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.

Advertisements