Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917) was a physician and surgeon, author, inventor and Kansas (U.S.) territorial and state legislator. He was also the founder of the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University), the world's first osteopathic medical school, in Kirksville, Missouri.
Osteopaths are university trained, Medicare registered allied health practitioners. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses a variety of techniques to address the treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with helping to realign specific joints and promote circulation and lymphatic flow.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years' university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general health check and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.