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Osteopathic medicine has been around since the late 19th century brought about by the founder of osteopathic practice Andrew Taylor Still. However, osteopathic philosophy precepts were not developed until 1953 with four defining principles set:
The human body does not function as a collection of separate parts but rather as an integral whole.
Any body part performs a function dictated by its structure.
Hormonal, circulatory and neurological balances regulate the body’s organs and musculoskeletal system.
The Immune system!
There are other philosophies that were developed later on such as “When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue” and “Rational treatment is based on the previous principles”
Of course, this is an extremely brief explanation of osteopathic philosophy but is fundamentally important in understanding how we will look at pain and dysfunction.