Often the term Osteopathy is mistakenly
thought of or associated with bone disease like Osteoporosis. “That is a
grave mistake. It is compounded of two words, osteon, meaning bone,
pathos, pathine, to suffer. Greek lexicographers say it is a proper name
for a science founded on a knowledge of bones. So instead of 'bone
disease' it really means 'usage' ” – Autobiography of A. T. Still
Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917), the founder of osteopathy, adopted
the term in 1889 because he reasoned that bone, ‘Osteon’, was
the starting point from which he ascertain the cause of pathological
conditions, and so combined the ‘osteo’ with ‘pathy’ resulting in
OSETOPATHY to designate a new development in the science of medicine. In other words, how changes in structure (anatomy) will affect physiology (function).
After 25 years of thoroughly studying the exact knowledge of anatomy and physiology, Dr. A.T. Still gave to the world the therapeutic healing of osteopathy in 1874. Osteopathy is an American science entrenched in the laws of nature, mechanics, functional anatomy and physiology. Classical Osteopathy strictly adheres to the founders’ original philosophy, authentic treatment principles, and relies on a highly specialized art of palpation (a form of manual contact) for diagnosis and treatment.
Holistic The approach of classical osteopathy is holistic integrating and coordinating the body, mind, and spirit.
“We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part, but in the whole.” – Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy
The approach of classical osteopathy does not rely on external medication but on the body’s natural ability to self-heal and self-regulate.
“Believe that a loving, intelligent Maker of man had deposited in his body in some place or throughout the whole system drugs in abundance to cure all infirmities, on every voyage of exploration I have been able to bring back a cargo of indisputable truths, that all remedies necessary to health exist in the human body. They can be administered by adjusting the body in such a manner that the remedies may naturally associate themselves together, hear the cries, and relieve the afflicted. I have never failed to find all remedies in plain view on the front shelves and in the store house of the Infinite – human body.” – Autobiography of A. T. Still
Preventive The effectivness of classical osteopathy prevents fixed postural tensions which are physiologically abnormal and can lead to disease. Osteopathic treatment help maintain balance, structural stability, and harmonious function of all systems supporting a healthier individual.
“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” – Philosophy of Osteopathy
Curative Osteopathic treatment is precise in improving nerve supply, arterial supply, venous and lymphatic drainage in the individual so healing can begin to reverse the destructive pathological process and reduce or eliminate pain.
“To cure disease the abnormal parts must be admitted to the normal” – Osteopathy Research and Practise
Palliative Treatments are relaxing and help reduce pain when the patient’s life forces have been diminished due to illnesses.
“Sickness is an effect caused by the stoppage of some supply of fluid or quality of life.” - Autobiography of A. T. Still