Osteopathy is a holistic medicine that focuses on the interrelated relationship of structure and function and is best known as an effective treatment for musculo-skeletal complaints.
Osteopathic health care focuses on treatment of the physical body, the joints, muscles, internal organs, nerves, circulation and connective tissue with ‘hands on’ techniques, such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilization of specific joints and soft tissues.
Osteopathy - is a holistic medicine which perceives a person as a union of body, mind and spirit and cures with special manual techniques. Osteopathy is a medical discipline based on manual diagnosis and treatment of impaired movement within the human body. Impaired movement between different tissues of the body result in impaired functioning of the body, thus causing illness. The founder was an American doctor, Andrew Taylor Still who lived from 1828 to 1917.
On the 22 June 1874 Andrew Taylor Still christened his newly discovered principles "Osteopathy" In 1892, he founded the first school of osteopathy in Kirksville in the state of Missouri (USA). In 1896, the state of Vermont, slowly but surely followed in wake of other states by legally recognizing osteopathy.
One of the fundamental laws in osteopathy and nature is the following: The integrity of a structure governs the function of that structure. This implies that an impeded integrity leads to an impeded function.
Modern day medicine advances daily with considerable new technological breakthroughs. We are able to diagnose and treat problems sooner and more effectively than ever before. The treatment however is based on looking at illness symptomatically, from a cellular point of view.