Osteopathy by Definition

Founded by American Andrew Taylor Still, and broadening in the UK through the vision and passion of John Martin Littlejohn, and subsequently John Wernham, osteopathy is a manual form of healing which emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. Osteopathy believes in the body’s ability to heal itself.

Classical Osteopathy

Classical osteopathy stays true to the founding principles of the profession. The theory and application of these principles are at the root of all diagnoses and treatment. Skill is honed from a mastery of principals, not a memorization of techniques or adjustments. The classical osteopath is trained to treat conditions ranging from pain to organ dysfunction based on their in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and how they relate to osteopathic principals.

Classical Osteopathy vs Eclectic Osteopathy

Where Classical Osteopathy encompasses an understanding of principals and can stand on its own, Eclectic Osteopathy is taught as a series of memorized techniques or manipulations for different parts of the body. Eclectic osteopathy lacks founding principles and theory and is typically layered onto an existing modality like massage therapy or physiotherapy. These types of programs are prevalent in Europe and in Canada.

Classical Osteopathy vs Osteopathic Medicine

In the USA, a medical/manual hybrid called osteopathic medicine is practiced which combines pharmaceutical medicine with structural manipulation.