With an extensive knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics as its starting point, osteopathy is the science that led to the development of a holistic method focused on treating the patient rather than the pathology. Its aim is not only to eradicate the symptoms, but also to identify and eliminate their source. Thus, osteopathy focuses on identifying hypomobility in the body, that is, joint dysfunctions or areas of the body that are not moving as they should due to a significant degree of limitation or joint blockage.
In short, these are manual techniques that go beyond curing a simple pain: the aim is for the patient to regain organic balance.
The origins of osteopathy can be traced back to the United States of the late nineteenth century, to a doctor and surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still. His work led him to discover and demonstrate relationships between the musculoskeletal system and other organ systems, and, during the period 1870 – 1874, Still began the first clinical osteopathic work. In June of 1874, osteopathy was officially recognized as a medical discipline.
Over the years, this discipline has evolved to encompass three principal large blocks, three major ways in which the principles of osteopathy can be applied.