Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) refers to the philosophical and practical approach to patient management and treatment, including the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). OPP is centered on developing conceptual understanding and practical application of clinical practice through the tenets of osteopathic medicine:
- The body is a unit, the person is a unit of the body, mind, and spirit.
- The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
- Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related; and
- Rational treatment is based on an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the inter-relationship of structure and function.