The osteopathic philosophy of Body, Motion and Mind was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. The Body represents the physical body, the Motion meaning spiritual being and the Mind which organizes the other two using the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smell and touch. He established the profession in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri when he opened up the first osteopathic medicine school. Dr. Still pioneered the concept of wellness by treating each patient as a whole and not just their illnesses or complaints. He believed in fresh air, windows in every patient’s room and exercise by walking around the hospital grounds. The word Osteopathy means bone and suffering, when translated, is a system of healing through scientific knowledge and intelligence of the human body.
The science of Osteopathy is a comprehensive and complete system in its own right. The philosophy, principles, treatment of osteopathy are based upon structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) using manual techniques to adjust the person physiologically. Osteopathic manual practitioners can use any number of techniques like craniosacral, visceral, myofascial, ligamentous and lymphatic in providing individualized treatments. The treatment process can involve work directly on the area of complaint(s) or a distance from the area through indirect influence like musculoskeletal movement or circulatory motion.
Osteopathy is about adjusting and stabilizing a person’s body’s systems to be integrated into its natural healing abilities.
Who can benefit from osteopathic treatments?
Everyone – from babies to seniors.
Conditions included are:
- Anxiety and Stress
- Areas that are congested, swollen or inflamed
- Arthritis – Rheumatoid, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis
- Asthma, Bronchitis, Pneumonia
- Back pain – sciatica, disc problems, sacroiliac joint pain
- Bursitis, Tendonitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Headaches, Migraines, Sinus, Ear problems, TMJ
- Musculoskeletal problems in the pelvis, hips, knees, feet
- Neck pain related to arthritis, impingement, wryneck
- Neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis
- Pediatric problems related to digestion, posture, sleep
- Pregnancy related issues like sciatica, carpal tunnel, digestion
- Scar tissue
- Shoulder – frozen shoulder, impingement, arthritis
- Spinal – Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Scheuermann’s Disease
- Sprain and Strain injuries
- Visceral – organ dysfunctions – menstrual, digestive, lungs, constipation