Dr Still maintained several foundational beliefs of which osteopathic manual therapy is based on including:
- The body is self-healing and self-regulating and operates as one complete unit. If one area is not functioning optimally, then other areas of the body will attempt to compensate to maintain the highest state of health possible at all times.
- The human body is comprised of distinct parts, the physical, emotional and spiritual – all levels interrelated in harmony.
- Body structure influences the body function. If any structure is out of place, injured or otherwise not working properly, the body will not perform at its best.
- The body has an inherent capacity towards maintaining homeostasis, to defend itself and to self repair however when these mechanisms are disrupted dis-ease may ensue.
- The body’s fluids must be allowed to flow without restriction in order for the body to thrive. Thus unobstructed blood flow, circulation, lymphatic drainage and neurological impulses must be maintained. The arteries are involved in sending nutrients, carrying white blood cells and immune modulators to fight infection, and transport needed oxygen to local cells and tissues. The veins and lymph facilitate removal of waste material from a cell. The nerves are involved in message relay from cell to cell and whole body communication and play an important role in controlling fluids within the body.
“ We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part, but in the whole.” -A. T. Still MD, DO
Osteopathy addresses the whole interconnected structure and function, aiding the flow of fluids, supporting the nervous system and addressing structural adaptations resulting from stress or injury to enhance the function of the entire body. Click here to read about more about the health benefits Osteopathy.