What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine?

Developed 130 years ago by physician A.T. Still, osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the United States and brings a unique philosophy to traditional medicine. With a strong emphasis on the inter-relationships of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones, and organs, doctors of osteopathic medicine, or D.O.’s, apply the philosophy of treating the whole person. D.O.’s place particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. D.O.’s believe that all of the body’s systems, including the nervous and musculoskeletal system, work together and that disturbances in one system may impact function elsewhere in the body.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is to provide excellence and innovation in the education of osteopathic physicians. By providing an educational environment that is committed to osteopathic philosophy, principles and practice, we will establish our leadership in the transformation of osteopathic medical education. We maintain our commitment to address the health care needs of the people of Michigan, and, through research, to contribute to the biological, behavioral and clinical science knowledge base fundamental to osteopathic medical education and practice.

Current Events

Dr. Jake Rowan appointed 3rd and 4th year Director

 RowanJake2010   CopyOn November 1st, 2018 Dr. Jake Rowan was appointed within the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) as the new 3rd and 4th Year Clerkship Director. He has been a practicing clinician and Instructor within the OMM Department for 15 years. 

In his new position, Dr. Rowan will serve as a spokesperson for the OMM Department and the College of Osteopathic Medicine regarding OPP and OMM educational matters. He will liaison between students, faculty, our hospital partners, and the college administration. 

Dr. Rowan will ultimately focus on providing faculty and students with information to enhance the student learning experience during their clerkship. 

Health and happiness for the new year

Restore function through osteopathic manipulative medicine. by Jake Rowan.

As we enter the new year I am encouraged by the opportunities that 2016 has to offer. It can be a year of health and happiness. But what is health?

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Why do I get this pain?

MSU’s Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is here to help.

Do you ever wonder why you get intermittent pain in a muscle or near a joint? Perhaps it comes and goes seemingly without a reason? In describing your pain with family, friends or colleagues, do they relate a similar story? Perhaps they even lump your pain into their diagnosis. Most physicians don’t know what structure is causing your pain or why and also tend to lump your pain into a regional diagnosis such as low back pain or shoulder pain.

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Treating the whole patient

Osteopathic medicine possesses several tenets that help to define its philosophy. Among these tenets are: The body is a unit of mind body and spirit. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, and the body has an inherent capacity to heal.

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