The World Health Organization recognizes total autonomy and independence to the actions practiced by osteopathic practitioners, in their working context.
Osteopathy is based on very technical, scientific and intellectual abilities and as such, it is unique and very different from other practices.
It is an established, recognized system of diagnosis and treatment, with main emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body. Using a broad range of manual techniques, it aims at restoring mobility and at balancing the lost musculoskeletal function, cranial sacral and visceral system as well as maintaining homeostasis.
Observation is for the osteopathic practitioner the first step in researching and it is from this point on that the Osteopath will seek answers to questions, like: "why does a dysfunction occur?" or "what relation exists between a certain dysfunction and certain specific symptoms?". To these questions, the Osteopath should postulate possible answers through hypotheses that must be based on known information. For that purpose, good research is essential.
The CRNM aims at conveying the osteopathic tradition, while implementing the most recent scientific and technological advances to support research itself. It also aims at developing strategies to achieve clinical applications for Osteopathy. It is therefore essential for osteopathic practitioners to seek the highest quality research provided by studies in this area, since in this way it is possible to establish the true needs in prioritizing research in Clinical Osteopathy.