Philosophy of care:
All of my medical training has been based on a philosophy described in
1. The body is a unit and the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
A change in structure will change the function of that structure.
4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
In my practice of using Osteopathic Manipulation (OMT), I increasingly find that the body is indeed an integrated unit with everything connected and affected by every other part. Often the cause of a problem is located in a different part of the body from the symptom, and unless the problem is corrected, the symptoms will persist. One example would be a problem in the ankle which causes strain on the knee and low back with tension possibly extending all the way to the upper back and neck. This could lead to tension headaches, neck pain, low back pain, hip pain, or knee pain. Treating any of the areas of pain without treating the cause may bring temporary relief but the problem remains and the symptoms usually return.
I have found it to be most effective when I gently engage with the natural properties of the body tissues instead of forcing the bones into "alignment". This allows the body structures to return to their natural positions in a more stable state of balance and often resolves the symptoms completely. My examination and treatments include the bones and muscles as well as all of the deeper tissues surrounding the organs in the abdomen and chest in order to discover the real cause and achieve lasting relief.
Osteopathy according to Dr Andrew T Still who first discovered and taught this approach to healing in 1874:
“First, Osteopathy is not a system of movements (techniques).
Second, neither Osteopathy nor its application to the patient is something that can be passed around on a platter. One must delve and dig for it themselves.
Third, its application to the patient must be given by reason and not by rule. Osteopathic physicians must be able to give reason for the treatment they give, not so much to the patient, but to themselves.
Neither am I operating a school to teach a lot of parrots, or turn out just another doctor. The field is already overcrowded with those who for hundreds of years have treated patients by rule rather than reason.”