What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a brilliant and holistic approach to medicine developed by an American physician named Andrew Taylor Still in the 19th century. A.T. Still made many observations about the body in both a global and systemic manner, while respecting it’s layers of complexity. From his study, he developed an thorough understanding of how the structure and function of the body are interrelated.
Based on this understanding of structure and function (or behaviour), A. T. Still created hands-on methods to optimize the health of the different systems of the body as well as the whole. While many of the techniques are gentle and subtle, others are direct and quick. All of his techniques obey the idea of working with the body’s self-healing ability and restoring a healthy equilibrium.
In the 20th Century, Osteopathy spread worldwide and was accepted because of it’s common sense approach and effectiveness. Many of his original students from Kirksville, MO, migrated across America and travelled to Europe. It is from these preserved resources that the Academy of Osteopathic Science is able to gather over half a century of combined teaching wisdom.
In the following video, our Principal, Eric Sanderson explains his perspective on osteopathy:
“Osteopathy is to me a very sacred science. It is sacred because it is a healing power through all nature.” - A. T. Still, Osteopathy Research and Practice