Osteopathy was developed by Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century in the United States of America. Osteopathy respects the relationship of mind, body and spirit in the maintenance of health. In Australia, Osteopaths are allied health-care providers who use manual contact for diagnosis and treatment of the whole body.
Osteopathic treatment is based around applying specific principles to try to establish why injury or pathology has occurred and what is slowing or preventing a full and speedy recovery. The principles which guide practitioners were established by the founder of osteopathy and consist of the following:
· The body works as a unit
· Structure governs function
· The rule of the artery is supreme
· The body possesses self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms