Osteopathy assumes that the body is a self-healing mechanism, that it is wholly interconnected and interdependent, that form determines function, and function form. Tissue health requires an adequate and timely supply of nutrients, and the body must be optimally organized around its central line of gravity for its best health.
The osteopath’s task, taking all of this into account, is to remove the restrictions within and among systems to allow the body to heal itself. The toolbox for this work includes all of manual therapy; for instance, muscle energy techniques, strain-counterstrain, myofascial release, high velocity-low amplitude adjustment, and functional technique. These tools may be applied to any of the body’s systems: musculoskeletal, visceral, craniosacral, nervous, or fascial.
PETER McCANN, MA, PT