What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual examination and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, organs and tissues in the body. The osteopath manually examines and treats the movement potential of all these systems and looks for movement restrictions that may be related to the patient’s discomfort. Osteopaths draw on extensive practical knowledge in the field of anatomy, physiology, neurology and pathology.
What does an osteopath do?
An osteopath provides an overview of all blockages and movement restrictions in the body that are related to the symptoms. He/she looks for the cause of the discomfort and treats them through manipulation, muscle techniques and mobilization. The osteopath does not heal, but stimulates the body to self-heal. For this purpose, he/she releases blockages and movement restrictions that stand in the way of a recovery. After treatment, the body needs a certain amount of time to respond to the treatment techniques. Usually, at least one week must pass between treatments.
Osteopathy can be used in the treatment of a wide range of diseases and disorders:
Back and neck problems: Pain, low back pain, hernias, blockages, muscle stiffening, movement restrictions etc.
Joint problems: pain, frozen shoulder, calcified shoulder, heel spur, tennis elbow etc.
Headaches: tension headache, migraine, dizziness
Sports injuries: sprains, recurrent inflammation, tendinitis, cramps, pain, etc.
Organ problems: heartburn, stomach acid, feeling of fullness, bowel problems, constipation, indigestion etc.
Osteopathy can help children with excessive crying, reflux, functional postural dysfunction, behavioural problems, concentration disorders, underdevelopment, sleep disorders, abdominal pain, intestinal cramps, fecal disorders etc.
Osteopathy is a form of medicine supplementing conventional medicine. More and more medical specialists are working together with osteopaths.