History of Osteopathy

At an early age, Dr. A. T. Still enjoyed hunting, nature, animals and outdoor life. He used these years to learn about the interworking’s of nature and the animals that inhabited these lands. He had a fond curiosity of the internal workings of these animals.  A fascination that placed him well before his time. This curiosity carried on throughout his young life and continued on with his acceptance into the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Kansas City, Missouri.

He was respected as a physician, for his peaceful views on politics with slavery and woman’s rights, and a military leader. This, I believe, gave him the strength to carry forth with his beliefs of Osteopathy.

In the spring of 1884, Dr. A. T. Still’s three children, two of his own and one adopted, were suffering with spinal meningitis. He observed the brave efforts put forth by the allopathic doctors around him, doing their best by using remedies and pharmaceuticals. He watched as the doctors altered their dosages to try and cure spinal meningitis. However, allopathic medicine did not win that day. At this moment, looking at the passing of his children, Dr. Still questioned the meaning of God’s creation, man. Should it be a guessing game when it comes to a person’s health or did God provide the answers for healing within the human body. He pondered on questions such as these and felt passionately that life was not a guessing game. Dr. A. T. Still grew up among the Methodist views and saw God’s work as being perfectly balanced. With his new philosophy on life, Dr. A. T. Still set forth to figure out how this “…intelligent Maker of man had deposited in his body in some place or throughout the whole system drugs in abundance to cure all infirmities, on every of exploration I have been able to bring back a cargo of indisputable truths, that all the remedies necessary to health exist in the human body.” (Autobiography of A. T. Still Revised Edition; Dr. A. T. Still, Version 2.0, 1908).

In 1874, Dr. Still “Flung to the breeze, the banner of Osteopathy” and later coined the term “Osteopathy” in 1889.  He opened up the first Osteopathic school in 1892 called the American School of Osteopathy, in Kirksville, Missouri.

Dr. Still based his treatments on the following principles:

  • The body is a complete unit; body, mind & spirit
  • Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are interrelated on all levels
  • The body is self-healing and self-regulating
  • Rational treatment is based upon these principles

What is Osteopathy?

A safe, non-invasive, drugless form of manual medicine.  It is both an art and a science with a distinct approach, bringing balance to the anatomy and physiology of the body.  Gently removing obstructions to open up pathways for proper flow of arteries, veins, lymphatics and nerves; restoring health to all tissue structures.

“It is a scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the hands of a person of intelligence and skill, who can apply that knowledge to the use of man when sick or wounded by strains, shocks, falls, or mechanical derangement or injury of any kind to the body” ~ Dr. A.T. Still (founder)

Who benefits from Osteopathy?

Patients of all ages and activity levels can benefit from Osteopathy because of its gentle nature and individal treatment approach.  Patients may display the same aches/pains, headache patterns, digestive issues, reproductive issues, but the compensation patterns will differ from each patient depending on daily posture, work environment, physical activity and any traumas that may have physically occurred during the patients lifetime.

Some of the conditions that are presented in my office:

  • Respiratory
  • Cardiovascular/circulatory
  • Digestive
  • Reproductive
  • Balance disturbances
  • Autoimmune
  • Concussions
  • Migraines and other type headaches
  • Pain (acute or chronic)
  • Postural imbalances (i.e. Scoliosis, Kyphosis)
  • Pregnancy & childbirth
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sinusitis
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • TMJ pain
  • Whiplash


The terms Osteopathy or Osteopath used within this information refers only to manual manipulative theory, technique, and practice.
If you are interested in a future with Osteopathy visit www.cao-hhs.org.