In the 19th century, the American physician Andrew Taylor Still founded osteopathy, an independent form of medicine.
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy. It considers and treats the human organism in its entire structure and function.
Both diagnosis and therapy are preformed manually by certified practitioners.
The different body systems (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, immune and endocrine systems) are closely interrelated. The body tries to keep all these systems in balance. If there are disturbances or functional limitations in one system, over time various symptoms and pain can occur in other areas as well.
A person's body can successfully compensate for more tensions and blockages than one might think. However, if the balance of this system is overloaded or disturbed, it often results in pain or a loss of function.
The goal of osteopathy is to understand the patient's complaints and, by manually releasing the blockages responsible, to help the body regain its balance and thus its health.