Osteopathy was founded by the American doctor, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. Dr. A.T. Still had found he was able to clear his own headaches by manipulating and massaging his neck. From there he began to investigate the manipulation of the joints which he believed would release the body’s abilities to heal itself and in doing so has developed the Osteopathy we know today.
In 1892, Dr. A.T. Still opened the first Osteopathic College in Kirksville Missouri. In this college he taught to his students three concepts:
- The body has self healing mechanisms.
- Blood circulation to the injured part of your body helps heal the injury quicker.
- The human body has the same qualities as a machine.
Whilst A.T. Still was visionary for his time, Osteopathy and its Philosophy have advanced greatly since its inception in 1874 through the testing and experimenting of different techniques and theories about the human body and will continue to evolve as more of the human body becomes understood. However that being said these three concepts are still taught to Osteopathic Students across the world today and have been expanded upon to develop the Philosophy of Osteopathy as more information becomes available.
The development of Osteopathy and its Philosophy extends now well beyond 100 years and whilst has seen a large advancement in the theories and the techniques used to diagnose and treat people, still relies very much on its fundamental teaching by its founder.