IN THE UNITED STATES
The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
3535 E. 96th Street, Suite 101
Indianapolis, IN 46240
The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has an on-line search utility that will locate DOs MDs and Dentists (world-wide) who are members of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy and include the cranial concept in their practice.
The American Academy of Osteopathy
3500 DePauw Blvd., Suite 1080
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268-1136
The American Academy of Osteopathy also has an online search utility that lists all members of the AAO. These physicians are dedicated to the priniciples of Osteopathy as taught by Andrew Taylor Still MD DO.
There are approximately 70,000 Osteopathic Physicians total in the United States today. Most DO's practice medicine or surgery in a manner that is virtually indistinguishable from our MD counterparts. Many Family Practitioner DO's do include at least some basic osteopathic manipulation in their practice.
There are a only a small number of DO's, in the United States, who specialize in "Osteopathy" (Osteopathic Manipulation). Those of us who do specialize in Osteopathy have spent many extra hours developing our skills. Treatment styles vary considerably from physician to physician.
When looking for an American DO who practices Osteopathy, it is important to ask some fundamental questions:
- Do you practice osteopathic manipulation?
- What percentage of your practice is manipulative treatment?
- What style of manipulation do you practice?
- What percentage of your practice is cranial manipulation.
Ideally you want to find someone who specializes in "Osteopathy" (Osteopathic Manipulation). My bias is towards finding a practioner who uses Cranial Manipulation with all of their patients, preferrably awarded a "Recognition of Proficiency" by The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
IN EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA
In the early 1900s John Martin Littlejohn came from Great Britain to study Osteopathy with Dr. Still in Kirksville, Missouri. He and his brothers were instrumental in founding the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Littlejohn moved back to England in 1910 and started the British School of Osteopathy. Dr. Littlejohn expanded the practice of Osteopathy outside the US, to Europe and Australia. These European and Australian Osteopathic Traditions have provided significant contributions to the art and science of Osteopathy.
Though Osteopaths outside of the United States also have a DO degree, they are Diplomats of Osteopathy (vs. Doctors of Osteopathy). They do not train in hospitals, cannot prescribe medications, nor perform surgery. Their focus is the practice of Osteopathic Manipulation.
Copyright © 2000 Mark E. Rosen, DO FCA
Revised: July 5, 2008