Osteopathy is about healing the person as a whole. The Osteopathic Practitioner's hands are trained to assess the body both globally and specifically to determine areas where the POSITION, MOBILITY or VITALITY have been compromised. All body parts, including bones, muscles, fascia, organs and vessels, must be properly aligned, move without restriction, and have the ability to express life force to ensure health.
An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner's main goal is to find the SOURCE of a person's suffering. Symptoms are simply a signal that something is wrong in the body. The origin may be localized to the area of pain or coming from a distant location. Once the source of pain is determined, the osteopathic treatment is applied with the intention of correcting what may be affecting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In other words, Osteopathy treats the source not the symptom.