Osteopathic medicine is based on the following principles. These direct the osteopathic diagnosis and treatment.

  • The body is a co-ordinated unit, with contiguous tissues intimately related to and influencing each other.
  • The structure and function of the body are reciprocally inter-related.
  • The body has the inherent capacity to regulate, defend and repair itself.
  • When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self-maintenance, dysfunction or disease may develop.
  • Tissue and organs which receive optimal nutrition, blood supply and drainage are more able to function well.
  • There are musculoskeletal components to disease that are not only part of the disease, but also contribute to the continuance of the disease.
  • Logical treatment of disease should consider these principles.