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.