A.T. Still

Osteopathy's Origin

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (A.T. Still), physician and surgeon, after 10 years of research, announced on June 22, 1874 the methods and applications of Osteopathy. The Original concept of Dr. Still was to treat patients in their whole being seeking the causes of dysfunction rather than treating symptoms. Dr. Still had great success in restoring the dynamic balance between the structures and quality of the natural functions of the body.

"When you have adjusted the physical to its normal demands nature supplies the remainder"

-A.T. Still

A.T. Still created the first Osteopathic medical school in Kirksville Missouri and the first charter of the American School of Osteopathy was filed on May 10, 1892. The school welcomed everyone regardless of their race and religion. It was a great success. In the beginning of the 20th century, William Garner Sutherland D.O., (student of Dr. A.T.Still) continued Dr. Still’s work and applied the cranial sphere and cranio-sacral concepts. In 1898, Vermont was the first state to recognize the profession of Osteopathy. It was under the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, successfully treated by Osteopathy. He then officially recognized Osteopathy in the United States as a natural medicine beneficial to the population.