‘Osteo’ refers to the Greek word ‘Osteon’ meaning structure of bone and perhaps structure in general, while ‘Pathy’ comes from ‘Pathos’ which refers to ‘Feeling or Suffering’ and hence pathology or disease. Ultimately Osteopathy is the understanding of ideal structural alignment within body, and the application of a hands-on practical process in the pursuit of remediating painful and dysfunctional conditions related to structural problems. Osteopathy in a nutshell:
- A person is the product of dynamic interaction between their body mind and external environment
- An inherent property of this dynamic interaction is the capacity of the individual for the maintenance of health and the recovery from disease.
- Many forces, both internal and external to the person, can challenge this inherent capacity and contribute to the onset of illness and disease.
- The structure of the body (muscles, joints, bones ETC) significantly influences the individual’s ability to restore this inherent capacity and therefore to resist disease processes.