Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American doctor who believed that everything necessary to sustain human life was already present in the body. His work was developed to assist the body to heal itself by removing any impediments to healthy functions without drugs or surgery.
The word “Osteo” defines as “all living matters” which means all living elements in the body. Dr. Still found impediments and disruptions to the body’s structure would interfere with the body’s function and ultimately lead to disease. Osteopathy uses the application of manual manipulative techniques to improve the release of these impediments and disruptions and restore physiological function.
Osteopathy is complimentary to conventional medical treatments as it assists the body with self-healing. Osteopaths train for five years to use the traditional osteopathic philosophies and principles, while relying on the diagnosis received from medical practitioners to assist in determining the appropriate course for treatment.
The gentle approach of Osteopathy identifies and treats the causes of many different problems on many different levels in the body. The goal of osteopathy is to restore proper position, mobility and vitality to the joints, ligaments, muscles, fascial and craniosacral system.
Osteopathy addresses the different systems of the body i.e. musculoskeletal, craniosacral, myofsacial, lymphatic, cardiorespiratory, circulatory, digestive, and nervous. The integrative treatment of all body systems will in effect optimize auto-regulation in the body for natural healing which in turns will improve the symptoms. It may also acts prophylactically to ensure a synchronous functioning of the basic physiology that keep the body well balanced and healthy.