Principles of Osteopathic Philosophy

Littlejohn reminded us that the Order is the law of life, and that Harmony is the principle of body architecture and bodies activities. Any reality that drives this order and harmony to a disease condition is a fertile cause of it. In this context we use the word “injury” or “dysfunction” to indicate any “diversion” in the tissue or organ of the body out of the ordinary. A displaced bone, a tight, contractured, tetanizado muscle, or atopic body may form the basis of a lesion of this etiology, leading to various complications, especially involving body fluids: blood, lymph and nerve force that represent man power and control the body tissues.

The human body is not a machine, but a vital mechanism that is subject to mechanical law. This means that the human body is the support of the weight and tension lines present in the living organism, as they are present in all objects on this earth plane. Parallel, nonparallel, and curved lines are arbitrary in operation, having a direction and magnitude which may only be refused at the expense of the body and no corrective treatment will be sufficient in many cases if stress or tension remains.

According to Littlejohn:

“Osteopathy can be defined as a system, or science of healing that uses natural resources of the body to adjust its structure in order to stimulate the preparation and distribution of fluids and forces of the body, with the purpose to promote cooperation and harmony in its mechanism. However, we should not see the body as a machine, but as a vital mechanism.”

According to our bases:

“Osteopathy is not manipulation. The osteopathic lesion is physiological and not anatomical. The key to success is found in the Adjustment, not in correction: the correction is impossible in the living organism. Clinically, the action is directed jointly to all tissues of the body employing the members as long leverages, directed to the vertebral column only with smooth joints.
You cannot adjust the abnormal to normal, which means that the local treatment remains local without general or permanent effects. We will only be able to reverse this point of situation through an integration process that begins at the dysfunctional point farthest of the primary lesion site (reflection of the permanent state of homeostasis of any vital mechanism), representing the last lesion, thus reversing the last disorder to first.

The loss of integrity and loss of balance in the body are due to an imbalance between the sympathetic central nervous system and to the appropriate interrelation between the laws of static and body dynamics. These two main “engines” are the basis of Classical Osteopathy.”

“There is only one Osteopathy, and the only way is through the Integration process”
John Wernham

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