DR. VIOLA M. FRYMANN’S NEW CENTER
Meeting the Osteopathic Needs of San Diego & Beyond
San Diego’s leading osteopathic education, clinical and research provider, Osteopathy’s Promise to Children, is proud to announce its new home is now open. As part of a conglomerate of practitioners and researchers in the field and under the umbrella of “Osteopathic Center, San Diego,” this new facility represents remarkable growth for OPC – a nonprofit organization with a pioneering history. The new, collaborative model and multipurpose facility is a manifestation of a longtime vision held by Viola M. Frymann, DO, FAAO, FCA, and several osteopathic stakeholders in the region.
Osteopathy’s Promise to Children (“OPC”) is a domestic nonprofit corporation organized for charitable purposes to promote and advance osteopathic education, research, treatment, and clinical experience.
While OPC is not an organization of medical providers and does not provide medical treatment, OPC accomplishes its mission through the ownership and maintenance of a first-rate facility, the Osteopathic Center San Diego, as well as monetary, organizational, and administration of osteopathic education, research, and clinical experience programs. OPC activities focus on the field of osteopathy as it relates to children and the internationally recognized and renowned techniques of Viola M. Frymann, DO.
OSTEOPATHIC CENTER SAN DIEGO
OPC’s new facility will unite osteopathic efforts spread throughout San Diego, and will deepen our partnerships with internationally renowned institutions. These collaborations in addition to our ambitious vision will enable OPC to enhance the quality and reach of osteopathic care in the region and beyond.
The following are features of our new Center:
- OPC’s Education and Research Programs and the Viola M. Frymann Education and Research Center —The education and research center was established to promote osteopathic medicine with a specific focus on the use and practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) and Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) to expand the capacity of DO, MD, and other clinical professionals to improve clinical outcomes and patient care.
- Osteopathic Center for Children clinic, established in 1982 by Dr. Viola M. Frymann’s and housed at OPC facilities since 1996.
- Osteopathic Medical Associates clinic, an osteopathic family practice clinic with the thriving practice of six additional local doctors of osteopathy.
What is Osteopathy?
Developed 130 years ago by civil war 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 (DO), apply the philosophy of treating the whole person.
DO’s place particular emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal system. DO’s teach 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.
What is the difference between a D.O. and an M.D.?
A doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) is a fully trained and licensed doctor who has attended and graduated from a U.S. osteopathic medical school. A doctor of medicine (M.D.) has attended and graduated from a conventional (allopathic) medical school. The major difference between osteopathic and allopathic doctors is one of philosophy and skills. The osteopathic medical philosophy holds that: 1) The person is an integrated unit of body-mind-spirit, 2) There is a structure – function relationship in the body [that if the neuromusculoskeletal structures are properly aligned, the related function (physiology) will work optimally.], 3) The body is self-regulatory and self-healing if structure and function are placed in a state of balance or wholeness that the body can heal itself [and the physician’s task to help the body to heal itself – the traditional osteopathic approach is manual medicine that is termed osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT)]. Both M.D.s and D.O.s must complete residency training in their chosen specialties. They must also pass the same or equivalent licensing examinations before they can treat people and prescribe medications.
What is OMT? Hands on Care
Core to the practice of osteopathic medicine is osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT. This system of hands-on techniques most often is applied to help the body structure to optimal alignment, which will help the body to return to physiological or proper function. This in turn may alleviate pain and allow the body to heal itself. When appropriate, osteopathic manipulative treatment can complement and even eliminate or reduce the need for drugs or surgery. In this way, osteopathic manipulative treatment brings an important dimension to standard medical care. When OMT is combined with primary conventional healthcare, the combination is called osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). OMM combined with the foundational principles of Osteopathy (including lifestyle changes, nutritional evaluation, and psychosocial considerations) to address health and disease is called Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OP&P).
Who Can Benefit from OMT?
Clinical research on OMT has demonstrated benefit for people of all ages and backgrounds, from infants to geriatrics. OMT has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic low back pain, a number of studies show the benefit of OMT in a variety of musculoskeletal disorders as well systemic disorders like pneumonia in adults and otitis media in children.
Why choose Osteopathic Center San Diego?
Osteopathic Center San Diego will house the not-for-profit Osteopathic Center for Children and Osteopathic Medical Associates San Diego, a private medical practice. The building owned and operated by Osteopathy’s Promise to Children will also house the Viola M. Frymann, DO Research Center, and the educational, training and research programs inspired by Dr. Frymann making the services and programs provided a truly robust and innovative osteopathic healthcare center.
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