The body has its own self-healing and self-regulating systems. When you get ill or are in pain, there is/are obstructions that are not allowing your healing elements to do their job. These obstructions can be mal-alignments in your bones, musculoskeletal, fascia or ligamentous structures, that impede the flow of the nerves and blood – that give life, or the lymphatics or the drainage (veins) – which take away metabolic waste. Osteopathic practitioners use a variety of principle based manual techniques in order to reduce or remove these restrictions in order to restore the normal physiological function of the body, which allows the body to start the healing process.
Osteopathic practitioners do not heal, but facilitate the bodies own natural healing by using a variety of principle based techniques. Using the patients own anatomy to correct the mal-alignment allows the body to take on the treatment more readily without a shock to the nervous system and at the same time integrating the correction with the rest of the body. This helps the treatment hold while also taking out the lines of force that caused the mal-alignment in the first place. Treating the cause, not the effects/systems.