Osteopathy was developed in the late 19th century by an American doctor called Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917).

It is founded on two, basic principles:

Osteopaths focus their attention on the musculoskeletal system, although particular attention is paid to the spine, not only because the prevalence of back pain and dysfunction is very high, but also because the spinal nerves are incredibly important to the function of the body as a whole.