Osteopathy was devised by a physician called Dr Andrew Taylor Still in the 1870s as a safe, non-invasive, but profound way of treating people with disease or (dis-ease) without the use of drugs or surgery (which at that time were often as likely to kill the patient as cure them).
Dr Still spent many years studying human anatomy and applying his knowledge to hands-on treatment, devising ways of relieving tensions and restrictions within the body’s organs, muscles and joints to help proper blood flow and work with the body’s natural healing processes to maximise health.
Osteopathy training has developed since then into a well-established and recognised independent health care profession, which is practised and taught all over Europe, North America, and Australasia.
The training is a demanding four or five year full-time programme and students are trained to a very high standard in anatomy, physiology, pathology and neurology as well as diagnosis and clinical skills. As important as this, though, is the training in technique and palpation (or sense of touch). Osteopaths spend a long time developing their palpation skills both at an under-graduate and post-graduate level and use these skills, not only to help diagnose specific problems within the body, but when treating so as to always work with the body not against it.