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Osteopathy was born over a century ago in the United States, at the hands of Andrew Still. In 1882 he founded the American School of Osteopathy. Later on, in 1917, osteopathy arrived to Europe through J.M. Littlejohn who founded in England the first European Osteopathy School.  In 1957, Paul Geny founded the French Osteopathy School which had to be moved to England years later due to political reasons, giving birth to the European School of Osteopathy.

Osteopathy is a therapeutic discipline, included within the so-called alternative therapies that include a set of specific knowledge based on anatomy, biodynamic and human physiology. It has a holistic idea of the body and its functioning, understanding it as a unit. The body is established by a structure and is set in motion by specific functions. The loss of the self-regulatory mechanisms in the body due to illness of the structure or its function, leads inevitably to pathological conditions. Osteopathy facilitates the inherent mechanisms of corporal auto-regulation, allowing the body to recover and thus achieving the return of their modified functions to normality. This translates into a decreasing of the symptoms and a rebalancing of the normal movements of the body’s structure.

Fundamentals of Osteopathy can be summarized to:

A holistic approach to the body. Structure and systems are interdependent and they are linked between them to form a functional unit related to the environment.

Structure and function are related. Function is the activity performed by each of the parts.

The body has self-healing capacity. The body is able to adapt to any pathological situation through the mechanism of compensation.

The Rule of the Artery is absolute. Where blood circulates free, pathology finds very difficult to develop. Any blood flow disturbance will result in a poor blood circulation, provoking toxins to accumulate in the tissues, and enhancing any pathological process. Osteopathy acts on these mechanisms releasing their restrictions.

 

Andrew Taylor Still

Andrew Taylor Still