Osteopathic principals | Tracey Betts-Allen | Osteopath | Paris 8 | Tracey.Osteo The Osteopathic approach to healing – treatment and prevention. The aim of Osteopathy is to optimize the functioning of the body and to preserve health. Osteopaths consider that the human body is a single entity, which should not just be reduced down into its constituent parts (for example, ‘an ankle’, ‘a neck’ or ‘a shoulder’) for treatment purposes when a disorder is identified. The Osteopath considers that the body is a single unit and that the area of the body where symptoms appear is not necessarily the area where the source of the problem is to be found. This can be explained as follows: all the tissues which make up the body are linked to each other and there is a balance of tensions which are placed upon the body. Hence, if there is an area which has an abnormal level of tissue tension, this tension has to be transmitted to other, connected tissues. The site of symptoms/pain is simply the weak link in the chain of the tissues of the individual concerned. The Osteopath believes that the body is capable of bearing up to the strains of daily life as long as there are no barriers to mobility (which can be found in joints, muscles, ligaments, organs, arteries, veins, lymphatic fluid or in nerve pathways).