Osteopathy is an established recognized system of diagnosis and treatment, which lays its main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. It is distinctive by the fact that it recognizes that much of the pain and disability which we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease. [Description by General Osteopathic Council, 28th October 1998, United Kingdom] In the United States (where osteopathy originated in the late 19th century) osteopaths are complete physicians, designated by the letters D.O. which stand for doctor of osteopathy and are licensed to practice medicine and surgery and all medical specialties in all 50 states.
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The Osteopathic Home Page
Provides details of research, case histories, articles, and a California practitioner locator.
Osteopathic Medicine and Back Pain
Explains the history and philosophy of the profession, and describes techniques used.
A Comparison of Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation with Standard Care for Patients with Low Back Pain
New England Journal of Medicine article showing similar clinical results in patients with subacute low back pain. (November 04, 1999)
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