From the knowledge of human anatomy and animal physiology, the body is made up of various body parts which are interrelated in the manner in which they operate and perform unique and specific functions. Although these functions are distinct and associate with particular body parts, they are significantly important and interrelated. In other words, all body parts are interdependent and work well when all are in a healthy state. One of the major systems of the body is the locomotive system. This controls general movement of the body which in turn facilitates other important process. There is no doubt that motion is life and greatly influences the clinical approach of an osteopath. Body motion is either internal or external depending on where it occurs (American Academy of Osteopathy 1973).
The understanding of the paramount significance of motion as life is quite fundamental with regard to osteopathic medicine and its principles. What is osteopathic medicine? This refers to a healthcare approach which focuses on the importance of the musculoskeletal systems in human health and illness. With this understanding, it is considerably easier and equally healthy since life and motion cannot be separated. By emphasizing the role of musculoskeletal system medical experts are able to address complications related to locomotion as a way of saving life (Chaitow). It is clear that the concept influences clinical approach of an osteopath.
Osteopathy has several principles which govern its role in addressing issues surrounding the musculoskeletal system. They include viewing of the body as a single unit which is composed of countless body parts and systems that dependently work through coordination (Kohatsu 2002, p. 93). This coordination ensures healthy movement. This principle also affirms that there is a direct connection between the body and the mind. Another principle of osteopathy revolves around the interrelationship between body structures and their functions. Several body structures adapt to their roles through systems which pass information to one another. On the other hand, the central nervous system usually responds adaptively based on the way it is used (Sneddon & Cosechi).
According to osteopathic medicine, the human body has its natural ability to heal and repair itself in time of need (Jonas & Pickett 2009). The body has its medicine whose functioning is well facilitated by the movement of the blood to various parts of the body. This principle argues that although drugs are important, drugless healing is more important. The circulatory links and nerves are very important in integrating locomotion and support framework of the body. This system facilitates movement of fluids which are essential and in the healing processes of the body. Musculoskeletal system is very is extremely important in metabolism, structural well being which denotes good health and homeostasis (Woodhouse). It worth noting that disease attack of body structures and systems is usually reflected through somatic dysfunction, signs and symptoms.