what is osteopathy

What is Osteopathy ?

- Osteopathy is a manual preventive and curative therapeutic approach. It  seeks to determine and treat restriction of mobility that can affect all the structures composing the human body. Loss of mobility of joints, muscles,  or visceres causes imbalances in the state of health.

- Osteopathy considers the whole body and not just the symptom, because the origin of the problem is often in another place than where the pain occurs. Past physical and emotional trauma are likely to cause bodily painful sequelae even after several years. Osteopathy treatment can be affective at any age of life, from infant to senior, from pregnancy to athletes.

- To remove from chronic symptom, acute pain, to recover from injuries or practiced so as preventive, it helps to maintain the right balance in your body and makes it less vulnerable to aggressions (fatigue, stress, virus…).

- By itself or in collaboration with western medicine, osteopathy preserves and enhances the asset of health of anyone who is concerned about his well being. Osteopathy works closely with western medicine, and by no means excludes the results of conventional health examinations. Our approaches are different and complementary.

- Osteopathy improves innate self-healing capabilities to enable the human body to manage a disorder.

Osteopathy and Chiropractic ?

- Osteopathy was designed by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American doctor. One of Dr Still\'s early students was Daniel David Palmer, who founded chiropractic. Palmer reportedly studied with Dr Still for only few weeks.

- Historically, chiropractors have been more active in promoting their work. Osteopaths tend to be more conservative with regards to marketing.

- Osteopathy and chiropractic agree about the importance of the integrity of the spine in ensuring good health.

- The primary treatment objective of both osteopathy and chiropractic is to remove bodily aches. Osteopaths seek also to treat functional disorders such as disorders of visceral systems.

- In many countries, osteopaths are trained and recognized as primary care physicians and they see and treat patients just as ordinary doctors do.

- Osteopaths and chiropractors are both able to perform diagnosis by visual inspection and palpation (feeling by hand).

- Chiropractors employ a wide range of techniques for manipulating the spine, whereas osteopaths employ a wide range of techniques overall. Apart from manipulation, osteopaths use other techniques such as stretching, pressure and mobilization. Osteopaths are also trained in functional therapy, which involve very subtle and gentle adjustments without any \"clicking\" of the joints.

- Osteopaths spend longer time with each patient. In addition, osteopathic patients generally require less frequent treatments, and their treatments are spaced out over a longer period of time, rather than once or twice weekly.

Considering back pain as an example:



Braces can affect the balance of the jaw which affects the balance of the neck leading to back pain.



A bad diet can affect the function of the liver, causing it tighten which affects the balance of the spine leading to pain.



A sprained ankle can cause a chain reaction of imbalance through the body.



A body's mobility depends on its state of functionality.

Osteopathy principles

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy, was the mentor of Chiropractic founder Daniel Palmer. He defined these principles which rules the practice of osteopathy.

  1. Each structure of the body has a physiological function, each function maintains a certain structure. The structure governs the function. For example, the digestive tract is considered as structure, digestion as function. The form (ripples ... villi) of the bowel enable the function (digestion, immunity and hormonal system). A flexible digestive tract allows good digestion. A joint (bone, ligament, capsule...) is structure, movement is function. A flexible joint allows good movement.
  2. Concept of unity and interrelationships between different body parts: all parts of the body are connected by the vascular, nervous system, connective tissue, lymphatic and hormonal system. But also the unity of the human being in its globility, bringing its mechanic, chemistry, mental.
  3. Principle of self-healing, the body has many self-healing systems, adaptation, defence or compensation to maintain its balance before the attacks to which the body is regularly subjected.
  4. The law of the artery: where the bloodstream is normal, the disease can not develop, because the blood carries all the necessary elements to ensure natural immunity and fight against diseases.
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