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Prevention Magazine

TUC Alum, Dr. Daniel Shadoan, is featured in this article about osteopathic medicine and the distinctive philosophy.

June 25, 2015
By: Meehan Crist

No white linoleum or fluorescent lighting here. There's classical music, dark wooden bookcases, a desk disappearing under dog-eared medical tomes. A human skeleton dangles from a metal pole; I reflexively imagine the hollow clackety-clack of jostling bones. Taking off my shoes, I stand next to a padded exam table. Dr. Daniel Shadoan places his hands lightly on my shoulders. I stand straight and breathe deep, wondering what his hands are telling him. Is my weight distributed evenly on both feet? Is one shoulder higher than the other? He asks how I'm feeling, and I say my lower back has been hurting. "Hmm," he murmurs. Shadoan is an osteopathic physician, or DO, and I'm about to receive a treatment known as osteopathic manual manipulation. 

While DOs are often indistinguishable from MDs (they are fully licensed, and can prescribe drugs and perform surgery like an MD), their medical education is rooted in a distinctive philosophy. Like all integrative doctors, osteopathic physicians are taught to encourage the body back toward health using the least invasive measures first. What differentiates their training is this: It focuses on how the structures of our bodies are deeply linked with how healthy we are. The field was founded upon manual manipulation, a therapy designed to improve the flow of air and blood, lymphatic, and other fluids in the body to maximize self-healing mechanisms and improve the function of our brain, organs, and joints. Doctors who practice manipulation, like Shadoan, say they can help a body return to health by adjusting tissues and bones just so. Sounds like a long shot, but there may be increasingly good reason to believe in this touch-centered medical approach.

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