Osteopathy is an unconventional medicine founded in 1874 by an american doctor, Andrew Taylor Still. The practice is based on the use of manual techniques for diagnosis and treatment aimed at preserving or restoring the physiological mobility of the various structures of the body who are all interconnected. Osteopathy is based on four founding principles:
The body is considered as an indivisible functional entity within which everything is interrelated. This helps to maintain body balance also called homeostasis.
Homeostasis is the body's ability to maintain and adjust physiological components to a balance. This implies normal functioning of the circulatory system. Osteopathic treatment is therefore based on finding the causes of a disturbance and their normalization in order to restore homeostasis.
Artery is supreme
The first changes that occur when a blockage is present are often circulatory. The obstruction causes a decrease in the irrigation of the tissues and with this an alteration in the delivery of oxygen, nutrients and immune agents to the affected structures
Structure and function
"If the skeleton is even slightly unbalanced, there is an alteration of movement which in turn generates a weakness of the structure". A.T.Still
The structural and functional integrity of the body allows the body to self-regulate and protect itself.
Each anatomical structure has a specific function which may be altered by an unsuitable environment, an incident, intensive activity, or other factors impacting the physical and / or physiological organisation of the individual. Any alteration in the natural mobility of the organs, muscles, tendons, skull structures or fascias would induce dysfunctions which could in the long term turn into pathologies. Manual therapies like osteopathy aim to reduce pain, improve movement and stimulate blood flow to encourage self-healing.