Actually here is a quote from a famous US osteopath, Dr. I. Korr that I think resume well why classcial... "“I remind you further of another principle. You do not treat symptoms, you do not treat pain, you do not treat diseases, you do not treat parts of the body, you do not treat the musculo-skeletal system; you treat persons, you treat human beings. It is they who get well or not depending on the competence of their built-in health care system. I would like to hear you saying this more and more, that you are treating more than a musculo-skeletal system.” Osteopaths may have the tendency to focus more on the musculo-skeletal system rather then to practice their art as mentionned above. Classical osteopaths, however, certainly comply with Dr. Korr remark. Training and education in osteopathy could make a difference. Not all osteopaths are trained in the same way. The overriding principle of classical osteopathy is therefore not bony adjustment, but body adjustment. This historically relevant philosophy is what makes classical osteopathy distinct.