Roots & Origins

of Osteopathy

Dr. Andrew Taylor Stillthe original Osteopath – established the profession in 1874, Kirksville Missouri. He paralleled the integrity of the human frame to its ability to function optimally; a functional body has the innate capacity to self-heal and self-regulate.

The Osteopath’s life practice is devoted to comprehensive study and application of fundamental truths – anatomy, physiology, mechanics and natural law* – as they pertain to a healthy human frame.

Osteopathy is thus, a structural science. “Disease” is seen as an underlying structural impedance to self-healing self-regulating mechanisms. Unencumbered arterial pathways is the course through which these mechanisms flow.

The Osteopath has his own symptomatology. He seeks the cause, removes the obstruction, and lets Nature’s remedy – arterial blood – be the doctor.

(Osteopathy, Research and Practice, 5)

Structural assessment and diagnosis is achieved through the Osteopath’s highly attuned palpation, with the knowledge that structural abnormalities lay the foundation for physiological discord ie. state of dis-ease. The cure is to adjust the abnormal parts back to normal so that health can be restored ie. state of ease. Gentle, non-invasive, manual treatment is the medicine that facilitates this process.

Anatomy – the body blueprint/ layout

Physiology – the intricate operations that run within the anatomy, communication lines

Mechanics – the physics of motion, lines of force

Natural Law – innate intelligence, the intangible piece