A D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) is a fully licensed physician, and can practice the complete spectrum of medical and surgical specialties in the United States.
The D.O. Difference
- D.O.s practice a whole person approach to medicine
- D.O.s receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system. This training provides osteopathic physicians with a better understanding of how an illness or injury in one part of your body can affect other parts.
- OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment) is incorporated into the training of D.O.s. With OMT D.O.s use their hands to diagnose illness and injury, and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward good health.
- The body is a unit, of mind, body and spirit
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
- Rational treatment is based on the understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function
OMT is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, Dr. Vander Pol will move your head (cranium), muscles, and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance. OMT addresses the muscles, bones, lymphatic system, circulatory system, nervous system, viscera, and cranium. The focus in treatment therefore, goes beyond simple spinal alignment, to addressing all of the layers of your body that influence your health, or cause disease.