Why Choose a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine?
Posted on August 15, 2018 by Family Physicians in Trinity
What guidelines do you use to select a doctor? Many people see the letters “M.D.” and assume that’s enough, but D.O.s, or doctors of osteopathic medicine, offer unique benefits not often seen by MDs.
In fact, doctors of osteopathic medicine have become more sought after for their belief that each patient should be treated as a whole, not merely for one specific disease or injury. Whether you only need regular checkups and preventative medicine, or you are actively seeking treatment and support for a chronic condition, a D.O. can provide the individualized and holistic care that you seek.
The Principles of Osteopathic Medicine
The foundation of osteopathy emerged more than a century ago thanks to the work of Andrew Taylor. Taylor was inspired by his own personal struggles to find a method of medicine that recognized the body as an interrelated system.
Since then, osteopathy has grown into a unique philosophy that emphasizes the whole person and the relationship of all the body’s muscles, organs, bones, and nerves. Overall, osteopathic medicine believes in the body’s core ability to heal itself with the right support, even in the face of challenges.
The Benefits of Using a D.O. For Your Medical Care
According to the American Osteopathic Association, “It makes a difference when your physician is trained to truly listen. To pay more attention to you than your chart. To look beyond the symptoms and take the time to get to know you as a whole person.”
A doctor of osteopathy begins with a focus on prevention of medical problems by gaining a comprehensive understanding of your lifestyle, common environments, and concerns. So much of your health is influenced by your daily actions and surroundings, which is why your D.O knows to carefully consider every factor as he prevents, diagnoses, and treats your medical conditions.
Once prevention is underway, your D.O. uses a range of techniques to promote the body’s natural tendency toward healing. Healing the body might include the use of the latest science and technology, but it also involves alternatives to standard surgeries and pharmaceuticals. Physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bone to help alleviate any physical pain are also common techniques.
To see what a difference a D.O. can make in your life, call (727) 861-7043 to make an appointment at Family Medical Center in Trinity or Port Richey, Florida.