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Osteopathy is a hands-on therapeutic approach that meticulously considers the intricate relationship between structure and function, encompassing both anatomy and physiology. Grounded in a scientific framework and guided by a set of principles, this discipline views the body as a dynamic functional unit. The aim is to free the nerves, arteries, veins, and lymphatics, allowing these vital structures to fulfill their roles within the human body, promoting overall health and preventing diseases.


Recognizing the inherent self-healing and self-regulating capacities of the body, the osteopath's role is to strategically align the structure through manual assessment and treatment. By doing so, the body can tap into its innate healing abilities, fostering a return to a state of health.

Treatment considers the body as a unified whole, recognizing that no part operates in isolation. Osteopathic care aims to eliminate restrictions and open pathways, facilitating the circulation of blood (carrying oxygen, nutrients, waste products, and hormones) and ensuring nerves can reach vital organs and target tissues. Both soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) and hard tissues (bones) are considered to coordinate and integrate the treatment.

An analysis of lines of force helps identify the sources of dysfunction, and the application of mechanical principles is employed to address and eliminate these issues. The osteopath carefully selects the appropriate approach, considering various factors such as the patient's constitution, vitality, health history, mental and emotional well-being, and overall general health. The approach is gentle, appealing to the nervous system, allowing the osteopath to address deep structures without causing discomfort

By applying mechanical principles such as levers and fulcrums, understanding fluid dynamics, and utilizing knowledge of anatomical and physiological relationships, the osteopath can assist patients in the restoration and enhancement of their health


Osteopathy was founded in the late 19th century by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician. Dissatisfied with the conventional medical practices of his time, Still sought to develop a more holistic approach to healthcare. He believed that the body's structure and function are closely interrelated and that maintaining proper alignment and balance within the body is essential for good health.

In 1874, Still established the first school of osteopathy, the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University), in Kirksville, Missouri. He began teaching his principles of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the importance of manual manipulation to diagnose and treat various health conditions.

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Osteopathy gained popularity throughout the United States and eventually spread to other parts of the world. In the early 20th century, licensure laws were enacted to regulate the practice of osteopathy, and osteopathic medicine became recognized as a distinct healthcare profession.

Over the years, osteopathy has evolved and expanded its scope of practice. Today, osteopathic physicians (DOs) undergo rigorous medical training similar to that of allopathic physicians (MDs) but also receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Osteopathic principles continue to guide the practice of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing a holistic approach to patient care that considers the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit.

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