What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a hands-on intervention for healing minor imbalances to systemic illness in the body. Our inner vitality is primary to maintaining good health.

Osteopathy is a traditional form of medicine that is guided by the following principles:

  1.     The body can heal itself
  2.     The rule of the Artery is absolute
  3.     Structure governs function
  4.     We are a functional whole

The practice of osteopathy requires the practitioner to participate deeply in their own healing and continued self-actualization.  The perception, on the part of the osteopathic practitioner,  of what is “normal” and what is living in relation with “health” is essential to the success of an osteopathic treatment.   This living understanding determines the skill of the practitioner.  A treatment is guided by the practitioners ability to listen to the structures of the body with their hands.  On a basic level, the manual techniques administered are comparative with other physical therapies (physio, chiropractic, rolfing, myofascial release) with the addition of a focus on improving circulation and integration through the whole body.


 Osteopathic practitioners have the training and ability to treat all systems and organs of the body in addition to the musculoskeletal system.  A range of structural, fluid, and subtle techniques are applied to facilitate healing.  Treatments are gentle on the body and often a very relaxing experience. Osteopathic medicine is a science, art and spiritual embodiment practice congruent with the wisdom of nature.  Advanced osteopathic practitioners will often attest to acknowledging an intelligence, wisdom, beyond themselves when they give a treatment.  This powerful approach however, is not imperative to effective osteopathic treatment.  Therefore, you will find a range in the style of how osteopathic care is administered from one practitioner to another.  Manual osteopathy must be felt through experience to truly appreciate the depth of what this practice is offering.

Osteopaths use their hands to engage the indwelling therapeutic forces in the patient, nothing more. No drugs, no remedies, just the indwelling gift of life. As the years have drifted by this truth has grown. I love Osteopathy the way it is. Thank God it is not more demanding of our imperfect hearts.

Dr. James Jealous D.O.
Excerpt from: An Osteopathic Odyssey