The hallmark of Osteopathic care is the focus on health and wellness as opposed to the conventional disease based approach. A.T. Still, M.D., D.O., founder of Osteopathy, said “the object of the physician is to find health, anyone can find disease.” Osteopathic physicians are trained to look at each patient as an individual and focus their care on the entire person, rather than merely a diseased body system. There are 3 core tenets of Osteopathic philosophy that guide the approach to each patient:
1. Structure and function are interrelated. The body’s physical structure provides the framework for the rest of the body to function optimally. There is a relationship between the body's structure (anatomy) and the function (physiology). When the physical structure is strained or under constant stress, this can lead to health problems in seemingly unrelated areas of the body, including the internal organs.
2. Each person is a dynamic unit of body, mind and spirit. No single element functions separately from the other. At Osteopathic Health of Saratoga, we focus not only on your physical structure, but on all aspects of the body, mind and spirit.
3. The body has the ability to heal itself. Osteopathic physicians realize that health is the natural state for all living beings. If the body is injured or becomes ill, it has the inherent ability to heal itself. We work with the natural healing forces within your body. Our goal is to support your self-healing mechanism making our healing approach gentle, compassionate and extremely effective.