Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, a civil war era MD, formulated the principles of osteopathy and began teaching them in the year 1874 in the state of Missouri. He opened the first College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO in 1894. There are now 44 Osteopathic colleges in the US and many more in other countries including Canada, throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India and Russia.

The most basic and most important concept in osteopathy is to maximize health. The osteopathic approach is to see all body and mind systems as integral to each other and as a functional whole unit expression of life. We view the individual being as also being an integral part of the natural world around them. An osteopathic treatment takes place when the physician places his or her hands upon the patient and senses deeply into their system, evaluating the health of all the systems including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Osteopaths learn to sense motion in the body. Balanced, synchronous, symmetrical motion implies health and asymmetric, diminished or restricted motion implies disease or dysfunction. The osteopathic concept holds that everyone’s system is always trying to heal itself, always moving towards health in best way that it can. Sometimes the system encounters problems and is not able to realize its full potential for health and well-being. The skill of the highly trained osteopath is to allow the natural healthy balanced motions of the body to become dominant thus assisting the patient’s system to be able to heal itself. Osteopathic medicine has been utilized to treat conditions including, though not limited to, musculoskeletal problems including back pain, neck pain, headaches, injuries and traumas, asthma, menstrual pain, anxiety, vertigo, pregnancy and post pregnancy related pains, chronic ear infections, digestive problems, etc.

Dr. Goldberg’s specialty is Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy as taught by Dr. James Jealous utilizing the principles described by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Dr. William Garner Sutherland, Dr. Ann Wales, Dr. Roland Becker, Dr. Ruby Day and others. The treatment is extremely gentle, quiet and relaxing. In most cases there is no need for overt forceful body manipulations. In most cases patients leave the office after an osteopathic treatment feeling a lot better than when they walked in.