The most important aspects of osteopathic treatment

Osteopaths attach great importance to the basic principles, which are always applied to every patient:

  1. The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
  2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function. 

(American Osteopathic Association, AOA)

Practitioners further understand the importance of the following points:

  1. Optimal health can only be realized by a coordinated interplay of body, mind, and spirit*.
  2. Every structure of the body should function as a whole. 
  3. The practitioner supports the body structure to restore and encourage the natural self-healing abilities of the body.
  4. Finally, all rules are applied to establish a good and healthy state.

* The spirit reflects how experienced a soul is.