Spirituality within the origin of Osteopathy

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Spirituality within the origin of Osteopathy

“Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease.

—Osteopathy Research and Practice. A.T.Still

Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO (1828-1917) the founder of osteopathy, was a man endowed with imagination, rare vision and perseverance. He was born on August 6, 1828 in Virginia. The word ‘God’ permeates his writings as he was a Christian. He spent his formative years in Missouri, where his preacher-physician father had been sent as a missionary. He was robust and strong and lived close to nature. He was fond of observing different animals to understand their nature and movement.

Although Stills parents wanted him to become a Minister, his passion lay in the field of medicine. He believed that there is God in everyone and saw people as holistic beings who have the ability to self-heal.

In 1874 Dr. Still stated that, “he did not invent osteopathy”. Instead, he discovered a universal truth of the law of, matter, mind, and motion. This triune nature of mankind was also described as a physical body, a mental body, and a spiritual body. He believed that all we need to sustain life, already is within us, thus he searched for new ways to help the body heal itself.

He studied medicine at the Kansas City school of Physicians & Surgeons. His first patients were Shawnee Indians. He learned their language and lived his life by a similar nature-centred belief system. Later he joined the Army Medical Corps as a surgeon. At end of the war, in October1864, he was discharged from military service with the rank of Major. He resumed private practice.

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