Osteopath physicians are required to complete at least four years of medical school to be able to practice medicine. They must also be licensed at a state level and some can become board-certified by completing two to six years of residency and the subsequent board certification exams. They are also required to complete an additional three hundred to four hundred hours of hands-on medicine.
Osteopaths dedicate their lives to healing and treating patients via a hands-on approach to ensure that the body can move freely and is able to heal itself in an unrestrained way. Osteopaths have highly developed senses of touch and they perform manual adjustments to their patients' spines and other areas of the body. Osteopaths also test and evaluate a patient's physical and mental abilities and analyze the medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients. They believe that a patient's history of illness and trauma can be found by examining their body structure.
They provide their clients with guidance and information about techniques for at-home techniques to help them relieve musculoskeletal dysfunction conditions. They also recommend changes in the patients' work or living environment to help them be consistent with their needs and capabilities. Osteopaths can specialize in specific areas of medicine such as cardiovascular surgery, psychiatry, geriatrics, etc. Osteopaths use many of the same treatments and procedures as used by other medical doctors.
- Provide clients with guidance and information about techniques for at home techniques to relieve musculoskeletal dysfunction conditions.
- Perform a series of manual adjustments to the spine, or other articulations of the body, to correct the musculoskeletal system.
- Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.
- Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.