The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has an on-line search utility on its homepage, that will locate DOs MDs and Dentists (world-wide) who are members of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy. These physicians are dedicated to the principles of Osteopathy as taught by Andrew Taylor Still MD DO, and include the cranial concept in their practice.
The American Academy of Osteopathy also has an online search utility on its homepage, that lists all members of the AAO. These physicians are dedicated to the priniciples of Osteopathy as taught by Andrew Taylor Still MD DO.
Inside the United States:
There are approximately 100,000 Osteopathic Physicians total in the United States today. Most DO's practice medicine or surgery in a manner that is virtually indistinguishable from our MD counterparts. Many Family Practitioner DO's do include at least some basic osteopathic manipulation in their practice.
There are a only a small number of DO's, in the United States, who specialize in "Osteopathy" (Osteopathic Manipulation). Those of us who do specialize in Osteopathy have spent many extra hours developing our skills. Treatment styles vary considerably from physician to physician.
When looking for an American DO who practices Osteopathy, it is important to ask some fundamental questions:
- Do you practice osteopathic manipulation?
- What percentage of your practice is manipulative treatment?
- What style of manipulation do you practice?
- What percentage of your practice is cranial manipulation.
Ideally you want to find someone who specializes in "Osteopathy" (Osteopathic Manipulation). A recent board certification in osteopathic manipulation (NMM/OMM) has been offered. Individuals with this board certification should be highly qualified in practice. My bias is towards finding a practioner who uses Cranial Manipulation with all of their patients, and has received a "Recognition of Proficiency" from The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
Outside the United States
In the early 1900s John Martin Littlejohn came from Great Britain to study Osteopathy with Dr. A.T. Still in Kirksville, Missouri. He and his brothers founded the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Littlejohn then moved back to England in 1913 and started the British School of Osteopathy. Dr. Littlejohn expanded the practice of Osteopathy outside the US, to Europe and Australia, and more recently throughout the world. These Non-Physician Osteopathic Traditions have provided significant contributions to the art and science of Osteopathy.
Though Osteopaths outside of the United States also have a DO degree, they are Diplomats of Osteopathy (vs. Doctors of Osteopathy). They do not train in hospitals, cannot prescribe medications, nor perform surgery. Their focus is the practice of Osteopathic Manipulation.