In the United States, there are two fully licensed medical physicians: allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO). The DO completes undergraduate studies, medical school and residency in a particular specialty, just as an MD. Osteopaths are also trained with an underlying holistic philosophy to appreciate each patient as a whole person- consisting of body, mind, and spirit. He uses this ‘whole’ person perspective to create a comprehensive medical plan to achieve your health goals. They look for the health within the patient and work towards ones innate capacity for healing.
The osteopathic physician receives extra training in manual medicine called osteopathic manipulative treatment. These hands on treatments are used by DOs to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, etc. (click here to see common conditions treated with osteopathic manipulation)
The combining of traditional western medicine, a holistic approach and hands on osteopathic manipulation is what makes osteopathic physicians great stewards of healthcare.