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  • Writer's pictureXavier Grech - Osteopath at Prom Health

What is an osteopathic approach?

Updated: Apr 12

Osteopaths have principles that guide how they operate. On a very basic level, these are:

  1. A holistic (all-encompassing) approach to the functioning of the body

  2. Treatment is tailored to the unique elements of the individual

  3. There is relationship between the structure and function of the body

  4. The body tries to return keep everything in balance and it is forever adapting and compensating. This is process is called ‘homeostasis’

  5. The body has self-healing mechanisms


Osteopaths don’t ‘heal’ the body, but the try to improve the healing process and help restore balance. Some of our intentions include:

  • Reducing pain and symptoms

  • Improving function and movement

  • Improving blood supply and nutrients to affected areas

  • Supporting venous and lymphatic fluid return

  • Improving nerve transmission


Osteopaths are evidence-based practitioners, and they try to use science to guide what they do. However, science can’t answer everything. So they have to mix the application of science with creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Science offers them a base to identify the black and white boundaries while their other skills help us shade the space between to help comprehend the full picture.


Picture of a brain. Half is science and other half art.
Art and Science

Source: DiGiovana, E.L., Schiowitz, S., & Dowling, D.J. (2005). An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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