Osteopathy bases its approach on the unity between body, mind and spirit, a unity that tends towards self-regulation in the interdependence between structure and function. When overload or a dysfunctional event occurs, the self-regulatory capacity is altered and health is negatively affected.

The osteopath, through palpation, is able to identify these conditions in the tissues and when they are clinically relevant, to approach them with manipulative techniques for the recovery.

Osteopathy is based on the following principles:

– the human being is a dynamic functional unit, whose state of health is determined by the body, mind and spirit.

– the body possesses mechanisms of self-regulation and self-healing

– structure and function are mutually and closely related

Rational treatment is based on these principles.

Today there are numerous scientific studies in the literature that highlight the effectiveness of osteopathic practice as a discipline identified by clinical reasoning, an osteopathic diagnosis and a therapeutic plan based on the five reference models. the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles of the American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine developed five conceptual models starting from the basic body functions which it grouped into five categories and strategies integrated in the organism. These features participate in restoring the individual’s state of health and intervene in adapting to stress factors.

The five models are:

Biomechanical model

Neurological model

Respiratory- circulatory model

Metabolic-nutritional model

Behavioral-biopsychosocial model

The Models will be interpreted and used in combination for a complete and unifying vision of the person

The application of osteopathic principles is fundamental in the approach to the person in order to develop an individualized treatment plan that takes into account the application of specific techniques.


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