The osteopathic medicine is a science based on the theory that many diseases are associated with disorders of the musculoskeletal system and it emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. The structural integrity is the most important factor to keep good health and prevent diseases.
Osteopathy is a system where the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases involves palpation, manipulation, and massage. To achieve this, the Osteopath uses smooth and safe techniques adapted to each patient and his requirements. The major principles of the osteopathic medicine are the following:
- The body is a unit.
- The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, having the inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Rational therapy is based on consideration of the first three principles.
Types of osteopathy:
- Structural osteopathy
- Visceral osteopathy
- Cranial osteopathy