Osteopathy / Background
Osteopathy is the oldest form of manual medicine with its roots in North America. The American physician Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) founded osteopathy 1874 after in depth studies of anatomy and physiology. On the basis of his studies and medical experience A.T. Still found that the body is designed with all capacity to uphold its health regain its healthy equilibrium, if it is only given the opportunity to do so.
The three basic osteopathic tenets are the following:
The body is a unit.
The body has inherent self-healing mechanisms.
Structure and function of the body are interrelated.
The osteopathic treatment is based on these principles
From America to Europe
The first osteopathic school, the American School of Osteopathy (ASO) was founded in Kirksville in 1892. A.T. Stills’ student John Martin Littlejohn came to Europe and brought the program with hi. He founded the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in London in 1917. Both schools still exist today.
Osteopathy has spread throughout the world and has gained growing recognition. Osteopathy is constantly being developed and researched.
During the last 10-20 years the activity has been a lot more intensive throughout the world. The offer Conferences and continuous professional development is vivid.
In Finland osteopathy is being taught at the University of Applied Science level in a four year fulltime programme. Osteopaths carry a protected title and are registered as autonomous health care professionals with the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health