All areas of medical health care can benefit from Osteopathy and many medical health care providers can learn this method. Why do we need the professions of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy?
The osteopathic professions have, at their core, a unique philosophy, leading to a fundamentally different approach to diagnosis, therapy and prevention than in regular medical practice.
In osteopathy we have a kind of network thinking and action. The fundamental concept is the interconnected relationship between structure and function. This is the unique core of osteopathy.
Regarding ‘structure’, the focus of osteopathy is the assessment of both the physiologic and pathologic structure.
Regarding ‘function’, we analyse the physiologic function from the perspective of balance, homeostasis and somatic dysfunction.
The interconnected relationship between structure and function was always emphasized by Dr. Still. This was one of his most important contributions.
Regarding regulation we analyse the role of the peripheral and central nervous system in the coordination or discoordination of structure and function.
A ‘network-based’ way of thinking and acting in Osteopathy is the central perspective for assessing structure, function and the regulation of all parts of the patient’s body.
The main goal of therapy is the improvement of function within the parietal, visceral and cranio-sacral systems. Improved function will improve structure as well as the regulation within the body.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT) influences all body systems in a micro- and macroscopic way. This is due to the Tensegrity construction of all cells and the fascial continuity within the body. With these same constructional principles osteopathy can regulate down to the cellular level.