Let's talk about osteopathy philosophy!

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Hello! Back to basics today; we’ll talk about osteopathy and some of the philosophy around it. Osteopathy is not only a science, it’s a philosophy! Defining osteopathy and its implications can be challenging; To set a solid foundation to this, talking about the four core principles is a good way to start.

The body is a unit | The first principle is that the body, mind and spirit are three related entities working in a dynamic state.

Structure and function are interrelated | Osteopathy is based on a thorough knowledge of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) and how they affect one another. To make it simple, the principle is pretty much that the structures of the body are designed for a specific function, and that the wellbeing of an individual depends on all the body structures working smoothly together. 

Self-healing ability |The body adapts to the presence of illness or injury via self-regulation and self-healing properties. Osteopathic manual treatment promotes the body’s ability to heal by a comprehensive consideration of a person’s anatomy and physiology.

The movement of body fluid is essential for health | OMT aims to facilitate both vascular and lymphatic circulation through manual treatment and movement.

The osteopathic profession has evolved since its foundation in the 1800s, but the main idea pretty much stays the same. Providing osteopathic care is based on a solid understanding of all the principles cited above and how to effectively apply them in line with the current research evidence. 

We’ll get to the topic of modern osteopathy in another post. If you want to know how osteopathy works and how it can help you …

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