Osteopathy: Fundamental Principles


Following the teachings of Still, and concurring with the opinion of great experts, among whom were the American Board of Osteopathic Terminology, we can say with the intention of making a correct definition of osteopathy, a medical therapy based on the theory that the body is a living organism where structure and function are closely related and interaction.

Osteopathy for the disease results because of an alteration in the structure function for conditioning. Osteopathic therapy is based on the restoration of such anomalies through manipulation.

Osteopathic medicine bases its concept on four major principles.

The 1st .- The structure governs function.
2 .- The unity of the body.
3 .- The self-healing.
4 .- The law of the artery.

Thus, we have adequate function of all elements of our body depends on the correct location and normal structural mechanics of our system.

The structure governs function
We know, for example, that some fixated spinal segment causes hypermobility in the next section. This irritates the disc and at the same time affects the spinal nerves, and thereby compromised the proper function of certain organs, muscles, ligaments, etc.. We then see the structure governs function. This principle has a simple nature, but of great importance.

Unity in the Body
The pathological example above shows that the unity of the body is a fact that can not be questioned, and therefore ignored. The close relationship that exists between the different body structures (skeleton, muscles, arteries, ligaments, fascia, etc.). Is important to bear in mind, and thus understood as an osteopathic lesion may trigger other

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