Our intention as Osteopaths at Embrace Wellness Centre is to move away from a model of health care that focuses solely on the absence of disease.  Health is much more than eliminating painful symptoms and wellness reaches even further as we strive to achieve optimal wellbeing.  As Osteopaths, we embrace a holistic model of health that incorporates all of the elements that make you whole.  In recent years, the Biopsychosocial model of health has gained momentum as it embodies a much broader context of healthcare.  By integrating biological, psychological and social components into one cohesive framework, holism takes form.  Each piece of the puzzle adds another layer allowing us to delve much deeper and uncover the root cause of disease.

I found this description on a website linked to the American Osteopathic Association on how Osteopathic treatment differs from mainstream thinking.  I think it perfectly characterises how we approach our patient consultations at Embrace Wellness Centre.  I couldn’t say it better myself….

The DO Difference

“It makes a difference when your physician is trained to truly listen.  To pay more attention to you than your chart.  To look beyond the symptoms and take the time to get to know you as a whole person”

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine believe there’s more to good health than the absence of pain or disease.  As guardians of wellness, DOs focus on prevention by gaining a deeper understanding of your lifestyle and environment, rather than just treating your symptoms.

Listening to you and partnering in your care are at the heart of our holistic, empathic approach to medicine.  We are trained to promote the body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing.  We practice according to the latest science and use the latest technology.  But we also consider options to complement pharmaceuticals and surgery.

We are Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine and the way we practice health care is different.  We don’t see patients. We see people.”

http://doctorsthatdo.org/difference