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Philosophy of osteopathy


Osteopathy as a science and an art

Osteopathy is a science and an art, but above all a philosophy.

Osteopathy is a science because it is based on notions of anatomy, physiology, biology and neurology, the same principles and concepts as medicine and health sciences.

Osteopathy is an art, because each treatment is almost always different from the one of another person who would consult for the same problem, which means it is not rigid, static of fixed; because the work is done on the cause and not on the symptoms presented by the subject.


Osteopathy as a philosophy

Osteopathy is a philosophy, because we could never exclude the human being from its whole, from its environment. It encompasses all of the being, the physical aspect, as well as the emotional and spiritual aspects of the person. The treatment is not limited to the symptoms and the pain, but takes into account many elements provided by the anamnesis.

Because the human being is an integral part of a whole, we take the whole into account.

If the machine is complex, the human being is evidently much more complex.

Thus, we consider the being is his global nature, from the whole to the particular and from the particular to the whole.


Osteopathy and systemic approach

The osteopathy is the healing science or system that puts the emphasis on the diagnostic of the illness by physical methods with the goal of discovering not the symptoms, but the causes of the illness, in connexion with tissues displacements, fluid obstruction and anything interfering with the resources and the nutritive forces of the organism.” John Martin Littlejohn

Osteopathy treats these connexions, these links, because it treats the relationships between each of the constituents of the human body. There is an interactivity which is primordial to the equilibrium of the organism. If one of the constitutive elements is not at its best, it is the whole that is affected. However, the body possesses many elements that can make up for the lack of vitality of one of its components. The body will seek its equilibrium, its homeostasis by compensating. This stability is possible only because of the complexity of the body, the interaction and variety of its components.

A chain is only as solid as its weakest link” (Guy Voyer). That is to say that the interactivity is primordial to the equilibrium of the organism. If one of its constitutive elements is not at its best, it is the whole that is affected.

The systemic approach in opposition to Cartesian logic, accepts complexity, even if it deprives us from a total comprehension.