Osteopathic principles the osteopathic philosophy embraces the idea of the unity of structure and function through four main principles the body is a unit and the person represents a combination of body mind and spirit the body is capable of self regulation self healing and health maintenance. 1 interaction between structure and functiononly a structure that is completely intact can function properly example a car that has lost a wheel does not drive well or when a car is stationary for too long it will not start this is just the same for human structures and functions the osteopath repairs the blocked movement of a particular structure. The four main principles of osteopathy created by its founder dr andrew taylor still at the end of the 19th century form the basis of osteopathic thinking and influence osteopathic treatment plans the four principles of osteopathy are 1 the body is a unit the body is considered as a whole. The four principles of osteopathy 1 the structure governs the function structure and function are two sides of the same coin structural integrity and mobility must be restored as much as possible for proper functioning of all the systems of the body. The osteopathic approach to health care is not based upon performing sequential manipulative techniques but in expressing the philosophy of osteopathy in a clinical context historically few attempts have been made to create a collection of clinically relevant guiding principles the osteopathic profession needs a unique set of historically accurate principles that express our
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