What is Classical Osteopathy?
Classical Osteopathy is a term used nowadays to describe Osteopathy as it was practiced when it was first founded in the late 1800s. It includes all aspects of the body-bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, arteries, veins, lymphatics, connective tissues and organs! Most importantly we look at how these parts of our anatomy work together to keep us up under gravity and continuing to move forward through life. It’s my job to find the pieces of anatomy that aren’t working together and correct them to eliminate the symptoms that you are experiencing at the cause.
Principles of Osteopathy:
- The body is a complete unit
Every piece of the body is a part of one whole. Each system functions together with every other system, and they can not be separated. The body needs no more or no less than it was originally given.
- The body is self-healing and self-regulating.
In the same way that your skin heals a cut, their body has the ability to combat and heal illness. When it can not heal, it is a result of an obstruction blocking the body’s natural healing abilities.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
Just as water struggles to pass through a hose with a kink, vessels struggle to deliver and remove blood and nerves struggle to relay electrochemical signals. Everything is subject to its environment.
- Rational treatment is based on the aforementioned principles.
When we consider the body to be the collection of atoms that it is, we understand that it is subject to the laws of physics just as all other machines are. Knowing that, we can look for disturbances in function, make the correction and allow the machine to continue with its purpose.