Osteopathy is a manual therapy: skeletal frame and soft tissues (muscles, joints, etc.) are manipulated by hand to promote health (others: pharmaceutical medicine, surgical medicine).
Osteopathy was developed by Andrew Taylor Still in the United States around the end of the 19th century. Since then it has spread to the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. It requires a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as trained hands to palpate and manipulate the body.
The Principles of Osteopathy are:
The body is a dynamic unit of function.
The body possesses the ability to self-heal and self-correct
Structure and Function are reciprocally interrelated
Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of these three.
Treatments are gentle and aim to restore the proper motion of the structures of the body so that proper functioning will follow.