What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, an American Medical Doctor, living on the Missouri frontier.

Dr. Still diligently researched and learned with varying communities including Native Americans the art of bone setting.  Osteopathy began as a very practical way of treating people by using his hands. Dr Still understood that the human body is more than just a physical body, but is made up of many parts, which function together as a whole and is more than the sum of the parts.

We tend to speak of the body as having various parts, such as the circulatory systems, but each part does not reflect the person as a whole.  It is only through the harmonious functioning of all these parts together that a person is whole and in a healthy state.  The main principle of the Osteopathy that Dr Still described is that if your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons are in good structural balance and are functioning well, then the circulatory and nervous systems can function efficiently.  Osteopathy looks at the body as a unit and uses the muscles and bones as leverage to aid the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

“To find health should be the object of the doctor.  Anyone can find disease.”

“The Osteopath reasons, that order and health are inseparable, and that when order in all parts is found, disease cannot prevail.”  www.osteopathicarchive.org.uk

British Osteopathic Association

General Osteopathic Council

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