Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are trained in a comprehensive approach to medical care. They understand how all the body's systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others. They focus special attention on the musculoskeletal system, which reflects and influences the condition of all other body systems.
This system of bones and muscles makes up about two-thirds of the body's mass, and a routine part of the osteopathic patient examination is a careful evaluation of these important structures. D.O.s know that the body's structure plays a critical role in its ability to function. They can use their eyes and hands to identify structural problems and to support the body's natural tendency toward health and self-healing.*
*Adapted from brochures distributed by the American Osteopathic Association, "Osteopathic Medicine" and "OMT: Hands-on Care". For more information on osteopathic medicine, contact: American Osteopathic Association, 142 E. Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611. By phone: 1-800-621-1773 or on the web at www.aoa-net.org.