I decided to become a Doctor in Osteopathy for many reasons. The science behind osteopathic medicine has always amazed me. The fact that it encompasses all aspects of the body and is not a band aide solution is the reason this practice has reached out to me. Although I am already a Doctor of Medicine (MD), my background in sports medicine and the injuries I have attained while growing up helps me understand how osteopathic medicine is so beneficial to each individual. I grew up playing every sport in the book. I was apart of school and provincial teams. This means that I experience and saw other people experience many muscular-skeletal injuries that would effect the quality of performance in our sports. As I grew older and entered the industry of medicine, I realized that the techniques of osteopathy were one of the best ways to heal new and old injuries that I had. I was able to share this information with family, friends and colleagues and was able to witness them getting better and follow their progress to better health. Furthermore, I understood that not only was osteopathy amazing for healing injuries, but it was even better for preventing injuries and diseases to begin with. As a doctor in medicine who aspires to become a family physician one day, my primary focus is to educate my patients on how to prevent diseases and injuries. This would help my patient in maintaining a healier and balanced life style, which in turn would increase life expectancy and increase quality of life as well. The practice of osteopathic medicine directly correlates with my passion as it can be used on the level of primary and preventative health care. Osteopathic medicine also encompasses the idea of upstream thinking. This means that we should be investing wisely for our future and focusing on what can be done to keep people free of disease processes. All of these factors combined is what describes the morals and values that I have been raised with and want to continue to hold forward when practicing medicine. These are also the values that I want to pass on to the future doctor's that I may work with and train, and of course, my patients. I feel that by educating patients and using osteopathic medicine, we will be able to alter the way healthcare is funded and the amount of money used on treating acute and chronic diseases/illnesses. By practicing this way, I hope to collaboratively change the face of healthcare.
The practice of Osteopathy is a holistic approach to the body's health and well-being. It focus's on gentle manipulations of the muscular-skeletal system in order to cure pain, and maintain overall health. Osteopathic medicine also balances all the system's of the body, prevents disease processes, and treat's problems area from the root cause. Osteopathic treatment is drug free and non-invasive. It uses the skill of palpation to listen, feel and sense the muscles or systems that is being assessed. Through practice, this skill takes years for the practitioner to develop and master. Along with strengthening the body's muscles and bones, osteopathy it also has a positive effect of the immune, circulatory, and lymphatic system.
Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still's goal was to improve conventional western medicine. Dr Still was known as the "Old Doctor" and his methods of practice were not well accepted despite him being able to cure many infectious diseases, epidemics of infectious diarrhea, without the use of any medications or surgeries. A milestone in his career was when he was able to cure the crippled daughter of a prominent Presbyterian minister.
Dr. Still's main descriptions of the body was that is functions as one unit and was self-healing. There is a direct relationship between structure and function within the body. He stated that a change in the body's structure as a result of injury will consequently effect function, such as one of an internal organ. Vice versa, the function of an internal organ, example, due to a disease process, will in turn effect the structure, or the muscular-skeletal system of the body. As you can see, one cannot happen without the other. Dr. Still used various manual manipulations to restore the body's function and structure and assist the body's self-healing process in order to cure diseases and maintain future health.
As the healthcare industry is continuously changing, so is the practice of osteopathic medicine. New research, techniques and recommendations are always emerging to conquer developing diseases and new diagnoses. The practice of osteopathic medicine will continue to grow and develop to keep up with these changes and to further better the overall health of individuals.