The Foundation for Osteopathic Research and Continuous Education (FORCE)
is a research and education foundation dedicated to advancing the scientific
understanding of osteopathic medicine in the clinical setting.

FORCE was founded in 2011 by leaders of the American osteopathic medical community in recognition of the need for more research in the practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). Patients, educators, professional colleagues, and the public at large seek evidenced-based studies in osteopathic medicine in order to make decisions regarding treatment options in healthcare, as well as, efficient allocation of healthcare resources.

The osteopathic community identified the need for a private foundation in order to generate more research. Most research funding derives from the operating budgets of the American Osteopathic Association and the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Government funding has been limited. FORCE was founded in order to ensure a robust and sustainable future for the science of osteopathic medicine and its unique role in the care of patients.

FORCE is dedicated to furthering the clinical practice of osteopathic manipulative treatment. FORCE is a non-profit corporation, organized under the State of Indiana Business Code and is a 501(c) (3) foundation under IRS code.


1. To identify, develop, fund, and facilitate scientific research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM), and its clinical application of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT).

2. To disseminate the outcomes of such osteopathic research through publication, professional educational offering, and other public venues.


Osteopathic Medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded upon the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated upon one another for good health. This philosophy was first articulated by, the founder of the osteopathic profession, Andrew Taylor Still, MD, in 1874, who pioneered the concept of introducing engineering principles into a scientific understanding of illness and health.

Osteopathic physicians are fully qualified physicians and surgeons in the U.S., who employ all the knowledge and tools of scientific medicine into a fully integrated concept that acknowledges body, mind and spirit.

The American Osteopathic Association adopted these four tenets of osteopathic medicine:

  1. The human being is a dynamic unit of function.
  2. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms that are self-healing in nature.
  3. Structure and function are interrelated at all levels.
  4. Rational treatment is based on these principles.

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OMM is the application of osteopathic philosophy, structural diagnosis and use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in the diagnosis and management of the health and disease in the patient.

Structural diagnosis involves an understanding of physics and dynamics as it relates to an individual’s anatomy. Function requires an understanding of the physiology of both health and disease. Osteopathic physicians utilize manipulative treatment to address both components of patient care.

“Osteopathic philosophy emphasizes, among other principles, the integration of the body by its communication and regulatory mechanisms; the inherent health-maintaining, defensive and healing powers of the body; the special place of the musculoskeletal system among the organ systems; the approach to the person rather than the complaint or the disease; and the emphasis on promoting health as well as combating disease…”

Irwin Korr, Phd

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