man1The profession of Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by a medical doctor living on the American frontier, named Andrew Taylor Still (1827 – 1917).

After losing several family members during encephalitis epidemics, Still was motivated to reconsider the basis for medical therapy to bring them more in line with laws of nature.

Through extensive anatomic and physiological study, Still discovered the significance of living anatomy in health and disease. He realized that optimal health is possible only when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together in harmonious motion. He reasoned that disease could have its origins in slight anatomical deviation from normal.

The work of the osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health is the result of the normal condition.

Still realized that the human being is more than just a physical body. He acknowledged the relationships of the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

As a result of his years of study and the application of his ideas to practice, a sound set of principles were formed for the practice of osteopathic medicine.


The human body is a unit

an integrated organism in which no part functions independently. According to this principle, abnormalities in the structure or function of part of the body may unfavourably influence other parts and eventually the body as a whole.

The body has an inherent capacity to maintain its own health and to heal itself

this principle implies that there must be adequate circulation from all tissues of the body and there must be proper nervous system function in order to coordinate the actions of all of the body's organs and systems.


Structure and function are interrelated

and the musculoskeletal system can reflect changes in and can produce changes in other body systems. Still considered the human body to be a machine. He saw that the musculoskeletal system ( bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues ) was the largest collective system of the body, making us 60 percent or more of the body's mass. Through careful study and experimentation he was able to associate abnormalities in the structural system of the body with signs and symptoms of various diseases. He developed manipulative methods to remove these structural abnormalities to alleviate the patient's illness.

Rational treatment is based upon integration of the first three principles

into the total care of the patient. Thus treatment is based on the principles of body unity, self regulatory and self healing mechanisms, the somatic component of disease, the interrelationship between structure and function and the appropriate use of manipulative treatment.

The first school, the American School of Osteopathy, was founded in Kirksville, Missouri November 1st 1892 by Dr Still where he trained a rapidly increasing number of students. Many people have contributed to the profession. Some outstanding contributors should be mentioned.

J.Martin Littlejohn founded the Chicago College of Osteopathy. He later moved to London where he also founded the British School Of Osteopathy.
Harrison Fryette studied the motion of the spine and of the individual vertebrae.

Fred Mitchell Snr did extensive work with sacral motion and its relation to gait and also helped to develop the muscle energy technique.
Irwin Korr, a physiologist, researched in the field of somatic dysfunction.

Lawrence Jones developed the theories and techniques of strain / counterstrain.

William Garner Sutherland was another student of Still. He developed Cranial Osteopathy and spent many years perfecting its theories and techniques.


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