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The Basic Concept of Osteopathy

The basic concept of osteopathy was described in the introduction to the Kirksville consensus declaration written in 1953:

“Osteopathy is a philosophy, a science and an art. Its philosophy embraces the concept of the unity of the body structure and function in health and disease. Its science includes the chemical, physical and biological sciences related to the maintenance of health and the prevention, cure and alleviation of disease. Its art is the application of the philosophy and the science to the practice of osteopathy. Health is based on the natural capacity of the human organism to resist and combat noxious influences in the environment and to compensate for their effects; to meet, with adequate reserve, the usual stresses of daily life and the occasional severe stresses imposed by extremes of environment and activity. Disease begins when this natural capacity is reduced, or when it is exceeded or overcome by noxious influences. Osteopaths recognise that many factors impair this capacity for resistance and recovery, thus reaffirming the validity of the ancient observation that the physician deals with a patient as well as a disease.”

May 7th 2019

Philip Bayliss, St Albans Osteopathy, 43 Thames Street, Christchurch 8013 ☎️ 03 356 1353