My extensive studies in manual therapies have provided me with a greater understanding and knowledge of the interrelationship between anatomy, physiology and pathology and our bodies systems and structures. I maintains as part of her massage therapy protocol, a commitment to the 5 principles of osteopathy.
➢ Correlation of structure and function: Andrew Taylor still the founder of osteopathy described in 1874, that “the structure govern the function”. In his opinion, the dis-rupture of the structure (bones, organs, membranes, muscles…) can create illness, which is the result of an unbalance in the anatomy followed by the physiology. To prevent illness and heal it, the segments must be adjusted to the normality. The body needs to work in harmony and regardless to it’s shapes, heath need to be present.
Rupture in mobility in structure—-) unbalance in physiology—-) pathology
➢ The body is whole unit: there are different systems in the body (musculo-squeletic, physiologic, aponevrotico-facial, circulation, nervous) and they all work together in harmony. Therefore, one dysfunction can affect the rest of the body. That is why it is important to work on all the different structures and different level in order to help the body to heal.
➢ Life is movement: if a part of the body is not used or the mobility is slower, the area is going to be destroyed to save energy and nutrients. This is the “least effort law”. Where there is absence of movement, there is “stasis” then death. Also, the minor movements govern the major movements so it is important to look for the minor restrictions in order to rehabilitate the mobility.
➢ “The rule of the artery is supreme”: where the blood doesn’t flow, there is no recovery possible. The circulation has to be free to provide the adequate nutrients to the body and that a therapist’s job to restore the blood flow that can be partly blocked by a muscle, a joint, or a fascia for example.
➢ Principal of self-regulation: the body is capable to regulate and fix itself when the Homeostasis is in good conditions. The therapist doesn’t fix the person but send the information to the body to restore itself and go back into balance.