+30 210 010 0695 mp@unanitibb.org
Select Page

THE PHILOSOPHY OF OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy is not a set of techniques; rather it is a philosophy based upon sound principles proposed by Hippocrates over 2500 years ago. Restructured by Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917) osteopathy can make profound changes in a person’s health.

Your Title Goes Here

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

HIPPOCRATES – The Father of Unani Tibb

In his books on joints, Hippocrates (460–385 BCE), who is often referred to as the father of medicine, was the first physician to describe spinal manipulative techniques using gravity, for the treatment of scoliosis. In this case, the patient was tied to a ladder and inverted.

The second technique he described involved the use of a table with various straps, wheels, and axles enabling traction to be applied. The hand, foot, seated body weight, or a wooden lever could then be used to impart spinal pressure or thrust to treat a “gibbus” or prominent vertebra.

Hippocrates noted that this treatment should be followed by exercises.

Avicenna (also known as the doctor of doctors) from Baghdad (980–1037 CE) included descriptions of Hippocrates’ techniques in his medical text The Book of Healing. A Latin translation of this book was published in Europe influencing future scholars such as Leonardo Da Vinci and contributing greatly to the emergence of Western medicine at the end of the Middle Ages.

Manual Medicine techniques such as those performed by Osteopaths have been documented for over 4000 years.

It was not until the 1870’s however, that medical physician Andrew Taylor Still proposed the theory and practice of Osteopathic Medicine.

1. The Body is a Unit

The body is made up of many different systems that all work together in order to achieve an optimal function of the entire organism. Osteopaths believe that a problem in one area of the body affects other musculoskeletal regions and/or other body systems.

2. Structure and Function are Inter-related

Osteopaths strongly believe in the relationship between body structure and its ability to function. If a body’s structure is sound and balanced, then it can function at an optimal level.

3. The Somatic Component of Disease

Osteopaths believe that the musculoskeletal system is an integral part of total body health. For the body to recover completely from injury or disease, problems within the musculoskeletal system must be addressed.

4. The Healing Power of Nature

The body has within itself methods for protection, repair and regulation which are necessary for health maintenance and recovery from disease. The role of the Osteopath is to enhance this inherent capacity for health.

Osteopathic Medicine is the only branch of mainstream medicine that follows the Hippocratic philosophy of medical care centering on the patient, not the disease.

The Asklepion School & Clinic