Healing Patients Throughout Maple Valley, WA and the Surrounding Area
Diseases and illnesses are named and categorized by measurable symptoms. Most people believe that when symptoms are subdued, they’re “cured” or “healthy” again without the cause of the symptom being discovered. Richard W. Koss D.O. PLLC goes above and beyond traditional medicine to address your medical condition.
Founded over 140 years ago, Osteopathy is a philosophy of life that uses anatomical and scientific principles to treat the entire person, not just the spine. One of the main principles is that the body has an inherent ability for self-healing that comes from within the patient. An Osteopathic physician’s job is to remove any hindrances or blockages to health. If all systems are functioning at peak efficiency then chances of getting sick or staying sick are extremely low.
Meet Dr. Richard Koss
Dr. Richard Koss is residency-trained and board certified in the original Osteopathic principles and practice called, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He has been deemed one of “Seattle’s Best Doctors” and was “Educator of the Year” at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. Dr. Koss is dedicated to educating people about the benefits that Osteopathic Medicine has to offer. He provides frequent lectures and teaches all over the United States, Japan, Italy and Switzerland.
In his years of experience, Dr. Koss has seen amazing results achieved from his treatments, but understands that Osteopathy isn’t the answer for everyone. He works closely with other medical professionals throughout the area and is more than happy to discuss and refer patients to alternative practices.
How Does It Work?
The first step to Osteopathy is the careful examination of the patient with the hands, along with any other standard medical examinations. Once the causes of ill health, and or disease have been identified, and the areas of restrictions located, then careful manipulation of the region will help the body recover and restore a healthier situation.
What You Can Expect
An initial Osteopathic treatment usually lasts about 90 minutes and includes a full history and review of all the systems and conditions, a physical exam, and an Osteopathic structural exam. Dr. Koss will typically offer some very specific, yet simple exercises to do. These exercises are more important than the treatment because they are designed to keep the treatment process going for as long as possible.
Follow-up visits are typically every two to three weeks and last about 45 to 60 minutes. They are timed to be when the benefits of the treatment and exercises slows or ends. As things improve the treatments will be scheduled farther apart hopefully to a time where you no longer need treatments.