Osteopathy is wholistic medicine, based on three basic principals:
- The body is a whole.
- Structure and function are interrelated.
- The body is self-corrective and self-healing.
Osteopathy was developed by an American physician, Andrew Taylor Stills, MD. He practiced and taught medicine in Missouri in the 19th century. Dr. Stills understood the human body as a self-correcting whole with each part affecting every other, as well as the whole. He taught his students about the interconnections and intricacies of the human body. This depth of knowledge and understanding allowed for very specific and effective treatments.