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Richard W. Koss, D.O.,PLLC

When you’ve grown frustrated after seeing multiple physicians who only treat symptoms, but never the root of the illness, seek solace at Richard W. Koss D.O. PLLC. Dr. Richard Koss is a unique, holistic physician who specializes in Osteopathy, a hands-on, non-pharmaceutical branch of medicine that focus on healing the patient’s mind, body and spirit.

Helping Patients Throughout Maple Valley, WA
Achieve Optimal Wellness!

Dr. Koss provides Osteopathy treatment to all ages, from newborns to the elderly by manipulating the patient’s bones, joints and muscles. He focuses on healing patients with their musculoskeletal injuries that include concussions and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ). He also heals chronic conditions such as asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. In just a few visits, Dr. Koss will show you the body’s inherent ability to self-heal and help you achieve overall wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Dr. A.T. Still is the founder of osteopathy. He was born in 1828 in Virginia. His father was a Methodist minister and physician. Early in his life he began an apprenticeship under his father to study medicine and become a physician. Dr. Still became a licensed MD in the state of Missouri and went on to completed additional coursework at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Kansas City, MO. He also served as a surgeon in the Union Army during the Civil War.

During this time period of the mid 1800’s medical treatments were crude consisting of using small doses of poison as medicine, bloodletting and what would now be considered barbaric surgeries. Dr. Still’s life changed when three of his children died from spinal meningitis in 1864. He lost hope in traditional medicine and devoted the next decade of his life to understanding the human body and creating new tools for treating diseases.

A: The primary differences between an osteopathic physician and a chiropractor are their levels of training and philosophy of treatment and practice. A chiropractor is not a fully licensed medical physician, and is not required to have hospital or medical training. The extent of chiropractic practice is defined by statute as “including the diagnosing and locating of misaligned or displaced vertebrae and, through manual manipulation and adjustment of the spine and other skeletal structures, treating disorders of the human body. The practice of chiropractic does not include the use of drugs or surgery, or the practice of osteopathy, obstetrics, or any other branch of medicine.”

A: The primary and most significant difference between the practice of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Cranio-Sacral therapy is the level of training of the practitioner. William Garner Sutherland, DO, introduced his cranial concept in 1929. Dr. Sutherland saw Cranial Osteopathy as a modality of diagnosis and treatment to be provided by licensed physicians as part of a comprehensive osteopathic treatment. As such, it is not merely a therapy, but an integral part of the physician’s overall management of their patient’s Healthcare.

A: The chiropractic perspective is primarily focused on the alignment of the spine, which influence the relationship between the spinal column and the nervous system. The chiropractor endeavors to influence the physiologic function of all of the organs and systems within the body by changing the position of the spinal vertebrae. The chiropractor is focused on alignment of the structure of the spine. In general, most chiropractors use a high force, thrust, technique to change the position of the vertebras although some are been trained in gentler methods. Most chiropractors will also recommend repetitive adjustment on a weekly basis. There is a significant concern and potential detrimental consequence with repetitive thrust adjustments. The ligaments and tendons around the vertebra are the stabilizer of the spine. With the repeated shearing forces, which occur with thrust techniques there can be a long-term compromise to the integrity of the ligaments and tendons. Over time there could be a compromise to the stability of the integrity of the ligaments and tendons supporting the vertebra and spinal column. The only cure that I have found successful in treating long-term chiropractic patients is treating with prolotherapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections, which will help to regenerate the micro tears in the ligamentous structures.

A: The primary and most significant difference between the practice of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field and Cranio-Sacral therapy is the level of training of the practitioner. William Garner Sutherland, DO, introduced his cranial concept in 1929. Dr. Sutherland saw Cranial Osteopathy as a modality of diagnosis and treatment to be provided by licensed physicians as part of a comprehensive osteopathic treatment. As such, it is not merely a therapy, but an integral part of the physician’s overall management of their patient’s Healthcare.

A: Go to the cranialacademy.org website and enter in the zip code of where you would like to find a cranial osteopathic physician.

Under the graduation year is a percent, which indicates the percent that the osteopathic physician practices cranial osteopathy.

It is best to choose an osteopath whose practice is at least 90% OMM (Osteopathic Manual Medicine).

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