Balance and Musculoskeletal well being.
Richard L. Van Buskirk, D.O., Ph.D.
2900 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
Does FAAO Stand For?
What is the Still Technique?
What is Osteopathic Medicine?
Osteopathic physicians (DOs) use the
same methods of diagnosis and treatment as MDs, but are trained to
place additional emphasis on the achievement of normal body
mechanics to restore and maintain good health.
Treatment of musculoskeletal
problems includes the use of manipulation, as well as use of
medication and surgery where appropriate. Up until the 1970s,
virtually all osteopathic physicians continued to include
osteopathic manipulation as part of their treatment of most
Most people with musculoskeletal
pain, injury or restriction can be helped by neuromusculoskeletal
medicine. Most of Dr. Van Buskirk’s patients have acute or chronic
musculoskeletal pain, including disorders of the muscles, tendons,
ligaments, joints and nerves. Patients include athletes, “weekend
warriors” and victims of motor vehicle accidents.
Headaches, back, neck and hip pain,
whether from arthritis, disc problems or trauma, are commonly seen
and treated. Joint dislocations and problems with thumbs, wrists,
elbows, shoulders, knees and feet are commonly encountered and most
of the time readily treated without resort to surgery. Even
arthritic problems like bursitis and tendinitis are routinely
evaluated and treated. Peripheral nerve problems like sciatica and
carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as some neurological movement
disorders are evaluated, and where necessary referred on to the
relevant medical specialty.
most cases, the intent is to provide an alternative to surgery.
Dr. Van Buskirk seeks to restore the balance, flexibility,
strength, and energy efficiency inherent in the human body.
Dr. Van Buskirk's
The Still Technique Manual was published in 1999 and is
presently the primary text for teaching this technique in
medical schools around the world. Currently in its Second
Balancing the neural and musculoskeletal systems triggers the body’s
own healing mechanisms. Dr. Van Buskirk also uses lifestyle
modifications, exercise and stretch prescriptions, medications and
injections to restore neural and musculoskeletal health. When the
nature of the problem is such as to require surgical or other
specialty intervention, the osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal
specialist refers to patient on to another specialist.
everyone will get great results, but most will get good results,”
Dr. Van Buskirk says. “It is very gratifying to see improvements
immediately and demonstrably. Very few other forms of medicine or
surgery can see dramatic results before the patient even walks out
What Does FAAO Stand for?
FAAO stands for Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy,
which is a doctoral-level honor requiring an extensive examination
and thesis. To date, there are approximately 70 living fellows. My
background also includes a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Duke
University, with eight-years of post-graduate brain and
Neuromusculoskeletal research, undergraduate and graduate teaching a
the University level and at two medical schools.
What is the Still Technique?
The Still Technique is a gentle, non-traumatic and specific
musculoskeletal manipulative method of restoring normal range of
Over 100-years ago, Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., was a physician
and the father of osteopathic medicine, as well as, the found of the
first college of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Still founded a
philosophy of medicine based upon ideas that date back to
Hippocrates. The philosphy focuses on the unity of all body parts.
He identified the musculoskeletal system as a key element of health
and recognized the body's ability to heal itself, stressed
preventive medicine, eating properly and keeping fit.
I was instrumental in the rediscovery and redevelopment of this
manipulative method. In 1999, my text,
The Still Technique Manual,
detailing the rediscovery and its applications was published and is
the primary text for teaching this technique in medical schools
around the world.