What does it consist of?
We see osteopathy as a tool that allows the body to find its natural resources to reestablish its own health. The body is designed to heal itself.
A very visual exemple could be the process of the skin’s cicatrisation when it has a wound. One can notice how the body uses its own resources, its intern medicine. This process occurs in the different systems of the organism.
Osteopathy is a science, an art, a philosophy based on body unity. Body is a funcional, biological, emotional and spiritual union.
Wat is an Osteopathy session?
It’s a manual therapy. The osteopath only uses his hands and his knowledge while treating somebody.
With practice, one acquires each time more refinement. The patient can feel this like very light pressures on his body. The osteopath actually listens to body tissues. Like the famous american osteopath Rollin Becker said : “Only the tissues know”.
What is it?
This is the definition of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO):
Osteopathy is a “complete system of medical attention. Its philosophy is to treat the patient in all his wholeness, not only curing the symptoms. Giving prominence to the interrelations between structure and function, and the body’s capability of healing itself.”
One has to understand the cause of the expression of the symptoms. The osteopath does a complete anamnesis of the person (examines all the chirurgical, clinical and traumatical antecedents, while recording considering the psychosocial aspect the patient lives everyday) and then, realizes a physical exploration. He looks for the dysfunctioning zones,where there is less mobility and motility.
The treatment is strictly natural, based on the knowledge acquired in anatomy and physiology. The osteopath is a fulcrum for the different self-regulation and self-healing human systems.
Indications, Fields of application
Osteopathy can profit to every type of persons, from babies, children, pregnant woman, adults, to third age poeple. The approach depends of the situation and the age of the patient.
- Locomotor System
Conditions in spine, lumbago, neck pain, back pain whiplash injury, sciatic nerve pain.
In the articulations : tendinitis, artrosis, contractures.
Functional disorders of jaw joints, plagiocephaly, chronic otitis media, sinusitis, headaches.
- Internal organs
Chronic digestive disorders, urogynecological disorders (urinary incontinence, cystitis, menstrual irregularities, dyspareunia, prolapse, some infertility cases).
- Monitoring pregnancies
Back pain, sciatic pain, groin pain.
- Infantil functional disorders
Review of the birth (caesarean or forceps), bad posture, behavior disorder , sleep disorder, digestive disorders (colics, constipation, spitting up of the baby).
- Occlusion problems
- Possible after-effects arising from the orthodontics
- Learning difficulty, dyslexia
- Other : stress, extreme fatigue
This improves your whole health system.