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History of Osteopathy
Osteopathy was developed in the 19th century by an American doctor named Andrew Taylor Still who believed that patient care was severely inadequate. He criticized the inadequacies of the medical health care system whilst focusing on exploring the patients natural ability to heal. After losing three children to spinal meningitis he focused his attention on studying the nature of health, illness and disease.
Still combined contemporary philosophical concepts and principals with existing scientific theories and integrated them with his own in-depth findings of anatomy, physics, chemistry and biology to form his new philosophy; Osteopathy. He realised that humans were fundamentally made to be healthy therefore there should be no defect in their structure and function. He dissected many bodies and could find no flaws in the well designed structure of the human body so deemed his hypothesis correct. In Still's view, it is the job of the physician to correct structural disturbances so the body works normally, just as a mechanic will adjust their machine.
The word Osteopathy stems from two words; 'Osteon' meaning 'bone', and 'pathos' meaning 'to suffer'. He reasoned that the bone was the starting point from which he was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions so combining the two terms to form the word Osteopathy.
Although using the bony skeleton as a reference point to his understanding of clinical problems he taught that there is more to the body than the 206 bones, the ligaments, tendons and muscles that attach, but that they can be used as levers to aid the normalisation of the structure and function of all structures in the body, whether bony of soft tissue so including the skeleton, viscera, fascia, arterial, venous and nervous supply.