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Undertsanding Osteopathic Medicine

often get the question, “What is a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)?” A D.O. is fully licensed physician who receives the same training as a Medical Doctor or M.D. They may practice in all fields of medicine. In addition to traditional medicine, D.O.s are trained to use a holistic approach to medicine by incorporating working with their hands to diagnose and treat patients. D.O.s receive special training in the musculoskeletal system.  They spend, on minimum, an extra 200 hours learning how to treat with their hands using osteopathic manipulative medicine. This advanced training provides D.O.s with a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. When appropriate, Osteopathic Manipulation can complement and, in some circumstances, even replace medications or prevent the necessity of surgery. By combining their musculoskeletal knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they can offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

What is Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)?

OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from infancy to the elderly. It may be the answer to help you with tension headaches, muscle pain, whiplash injuries, carpel tunnel or low back pain as well as several other conditions, as it assists your body naturally realign and heal itself. When your body is out of alignment, or you have poor posture, it takes more energy from you as your muscles struggle to keep this imbalanced position and also makes you more prone to injuries as your body mechanics are not smooth anymore.

D.O.s may use techniques such as myofascial release, muscle energy, soft tissue, stretching, ligamentous articular release or high velocity low amplitude to help restore idea body posture. These gentle treatments can help treat and restore muscle and tissue balance, decrease joint restriction and promote overall health and wellness within the body.

At Flagstaff Family Care, we have wonderful group of physicians and physician extenders from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. Our team can provide you with the most comprehensive care available and to help meet your health needs. FBN

By Valerie VanRavenswaay, D.O.

Valerie VanRavenswaay, D.O., is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. To set up an appointment with her or any member of her team, call 928-527-4325 or schedule online at FlagFamilyCare.com.

One Response to Undertsanding Osteopathic Medicine

  1. Leanne March 12, 2019 at 12:58 PM #

    I love my D.O.! She is an OBGYN and an excellent and caring physician, and actually helped my back and knee pain without medication, but with strength exercises in the office. I didn’t have to see a physical therapist or any other kind of doctor or go on pain killers, because she was able to do it all with her hands, in addition to my routine GYN exam.

    My daughter is studying pre-med now and just was accepted to our state D.O. med school in NJ, we couldn’t be more excited!

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