Manual lymphatic drainage was developed in the late 1800s by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who is now considered the father of osteopathic medicine. He initially followed in his father’s footsteps by studying and training to become a physician with a typical, frontier medical practice. However, after the loss of his first wife and four children, coupled with his grim experiences in the American Civil War, he rejected most of what he had learned about medicine and searched for new and better methods. His explorations and research led to the development of a new system of healing. He believed the key was to find and correct anatomical deviations that interfered with the free flow of blood and nerve force in the body. His theories led to the founding of The American School of Osteopathy (ASO) in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892.1
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