American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Osteopathic Medicine and Your Health


Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, have a deep understanding of how the body's systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others.

They practice their distinct philosophy in every medical specialty and are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.

The DO Difference

Osteopathic physicians believe there's more to good health than the absence of pain or disease. Learn more about their unique approach to medicine.

Health and Wellness

DOs are trained to not only treat illness but to partner with their patients to prevent it. Search our health library to learn more about the osteopathic philosophy. Search for a health topic.

DO Education and Training

From their first days of medical training, DOs learn to see an interrelated unity among all systems of the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness. Learn more about the special training DOs receive.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

Through Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, DOs use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and encourage your body's natural tendency toward self-healing. Learn more about OMT​.​​​​


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