Principles of Osteopathy
One of the main principles of osteopathy is that the human body’s structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are interdependent. Basically, the way your body parts are aligned affect the way your body feels. There is movement at every level of our bodies, creating a sort of “living anatomy.” This includes our pulse, breath, and brain waves that, together, are the rhythms of life.
Problems arise when something blocks the natural movement or flow – be it arterial blood flow (which brings oxygen and nutrients), venous drainage (which removes toxins), lymphatic drainage (which removes inflammation), cerebral spinal fluid flow (which nourishes the nerves), energy flow (which boosts vitality), or connective tissue tension (which links all body parts). Every cell in our body must be able to breathe. The natural breathing motion of our body’s cells, bones, tissues, and fluids is much like the ocean, including the movement of the waves, the currents, and the tide. The osteopath is highly trained to feel these subtle rhythms and remove blockages through light manipulation.