Osteopathy combining Philosophy and Healthcare

Osteopathy is among the few techniques which consider body to be a system comprising of mind, heart and soul as a whole. Apart from it the therapy interrelates the structure with the various functions performed by them. It strongly rely on the body’s ability of self- healing and apart from it triggers the process by manual methods. It started in the year 1884 in United States and since then the therapy has prevailed all over the world due to its effectiveness and because of the very fact that it has no side-affects.

The basic principles followed by this healing process are firstly, by considering mind, body as well as one’s soul as a single unit. Secondly the therapy respects the fact that human body has the ability of self-healing and defending oneself from external attacks. Moreover, mathematically the structure and the functions performed by the body have a reciprocal relation with each other.


There are basically five different methods for one’streatment by this method, they are as follows:

1)    Direct method: Here the patient voluntarily performs the motion as directed by the osteopathic practitioner, Osteopath.

2)    Indirect method: Here the patient refrains from the directed movement.

3)    Direct method (D/DIR): This treatment strategy involves a restrictive barrier is introduced and then an activation force is required to correct this somatic dysfunction.

4)    Indirect method (I/IND): Here the restrictive barrier is disengaged and then the body part which is showing dysfunctional tendencies is moved away from the barrier that was restricting it. This is done until tissue tension is either equal in one or all planes as well as directions.

Research have showed that this therapy is pretty handy against most of the somatic dysfunction. Apart from it research is being conducted to see its effect on asthma, acute otitis media in children and pulmonary infection.

Though there is still a dark shade on the general effectiveness of this therapy as it is just focused on back pain and operational recovery at present, yet it is gaining popularity both among researchers as well as patients. Apart from it students are also gettinginterested in it. One can even see osteopathy sign frequently these days, osteopathy is a common sign these days and is the profession of Osteopath Bunbury is proving to be contagious in that region. There is scope in this field as an osteopath, but it is still a developing mode of healthcare.