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Osteopathic Medicine & Manipulative Therapy

"Within man's body there is a capacity for health. If this capacity is recognized and normalized, disease can be both prevented and treated."
- A.T. Still, M.D., D.O.                 
Founder of Osteopathic Medicine 
               


Osteopathic Medicine is a philosophy, a science and an art. Its philosophy embraces the concept that the body is a unit. Its science is based on the foundations of the chemical, physical and biological sciences as they relate to the maintenance of health as well as the prevention and management of disease. Its art is the application of this philosophy and science in al branches of medicine and surgery.

Osteopathic medicine was founded by A. T. Still, M.D., a frontier physician in the late 1800's. After having personal experiences with headaches and pain as well as loosing his family to spinal meningitis, he became disillusioned with the medical practices at that time. Dr. Still developed a philosophy by which osteopathic medicine is practiced. In 1874, the first school of osteopathy was opened.

Health, in the osteopathic sense, is seen as the body's natural capacity to resist and combat adverse influences in both the internal (within the organism) and external (outside the organism) environments. Disease (dis-ease) arises when this natural capacity is reduced or overcome by noxious influences. The osteopathic philosophy truly embraces a holistic approach to health and wellness.


Osteopathic philosophy is based on four key principles:

I.  The body is a unit. A person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
II.  The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
III.  Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
IV.  Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-
 regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function. Altered structure may be
 responsive to osteopathic manipulative treatment.










Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

"The body's musculoskeletal system….forms a structure which, when disordered, may effect changes in the function of other parts of the body. This effect may be created through irritation and abnormal response of the nerve and blood supply to other organs."
- A.T. Still, M.D., D.O.                
Founder of Osteopathic Medicine
               

The following types of OMT practiced by Dr. Carcione are:

    • Active & passive myofascial therapy
    • Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) & neuromuscular therapy
    • High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA)
    • Low Velocity High Amplitude
    • Strain-counterstrain technique
    • Facilitated release
    • Positional release
    • Cranial osteopathy
    • Chapman's Reflex Technique
    • Visceral manipulation
It must be stressed to the patient, that OMT does not define the osteopathic experience or philosophy. Osteopathic medicine does not mean traditional medicine "plus" osteopathic manipulation; as noted, it encompasses a broader, deeper understanding of osteopathic principles to the maintenance and management of a patient's well-being. OMT is not chiropractic or physical therapy. It is a unique blend of manipulation based on traditional medical training and Osteopathic Medicine's distinct principles and practices. Given this, the osteopathic approach truly offers comprehensive, holistic care.

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