Osteopaths subscribe to the idea that a person’s health is reflected in the body’s structure. The focus of an osteopathic treatment is to restore balance to the body’s motion and tissues, which will allow the inherent healing mechanisms to perform at their best. An osteopath is trained to palpate (feel) subtle changes in a person’s living anatomy that limit these healing mechanisms. It is this fine sense of palpation that makes the osteopath uniquely qualified to perform manual diagnosis and treatment.
Since the focus is in restoring the body’s healing capacity, virtually any condition may be improved by osteopathic treatment of a patient. Specific examples include:
Somatic pain: Back pain, Joint Pain, Sciatica, Headache,
Traumatic Injury, Fibromyalgia
Respiratory: Asthma, Allergies, Sinusitis
Dr. Shapiro treats hundreds of patients with the goal of helping them become quickly pain free.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s) are fully licensed physician as are M.D.s. Both receive equivalent training in the use of medication and surgery. They share the same rights and privileges. The main difference in training is the additional instruction that D.O.s receive in osteopathic principles and practice.