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The principal of structure governs function could be summarised by something like: ‘Get the structure right and everything else will follow.’ Osteopathy’s other principles involve seeing the body as an integral unit, where each part affects and is affected by every other part; together with seeing each individual as a unity of body, mind and spirit.
The body is also viewed as a self-healing, self-repairing mechanism, capable of making its own remedies against disease and other toxic conditions. This should be easily possible when a normal structural relationship exists within the body, and there are favourable environmental conditions, and adequate rest and nutrition.
“In order to cure the body
it is necessary to understand the whole of things.”
Hippocrates (400 BC)