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What is an Osteopractor?

In the competitive market of today’s healthcare providers, patients are more informed. They’re shopping around for a provider who can meet their needs and yield effective results, in a shorter period of time. The days of treating patients with a multitude of passive modalities that produce no significant physiological changes are over. It is becoming more important to master manual therapy techniques, and not only give patients the one-on-one attention they seek, but also to produce greater results in a shorter time period.

As healthcare continues to evolve, Physical Therapists find themselves in competition with many different providers, all looking to capture the “healthcare dollar.” Physical therapists are competing with chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and personal trainers to capture the patient who wants to live a more active, pain-free lifestyle. While all of these healthcare professionals certainly have a role in patient treatment, Physical Therapists are the most qualified to enhance overall lifestyle through injury rehabilitation, strength training and functional movements than these other providers.

Our scope of practice is broader, extending to many areas including, but not limited to:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Balance training
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Work conditioning
  • Ergonomic and postural assessment.
  • Pain management

In particular, manual therapy techniques encompass a wide variety of hands-on treatment: massage or soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, spinal/ extremity manipulation, dry needling therapy, and others.

The Diploma in Osteopractic (Dip. Osteopractic) is a relatively new credential, trademarked by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and Spinal Manipulation Institute. The term Osteopractor literally translates to “bone practitioner”, and Osteopractors are highly trained in diagnosing and treating most neuro-muscluo-skeletal disorders. The diploma is given only to PT’s, MD’s, or DO’s who have completed a rigorous, evidenced-based series of courses including:

  • Certification in Spinal Manipulation or Cert. SMT (series of four courses)
  • Certification in Dry Needling or Cert. DN (series of two courses, fifty-four total hours)
  • Extremity Manipulative Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Differential Diagnosis & Multi-Modal Management of Upper and Lower Extremity Spine-Related Pain Syndromes.

Manipulation of the spine and/or extremities, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), and Dry Needling (DN) therapy are proven techniques in facilitating tissue healing, reducing joint dysfunction and minimizing pain. When combined with an effective therapeutic exercise regimen, these treatment interventions are powerful tools in eliminating functional impairments and reducing disability.

An Osteopractor is very distinct from, and should not be confused with, a chiropractor or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), as neither of these are Physical Therapists. The Osteopractor credential distinguishes those physical therapists, MD’s, or DO’s that have achieved a level of highly skilled, hands-on manual therapy techniques post graduate through the Spinal Manipulation Institute/ American Adademy of Manipulative Therapy.

Dr.’s  Ron, Estee , and Jacob are three of the original  Physical Therapists in the world to earn this prestigious certification.

If you are struggling with pain, contact Advantage Osteopractic Physical Therapy’s experts to make an appointment today! To learn more about Advantage Physical Therapy, and what our certified experts can do for you, email us at ron@advantageptlex.com.