Osteopathic Philosophy

Andrew Taylor Still, D.O. (1828-1917) founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892. The practice of osteopathic medicine is guided by a holistic philosophy, focused on the patient, with the use of manipulative techniques as a possible treatment modality. Four major tenets of osteopathic medicine include1:

  • A person is the product of dynamic interaction between body, mind, and spirit.
  • An inherent property of this dynamic interaction is the capacity of the individual for the maintenance of health and recovery from disease.
  • Many forces, both intrinsic and extrinsic to the person, can challenge this inherent capacity and contribute to the onset of illness.
  • The musculoskeletal system significantly influences the individual’s ability to restore this inherent capacity and therefore to resist disease processes.

1. Rogers, Felix J. "Advancing a traditional view of osteopathic medicine through clinical practice." Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 105.5 (2005): 255.

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Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Dr. Chang practices osteopathy which is a gentle hands-on treatment for musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Osteopathy consists of a set of manual techniques that are performed on the body when muscles, joints, fascia, or organs are strained or misaligned. There are over twenty technique styles, ranging from thrust (also known as “popping”) to more gentle indirect ones. These strains can be a result of previous motor vehicle accidents as well as from chronic illness or other traumas including sports injuries. She practices cranial osteopathy in addition, which is effective for treating sinusitis, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and traumatic brain injury. The goal of osteopathic manipulation is to encourage your body’s tissues to release the dysfunction and strain patterns so the body can improve blood and fluid circulation, gradually healing itself. When the body can self-heal, lessening of pain is a direct result.

Osteopathic manipulation is useful for treating:

  • Sinus disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Post-partum depression
  • Cognitive dysfunction from head trauma
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Pain from previous accidents and injuries