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Maria T. Gentile, D.O.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy (ah-stee-AH-pah-thee) is an approach to wellness that focuses on reawakening the body’s inherent capacity for healing.  It is a holistic medical practice pioneered in the late 1800's by a medical physician named Andrew Taylor Still.

Dr. Still (1828-1917) developed a system of health care which incorporated the use of manual medicine.  It is based on the theory that the body is capable of an innate healing ability when in normal structural relationship, when it has favorable environmental conditions and when adequate nutrition is maintained. 

The art and science of Osteopathy are based upon the following principles:

The body is a self-regulatory and self-healing mechanism.

Structure governs function.

All body systems are interrelated.

Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to the treatment and healing of the entire patient. It is a science which has, for more than a century, recognized the fact that the body works as one harmonious system with an interdependent relationship between anatomy (structure),  physiology (function), mind and spirit.  A disturbance in one system can alter the function in any or all other systems.

It’s art lies in the application of its diagnosis and treatment.  The Osteopath is trained in gentle palpation in order to feel the body's "living anatomy." We learn to palpate (feel) the structural form, tissue texture changes, subtle motions and the flow of fluids within the body.  The Osteopath then addresses health problems with a non-invasive medical system known as Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine or Treatment in order to restore normal function in areas impaired by trauma, chronic illness, or acute health problems.  The removal of restricted areas produces free motion that enables the inherent healing systems to work unhindered.



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