• Osteopathic Principles & Practices

  • The osteopathic philosophy embraces the idea of the unity of structure (anatomy) and function (physiology). 

    The foundation of osteopathic medicine is that people are more than just the sum of their body parts. Instead of treating specific symptoms, osteopathic doctors’ training and practice concentrate on interconnectivity of all body systems and how each one affects the others.

    The four main principles of osteopathic medicine are:

    1. The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
    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 on an understanding of these principles:  body unit, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.


    This philosophy is at the core of the St Anthony Hospital General Surgery Residency Program. Residents are encouraged to incorporate the OPP principles and practices into their patient care.

    For more information about Osteopathic Principles and Practices, please visit the KCUMB website.

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