|Article 4 : Unity of the living body|
Basic principles of Osteopathy
Osteopathy prevents and treats a wide number of ailments based on the principle of the interdependence of the different structures that make up the human body. In other words, the different components of the body – soft tissue, vital organs, joints and muscles – are interrelated and constitute a whole. Thus, if any part of the body, such as joints, muscles, ligaments or intestines suffers a loss of mobility, this will affect the overall health of the individual.
Osteopathic concepts emphasise the following principles:
The body tends to be self-regulatory and self-healing in the face of disease processes, through complex systems of balance. This is called Homeostasis: it is the ability of the body to adjust and restore balance where it has been disrupted and to re-establish a stable condition when faced with various changes in the organism.
The human person is a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit are mutually and reciprocally interdependent. Osteopathy recognise the unity of the body: your body, soul, experiences and environment are closely intertwined.
The body’s structures and functions are interconnected: every structure that is part of the human body serves a function. When a structural disruption occurs, these functions can be altered, and inversely functional disorders can perturb the body’s overall structure.
Through these principles, osteopathy recognizes the
dynamic unity of the living body.
A rational treatment regime is based on this philosophy
and these principles. Treatment is always measured and requires the practitioner
to determine the minimum of therapeutic intervention necessary to provide