical school. Osteopaths learn the same information that M.D.’s learn. In addition, however, they have a philosophy that recognizes that a human being is a unit consisting of mind, body, and spirit, and that in order to effectively treat an individual, all these components need to be taken into consideration. D.O.’s also believe that the body has some self-healing capabilities. Osteopaths learn hands-on healing techniques similar to those used by massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. D.O.’s are residency trained, as are M.D.’s, and can actually attend any residency that an M.D. can attend.
What Is OMT?
OMT stands for osteopathic manipulative treatment (or therapy). It is the hands-on healing used by osteopaths. It can be used to help a wide spectrum of diseases and disorders such as headaches, back pain, neck pain, vertigo, sinusitis, chronic ear infections, pneumonia, and sprains and strains. The types of treatments available is also wide in its spectrum, from “cracking” someone’s back to very gentle techniques. Most good osteopaths will know several different types of techniques and tailor the style used to the individual patient and what their body needs to heal at that time.
Please check the American Osteopathic Association website at www.osteopathic.org.