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The Claims Of Osteopathy

Strictly construing the claims of osteopathic doctors, it is an
anti-medicine system of practice for the cure of every disease to which
the human body is liable.

Dr. Andrew T. Still, who claims to have made the discoveries that led to
the establishment of the school of Osteopathy, asserts that all diseases
and lesions are the result of the luxation, dislocation, or breakage of
some bone or bones; this, however, is not now maintained to any great
extent by his followers. Osteopathists, though, do generally claim that
all diseases arise from some maladjustment of the bones of the human
body, and that treatment, therefore, must be to secure the normal
adjustment of the bones and ligaments that form the skeleton. They claim
that a dislocation is not always necessarily the result of external
violence; it may be caused by the ulceration of bones, the elongation of
ligaments, or excessive muscular action.

The constriction of an important artery or vein, which may be caused by
a very slightly displaced bone, an indurated muscle, or other organ, may
produce an excess of blood in one part of the body, thereby causing a
deficiency in some other part. A dislocated member will generally show
alteration in the form of the joint and axis of the limb; loss of power
and proper motion; increased length or shortening of the limb;
prominence at one point and depression at another; greatly impaired
circulation, and pain due to the obstruction of nerve force in the parts

The osteopathist claims that pain and disease arise mainly from some
mal-adjustment in some part of the body, and that a return to good
health involves treatment for the normal adjustment of the skeleton; he
asserts, though any luxation may be only partial, it may cause pressure
at some point upon a blood vessel, or a nerve of which the patient may
be unconscious, and thus be a barrier to the restoration of good health.

Osteopathy asserts that trying to heal the body of an ailment caused by
a dislocated member, be it a bone, ligament, or nerve, by which abnormal
pressure is maintained upon a blood vessel or a nerve, would be like
trying to operate a machine with an important cog out of gear. To cure
it involves the reduction of a dislocation; the breaking up of
adhesions, and the arousing of the enervated organ or organs partially
or wholly failing in the performance of function.

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