Origin of Osteopathy

The principles of Osteopathy were published for the first time in 1874 in the USA by a doctor, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. At first, Dr. A.T. Still considered his discoveries to be a simple extension of classic medical knowledge; the term Osteopathy only appearing in 1889. Cohabitation with medical faculties, recognition of Osteopathy by the various States and allowing osteopaths access to hospitals only came about in the course of a long drawn out process.

Nowadays Osteopaths have a legal status similar to that of doctors. They frequently provide primary medical care and act as family doctors, occupying an important role in the American health care system.

Development in Europe

In the late 1950s, osteopathic practice became widespread in Europe, although it no longer included allopathic medicine. Starting with the United Kingdom, the profession spread to France and then to Belgium and Holland before being introduced into other European countries. Thus European Osteopathy has developed from a number of different schools , in particular :

  • the numerous different manual techniques which have always existed, starting with the Egyptians and nowadays including the bonesetters that are to be found in our country districts,
  • the American school of Osteopathy founded in 1892 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917) and all his successors : Drs. William Smith, William G. Sutherland, Martin Littlejohn, Viola Frymann, Rollin E. Becker, Irvin Korr, Anthony G. Chila, John E. Upledger ...
  • European schools of Osteopathy based on the English school founded by Dr. Martin Littlejohn and subsequently the French schools with Bernard Barillon, Michel Roques, Jean- Pierre Barral, Leopold Busquet,
  • but also European schools of thought with above all Pehr H. Ling (1776 – 1839), Thure Brandt (1819 – 1895) and Henri Stapfer, all of whom developed the principles of visceral and circulatory Osteopathy, as well as ethiopathy, founded by Christian Tredaniel.

Setting up of EVSO®

Animal Osteopathy derives from numerous Human Osteopaths, but over the years a specific approach was developed founded on knowledge of veterinary medicine. A few veterinarians subsequently perfected the techniques on animals and after many years of practice and research, decided to teach them. Veterinary osteopathic schools intended exclusively for veterinarians were opened, with the teaching done by veterinarians. Our rich culture deriving from manual medicine is particularly due to three veterinarians who were the founders of Veterinary Osteopathy in France and Europe : Drs. Francis Lizon, Dominique Giniaux and Alain Bouchet.

EVSO® was born of the determination of these veterinarians to defend, guarantee and ensure the training of a structured, effective and modern practice of Veterinary Osteopathic medicine.