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OMF of Michiana and the Osteopathic Philosophy

The OMF of Michiana is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to perpetuating the osteopathic philosophy and promoting osteopathic medicine in the Michiana region, which includes southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana.

At OMF of Michiana, we offer a variety of services designed to support our patients on their journey to good health. Our physician database search function is a great resource for those looking for an osteopathic physician in their area. We also offer educational resources on our website and are always happy to answer any questions you may have about osteopathic medicine or our foundation.

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A Brief History of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic medicine is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. It’s based on the theory that manipulation of the bones and joints can relieve pain and improve overall health. Osteopathic medicine is practiced by osteopathic physicians (DOs) who are trained in both conventional medicine and osteopathic principles.

The first DO, Andrew Taylor Still, was born in 1828. He developed his theories about osteopathy after witnessing the death of his three young children from diphtheria. He came to believe the traditional medical practices of his day were often ineffective and even harmful. Instead, he advocated for a more natural approach to healing that focused on the body’s ability to heal itself.

The first osteopathic college was established in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1892. Today, there are more than 35 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. DOs must complete four years of medical school followed by a residency program before they can be licensed to practice medicine.