Principles

Key principles of osteopathy

The body is a single, dynamic unit:
The human body is interrelated – biologically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. A change in one area can affect another. A dysfunction in one part of the body (hands, lungs, lower back, etc…) will create repercussions throughout the entire body.

Self-healing and self-regulatory mechanisms:
The human body is designed with numerous repair systems for its defense, regulation and healing.

The interdependency of structure and function:
The body’s structure relies directly upon its function – and vice versa. For example, the prolonged immobilization of a joint will directly affect the joint and its surrounding tissues; and, likewise, pain and restricted range of motion may result.

The rule of the artery is supreme:
When normal blood circulation exists, illness cannot develop. Altered circulation is the happens when there is a loss of the body’s defenses, resulting in favorable circumstances for a dysfunction to develop. This applies not only to the circulation of blood within the arteries and veins, but also of lymph within their vessels, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid and nerves.