The art of osteopathy was developed by A.T. Still and has been passed on by oral, written, and hand-over-hand traditions. The philosophy stems from nature's infinite wisdom and its astounding tendency to move toward health. The traditional osteopath simply removes obstacles, and lets nature do the rest. That may sound easy, but a deep understanding of anatomy and physiology–taken together with the perspective of body, mind, and spirit as a functioning whole–is required to diagnose and treat the cause of disease, thereby opening the river of health. With an unlimited scope of practice, osteopathic physicians have access to the multitude of diagnostic techniques and treatments available today–especially osteopathic manipulation–to carefully craft a robust plan specific to their patient, helping them re-align with health.