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History of osteopathy
In August 1824, Andrew Taylor Still was born in the American Midwest (Kirksville - Missouri). He was a doctor with an above-average sense of touch and an excellent ability to observe. His keen sense of the mechanics of movement and his abovementioned gifts made it possible for Dr. AT. Still, who initially only intended to bring bones into their correct position, was able to influence diseases that were further away from this position. Even then he saw the importance of a holistic view and the mutual dependence of different systems within humans. In Kirksville, in 1892, he founded The American School of Osteopathy. Since then, osteopathy has continuously developed and adapted to the latest scientific findings.

Osteopathy and chiropractic
A colleague on the way of A.T. Still was a certain H.D. Palmer. After a big argument, the friendship broke up, and Palmer opened a rival company he called chiropractic. Silently treated every joint. With him the human started with the skull and stopped with the tip of the toes. Palmer kept it a little shorter. He believed that only the spine was worth looking at and that anything could be treated from there. It was clear that A.T.Still couldn't be there because that shook his very own concept. The end result is that both directions have had remarkable healing results.

Basics of osteopathy
1. The body is a functional unit. Body, mind and soul form a unit. The human organism develops a constant interaction with its environment.

2. The structure and the function are mutually dependent. The muscles have the function of mobility and the bones have the task of supporting. A change in structure inevitably results in a change in function.

3. Autoregulation or self-healing. The body has self-regulating mechanisms that are able to overcome diseases. The osteopathic treatment is only intended to give the body the impulse to restore this autoregulation.

The osteopathic treatment
The treatment is preceded by a detailed examination. In addition, tissues with reduced mobility and increased tension are palpated. The osteopath should be able to feel and interpret the most minimal movement restrictions in the body through his in-depth knowledge and practical training. Based on the following three aspects, he looks for the primary cause of the complaints:

Musculo-skeletal aspect: the musculoskeletal system, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons, joints, etc.)

Visceral aspect:
the internal organs with their blood and lymph vessels and the corresponding parts of the nervous system. Cranio-sacral aspect: the skull, the spine, cerebral fluid, meninges as well as the nervous system and its function.

In his work, the osteopath takes all three aspects listed above into account. The harmony between the systems is of great importance. The treatment is completely manual and aimed at restoring balance to tissue tension and mobility. By which the self-regulation of the entire organism is restored.