Osteopathy is a system of health care based on manual contact for the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction. It focuses on the health of the individual rather than on the disease, looking for the functional alterations of the body that can result in pain and dysfunction.
The term “Osteopathy” was coined by its founder, the American surgeon Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who at the end of the nineteenth century discovered the relationship between the functional balance of the whole body structure and health. Dr. Still, disappointed with traditional medicine which had failed to save his three children affected by meningitis, developed a new conception of the human body and another way to treat pain and dysfunction.
There are three core principles that provide the foundation of Osteopathy:
- The human being is a dynamic unit of functions, whose state of health is determined by body, mind, and spirit.
- The body possesses mechanisms of self-regulation and self-healing.
- The structure and function are mutually inter-related.
Osteopathy can be effective on people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly to pregnant women. It can be effective in the treatment of various disorders such as: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, arthritis, discopathy, headaches, joint and muscle pain, TMJ dysfunctions, changes in balance, neuralgia, gynecological and digestive disorders.