Founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, Osteopathy is a system of addressing the body as a whole. The term ‘Osteo’ refers to bones and ‘pathic’ to disease as it relates to both the interconnectedness of structure and function. It is the hallmark for eight governing principals, upon which Dr. Still founded Osteopathy:
The body is a unit. Structure governs function. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms. The body has inherent capacity to defend and repair itself. When normal adaptability is disrupted, or environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue. Movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health. Nerves play a crucial role in controlling the fluids of the body. There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the diseased state.
Osteopathy addresses the whole interconnected structure and function, aiding the flow of fluid, the nervous system and structural adaptations resulting from stress or injury.