Osteopathy??

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    Dec 05, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    I have a few times been treated by friends of mine who were learning osteopaths.. Osteopathy is recognised in north america as a branch of scientific medicine, and the guys did a rigorous medical training.... I myself did not notice much difference after the treatments, but that could simply be because my friends were still in training...

    I would like to know, are there osteopaths on here? Could you explain what it does in short? How about people who have had it done? What kind of effects have you had from it?
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    Dec 06, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    To my knowledge osteopathy is both a different approach in kinesitherapy and a spiritual/new age like approach to body.

    The former has some very good points, like thinking about the body globally and not just on the local symptoms, like a lower back issue which can sometime result from ankle problems. Traditional practice would try to fix your back, while the osteopath will likely try to find the source of the problem.

    There is good and bad, personally don't buy the spiritual side, but for all my competing years, I worked on my injuries with a osteopath.
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    Dec 06, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    minox said personally don't buy the spiritual side,


    Hmm, they never made it look or sound spiritual to me in any way
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    Dec 06, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    From my experiences, it's more similar than different from allopathic medicine. For many illnesses, there's usually a most effective treatment that regardless of your teaching will/should be your course of action unless you also have your JD and plan on defending yourself in court often.

    If you have a bacterial infection, I would hope you would be prescribed an antibiotic to treat it (the main cause) rather then just an anti-diarrhea/fever-reducing medication to treat the symptoms.
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    Dec 06, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_of_Osteopathic_Medicine
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    Dec 06, 2010 2:09 AM GMT
    Can an Osteopath bill OHIP in Ontario, in Canada, for their services? I don't know the answer. Chiropractors can't, because the medical community doesn't accept what they do a medical science. It comes down to money every time.
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    Dec 06, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    barriehomeboy saidCan an Osteopath bill OHIP in Ontario, in Canada, for their services? I don't know the answer. Chiropractors can't, because the medical community doesn't accept what they do a medical science. It comes down to money every time.


    In all of North America, Osteopaths are recognised as medical, so your insurance covers them
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 06, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    Calling Dr. Tanbuilt, Calling Dr. Tanbuilt.

    I sent him a note with your question.

    In my state (Missouri is the home of Osteopathic training in the US) there are two teaching Osteopathic Hospitals so a pretty high percentage of practing doctors in the Midwest are D.O's (Doctors of Osteopathy) rather than MD's.

    My experience with D.O's is that their training is much more about prevention and wellness rather than treatment.

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    Dec 06, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    hmm, all my friends did with me was physical manipulation though
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    Dec 06, 2010 11:45 AM GMT
    An Osteopathic physician is a medically trained doctor who is licensed to prescribe medicine and perform surgery. We are trained in any specialty that an MD is trained in. We also take additional classes to learn how to perform Osteopathic Manipulation (similar to a treatment a chiropractor can perform). As a family physician, i have a number of patients that come to me specifically for manipulative medicine. I use manipulation in addition to medicines, if needed, to treat my patients. Many D.O.'s opt not to use manipulation in their practice, depending on their specialty, however all are trained in it during medical school. I hope this helps clarify the confusion.
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    Dec 06, 2010 12:28 PM GMT
    Yup, osteopaths are allopaths with extra abilities. icon_razz.gif
    Osteopathic principles have not been scrutinized as much as chiropractic.
    Seriously though, most DOs don't use their osteopathic skills. The most I've seen in our local osteopathic hospital is a comment in their histories and physicals about the spine but they don't do anything about it in their assessment and plans. There's so much to work on the patient allopathically.
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    Jan 18, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    interesting to see this topic on here. i'm interviewing for both osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) programs, so i've gotten pretty familiar with the similarities/differences as well as strengths/weaknesses of each approach.
  • darryaz

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    Jan 18, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    My doc is a DO and I can't see any difference in her approach from when I was seeing an MD.