A doctor of osteopathy offers manual medicine such as massage therapy and spinal stimulation as part of treatment, states Mayo Clinic. An osteopathic doctor provides a full range of medical services with a unique approach to patient care, notes the American Osteopathic Association.
A doctor of osteopathy is a fully trained and fully licensed physician who has trained and graduated from an osteopathic medical school, notes Mayo Clinic. A doctor of osteopathy is trained to educate patients on illness and injury prevention by upholding a healthy lifestyle and make a diagnosis based on the whole person and not just on the symptoms alone. These physicians assist the patient’s body to heal itself and can perform osteopathic manipulative treatment, which involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injury, according to the American Osteopathic Association.