Osteopathy is a holistic, manual diagnostic and treatment approach that focuses on treating the origin of your discomfort. It is described as a “healing method in which the osteopathic practitioner examines and treats his patients with his hands” by the Osteopathic Association of Germany (Verband der Osteopathen Deutschland e.V., VOD).
The method was developed in the 19th century by the American doctor Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), who tried to find the cause for various physical dysfunctions by looking at the skeletal system. It was only after he coined the term “osteopathy” that he realised that next to the bones, the connecting tissues between organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments and the fascia, also play a big role in mobility dysfunctions. He came to the conclusion that the location where pain is perceived does not have to be the origin of it.