Principles & History

Principals of Osteopathy

The osteopathic philosophy differentiates osteopathy from other manual medicine treatments in that osteopaths treat the body holistically; we look at the body as a whole, not just the area where you are experiencing pain or discomfort. We believe that the body’s structure is inherently related to its function so when your joints, muscles or nerves are not operating properly, your health is compromised. Osteopaths encourage the body’s natural ability to heal itself by restoring functionality and in doing this, help the body return to health and wellness.

History of Osteopathy

Dr Andrew Taylor, an American physician, founded osteopathy in the 19th Century. He was a military surgeon who, during his service, discovered that when he corrected structural problems within the body, the health of the patient improved. It was through this discovery that osteopathy was established and the osteopathic philosophies were born. The first school of Osteopathy was opened in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri.