OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still, Who was born in 1828 in Lee County, Virginia. He was of Scottish-Irish decent and as a young boy he suffered severe headaches. One day during such a headache, he went to sit on a rope swing; his father had hung for him from a tree branch. Feeling ill he removed the board from the swing and lay on the ground with the back of his neck resting against the rope. The pain eased and he fell asleep. When he awoke the headache had gone, this observation later led to the development of osteopathic manipulation. One of the main principals and philosophies of osteopathic medicine is "The Body Is A Unit".

The human body does not function as a collection of separate parts but as one unit. A great deal of emphasis can be put upon the mobility of the rib cage, thoracic and pelvic diaphragms in many respiratory and digestive problems. But it is however the spine to which the osteopath pays great attention. Where spinal problems exist normal functioning of the skeleton, muscles and circulation can all be affected. The osteopath with a very thorough understanding of the human body, uses simple manipulation to realign the body structure.

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