Osteopathy is a system of healthcare grounded in human anatomy and physiology.
It is bound by the principles of natural science, of how the body functions and its interaction with its environment. It is the science, philosophy and principles that define Osteopathy, rather than any particular form of diagnosis or treatment.
The science and principles of osteopathy are applied to a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues. As the osteopath takes the case history, examines, diagnoses and treats the patient, they are using the principles of osteopathy to develop an understanding of the person and their problem. They consider the nature of the condition, how it relates to its surrounding structures, what the vitality of the body system is like, and how the person’s body is functioning as a whole. All of these factors have a bearing on the diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
It is the philosophy and principles of osteopathy that render it unique and different to comparable modes of physical therapy, such as chiropractic and physiotherapy.
The following principles guide the practice of Osteopathy.