is a specialised branch of medicine that treats the body as a whole.
It lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body.
is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and
disability we suffer from stems from abnormalities in the function
of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease.
branch of medicine was founded in America in 1874 by Dr Andrew
Taylor Still. Disenchanted by the established medical profession
at that time, which was crude and ineffective, Dr Still developed
manipulation techniques to promote a healthy body.
Still's principles are still in practice today, they have been refined
and developed by osteopathic and medical research since then.
such as myself are trained to examine how the body moves, and to
use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify
any points of weakness or excessive strain in the body.
1993, Osteopathy has been recognised in law by the Osteopath's Act
in Parliament as having the same status as dentistry and medicine.