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The Osteopathic Concept

In 1981, American osteopaths formulated this definition for Osteopathy and the Osteopathic Concept based on Andrew Taylor Still’s Philosophy:

"A system of health care founded by Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) and based on the theory that the body is capable of making its own remedies against disease and other toxic conditions when in normal structural relationship and [when it] has favorable environmental conditions and adequate nutrition. It utilizes generally accepted physical pharmacology, and surgical methods of diagnosis and therapy, while placing strong emphasis on the importance of body mechanics and manipulative methods to detect and correct faulty structure and function"

Osteopathic Medicine is a philosophy of health care and a distinctive art, supported by expanding scientific knowledge.

Its Philosophy embraces the concept of the unity of the living organism's structure (anatomy) and function (physiology). Its specificity consists in using a therapeutic mode. aiming at reharmonizing the motility and fluctuation relations of the anatomic structures.

Its Art is the application of the philosophy in the practice of medicine and surgery in all its branches and specialities.

Its Science includes the behavioral, chemical, physical, spiritual and biological knowledge related to the establishment and maintenance of health as well as the prevention and alleviation of disease.

Osteopathic concepts emphasize the following principles:

1. The human person is a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit are mutually and reciprocally interdependent

2.. The human body, through a complex equilibrial system, tends to be self-regulatory and self-healing in the face of disease processes.

3. Adequate function of the body systems depends upon the unimpeded circulatory mechanisms, nerve impulses, and neurotrophic influences.

4. A rational treatment regimen is based on this philosophy and these principles.


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