About Osteopathy

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Osteopathy has been around for over 100 years. It is based on these simple principles:

  • The body is a unit, a whole entity where all parts are interrelated. This includes the interrelationships between the body, mind and spirit.
  • The body can heal itself. We already have the ability to regulate all of the functions of the body from within. Osteopathic treatment helps to support these processes.
  • The relationship between structure and function is very important. All life is in motion and the structure needs to be free to move in order to function well.







Dr Still

 The founder of Osteopathy, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, described it as:

“Osteopathy is a scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the hands of a person of intelligence and skill, who can apply that knowledge to the use of the man when sick or wounded by strains, shock, falls, or mechanical derangement or injury of any kind to the body. An up-to-date osteopath must have a masterful knowledge of anatomy and physiology... By our knowledge of physiology, we can comprehend the requirements of the circulation of the fluids of the body as to time, speed and quantity, in harmony with the demands of normal life.”

Like many clinical investigators of his time, Still considered the patient to be his field of study and spoke of osteopathy as a science, a philosophy, and an art.

Reference: Dr. Still, Philosophy and principles of osteopathy, published in 1892, Kirksville. © Still National Osteopathic Museum Kirksville, USA www.atsu.edu/museum/




Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:10