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Manual osteopathic therapy is a gentle, straightforward approach to therapy. Manual therapy means that both the assessment and treatment are carried out with the use of the practitioner's hands. It is a drug-free, holistic approach to treating the body. It was founded by Andrew T. Still, and through the principles of the founder of Osteopathy, manual osteopathic practitioners attempt to bring the body into alignment so that the body can heal itself.

Principles of Osteopathy

  1. The body is a dynamic unit:
    Everything is interconnected and reciprocally interrelated. The pain that you feel may not be caused directly where you feel the pain.

  2. The body has self-regulating mechanisms:
    The body can repair, protect and detoxify in order to maintain balance and function optimally.

  3. The structure of the body governs the function of the body and vice versa:
    The functions and structures of the body are reciprocally related, when each part of the body is in alignment, the appropriate mechanical force is applied, allowing them to function properly.

  4. Assessments and treatments of the body are active:
    Treatments take a hands-on approach which is gentle and incorporates the multiple layers of anatomy in the body.

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