1. The body is a functioning unit
Osteopathy represents an holistic view of the human body. Each structure and function is inextricably linked together, the body is one unit.
In addition to the musculoskeletal system and internal organs, osteopathy also incorporates the psyche into this unit. This comes from the knowledge that the origins of an acute illness can come from a completely different part of the body.
Shoulder pains can also have a psychological cause and can be triggered for example by stress.
3. The body has its own self-regulating mechanisms
The body has a natural ability to adjust and heal itself and stay healthy. Usually, a human being is able to neutralise adverse influences, like stress, injury or germs, without help.
The body has very effective self-healing powers: small wounds usually heal on their own, and the body can even fend off foreign bodies, such as bacteria and viruses.
The three pillars of osteopathy
Osteopathy can be split into three systems:
The Craniosacral System
The Parietal System
The Visceral System
These are linked to each other on all kinds of levels and interact with each other. An osteopath must therefore master the examination and treatment of all three systems in order to be able to find and treat the causes of his patient’s complaints.