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Richmond Hill Osteopathy science and artPrinciples of Osteopathy

Osteopaths are trained using medical knowledge combined with osteopathic principles of health:

Structure governs function

We recognise that the source of much pain and disability stems from abnormalities of our body’s balance of structure and function; the idea that our body’s form affects how it can work. Poor habits of posture or movement can cause misalignment of the muscles and joints, which can then cause many health problems.

Osteopathy identifies and treats these imbalances and attempts to restore health through their correction. Due to the musculoskeletal origin, our work mostly consists of treatment to the muscles, joints and spine to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems

The body has its own medicine chest

The human body has an incredible set of tools available to fight disease and disorder – from self regulating and repair mechanisms to the disease fighting components of our blood and lymphatic systems to the effect that mental wellbeing and mood have on overall control of these systems.

We recognise that, when allowed to operate harmoniously, these systems can deal with the vast majority of threats, whether from disease or trauma. It is when these abilities are overwhelmed that pain or a disease state occurs.

The rule of the artery is supreme

Good circulation allows nutrition and energy to get to the parts of our body it is needed and removes the waste products built up by metabolism. Proper nourishment of our tissues in this way allows them to perform at their best.


Based on these principles, osteopathy attempts to treat these musculoskeletal imbalances to restore health. Osteopaths are highly trained in anatomy and physiology and bring this knowledge together with skills in examination and diagnosis to give a clear understanding of the problem, and then attempt to rectify it using our manual therapy skills.