Dr. Still did not claim to have invented Osteopathy, but merely to have discovered it—a truth “as old as the cranium (skull) itself.” He believed that although the tendency in the patient’s body was always to get well—that it contained within it all the necessary mechanisms for defense and repair in the event of a traumatic, toxic, or infectious insult—that such an insult to the structure of the body would impair its ability to function and exert an abnormal influence on the patient as a whole. He further emphasized the importance of structural mobility and flexibility so that the forces within the patient would be free to manifest the inherent healing process.
Doctors of osteopathy (D.O.s) who still utilize the hands-on approach that Dr. Still created are rare today—probably less than 1,000 of the 85,000 Osteopaths in practice today—and employ gentle techniques to skillfully restore structural integrity to a body once it has become deranged. As a result, health is able to express itself more fully, promoting the resolution of pain and illness, and preventing disease. These principles, espoused over 120 years ago yet still valid today, created the foundation of a science of medicine with a truly different perspective. As Dr. Still said,
Osteopathy is an American born medical approach pioneered in the late 1800’s by a frontier physician, surgeon, civil war officer, and statesman named Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917). Dr. Still’s disdain of the orthodox medical practices of his day stemmed from his first-hand experience of their ineffectiveness—suffering the tragic loss of three of his children to meningitis—as well as their potential for harm—many medical remedies of the day were highly toxic and addictive. Being a man of great intelligence and compassion, he questioned the approach of traditional medicine and sought an alternative and more effective system of healing. Dr. Still’s intense study of human anatomy along with his belief in the unity of body, mind, and spirit, and in the “power of Nature to cure,” were the seeds of what eventually grew into the science he called Osteopathy.
Dr. Tieri has been in private practice for more than eighteen years and has treated thousands of adults and children suffering from a variety of ailments. He serves as a clinical instructor by teaching the art of hands-on osteopathy to medical students and residents in his office, passing on the tradition of teaching and the skills he learned from his mentors.
Dr. Tieri is the author of the new book End Everyday Pain for 50+; a 10 Minute-a-Day Program of Stretching, Strengthening, and Movement to Break the Grip of Pain (Ulyssess Press, Oct. 2016), and has published articles and editorials on osteopathy and holistic healing in the regional press and in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. He is part owner and partner of the Stone Ridge Healing Arts Center in Stone Ridge, NY, which currently hosts nineteen practitioners offering fourteen different healing modalities, and is an adjunct professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY. Dr. Tieri's hobbies include hiking and skiing in the Catskills Mountains, and practicing karate, in which he holds a black belt.
Dr. Joseph H. Tieri is an osteopathic physician (see About Osteopathy below) and a specialist in the holistic hands-on healing practice of osteopathic manipulation. After completing the four years of medical school required of all osteopaths, and a one-year post-graduate hospital medical internship, he spent two additional years receiving residency specialty training in osteopathic manipulation at St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., treating both inpatients—including patients on the medical floors, ICU, maternity ward, and the newborns in the nursery—and outpatients in the on-campus clinic. Dr. Tieri also spent many months training with osteopathic practitioners one-on-one in their private practices, as the practice of hands-on osteopathy is a subtle art, handed down from generation to generation, best learned in an apprentice-type setting.
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