Published: November 7, 2022

Osteopathic Principles in Jeffrey Russell’s Practice

Osteopathic principles inform Jeffrey’s practice. To better understand the principles of osteopathy, it is helpful to review the work and philosophy of Dr. Andrew Still, the founder of osteopathic medicine.

Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health. This philosophy was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, MD. 1

Central to the practice of osteopathy is the belief that the human body has the innate ability to heal itself. Osteopathic principles are focused upon helping patients achieve wellness through proactive health promotion and the prevention of illness.

Dr. Still said that Osteopathy is nature. 2 He understood that nature’s goal is to express perfect health, and that medicine’s prime aim should be to seek health, not to treat symptoms of disease. He believed that …disease is the physiological effect of anatomical derangements (primary osteopathic lesions from trauma or strains or secondary lesions manifesting in the structure from environmental or other influences). Normalizing deranged anatomy restores normal physiology because of the complementary, spiritual, principle that nature constantly strives towards health. Every cell will maximize its potential for health only with an unimpeded blood circulation, so the role of the doctor is to free the arteries and veins and their controlling nerves by normalizing the body structure, often in extremely small, subtle ways. Find, fix it, and leave it alone. Nature will do the rest. 3

Dr. Still asserted that health occurs when blood flows freely, and conversely, that disease results from the obstruction of blood flow. Osteopathic manipulation releases problems in the patient’s muscles and joints. Blood flow then increases and health results.

At Attune to Wellness, Jeffrey uses multiple treatment techniques to help patients achieve wellness and prevent disease. His work is based upon the following osteopathic principles:

  1. The body is a unit; mind, body, and spirit connect to make the whole person.
  2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
  4. Rational treatment is based upon the understanding of these basic principles.

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