What is Osteopathy?

About 140 years ago, the American medical doctor Andrew Taylor Still discovered the principles of osteopathy. Since then, osteopathy has continuously developed, in the USA as well as in Europe and other parts of the world.


Osteopathy is an independent form of medicine that is used to identify and treat functional disorders. The osteopathic treatment is done exclusively with the hands. The patient is viewed in his entirety - on one hand in the unity of body, mind and soul and on the other hand in his physical unity on all levels.

Principles of Osteopathy

The principle of osteopathy relates on the one hand to the mobility of the body in its entirety, and on the other hand to the intrinsic movements of the tissues, the individual body parts and organ systems and their interaction. Every part of the body, every organ needs a lot of freedom of movement for optimal functionality. From the point of view of osteopathy, if mobility is restricted, tissue tension and subsequent functional disorders arise. If there are dysfunctions that the organism can no longer compensate from the point of view of osteopathy, symptoms arise.


When researching the sources of the symptoms in the human body, a structural disorder and the resulting dysfunction are in the foreground. This so-called somatic dysfunction needs to be detected and remedied. Accordingly, osteopathy does not treat diseases in the actual sense, but movement disorders in the broadest sense.

The Role of the Fascia

Our organism consists of innumerable structures, all of which are directly or indirectly related to one another. The connection is established by the fascia, thin layers of connective tissue that surround each structure and together form a large body fascia. From the point of view of osteopathy, movement restrictions and dysfunctions can spread via the fascia and manifest themselves in other parts of the body through symptoms.