In 1939, Dr. william Sutherland, one of Dr. Still’s earliest and best students developed Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. While he was a student, he took apart the cranial bones for examination and research. This led him to understand the inherent, rhythmic movement of the central nervous system. He termed this movement ‘the breath of life, which drives the respiratory system.’
He postulated that this rhythmic movement of the primary respiratory mechanics was crucial to full health, and thus any restrictions could lead to disease. he central nervous system regulates all organs of the human body. If we examine other healing traditions, the “Breath of Life” concept can be compared to “Chie” in Chinese medicine, or what yogis call “Prana” (Deoora).
The nature of the primary respiratory mechanism is a simple, basic, primary rhythmic unit of function. It is totally involuntary in nature; it incorporated the whole of anatomy and physiology it is palpable to the trained physician in any part of the body; it provides the physiological evidence of health within the whole body physiology. It can be used as a diagnostic tool as well as being a tool for treatment