Board Certified, New York City Based, Osteopath Specializing in Spine, Pain and Sports Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine Q & A
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic medicine is a holistic form of medicine that is effectively used with most other types of allopathic care. One of the main differences between osteopathic medicine and conventional medicine is the focus on prevention. An osteopathic physician effectively diagnoses and treats many types of diseases, both chronic and acute, but the priority is to maintain a level of health and wellness that helps the body avoid disease and illness. With osteopathic medicine, the practitioner views the person as a whole and strives to involve them in the process to the fullest possible extent. Osteopathic doctors believe that the patient should play an active role in their health care.
What are the Benefits of a Holistic Approach?
The benefits of a holistic approach to health care involve treating the patient as a whole instead of a set of organs and bone. The patient is encouraged to play an active role in all of the health care decisions made about their body and any health conditions they may have. With osteopathic medicine, the doctor uses the body to tell them where the major issues are and will then use other tools to complete the diagnosis. Unlike modern medicine that often focuses on the symptoms, the holistic approach used in osteopathic medicine centers around maintaining wellness and good health on all levels.
What is Osteopathic Manipulation?
Osteopathic manipulation involves palpating areas of the body to determine what is happening within the body. During a manipulation session, Dr. Magyar will “feel his way” around an area to determine if the tissues are soft, hard, weak, or strong. He will physically manipulate a joint to determine if there’s any type of weakness or restriction that is preventing the joint from functioning as it should. It’s important to use these methods to understand exactly what is happening within the body. Dr. Magyar can physically feel the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones as they work, helping him to identify possible causes for a patient’s pain or discomfort. This hands-on technique gives Dr. Magyar vital information patients can’t obtain from other types of diagnostic tests.