What is osteopathy?

To find health should be the object of the doctor.

Anyone can find disease.”A. T. Still DO

Osteopathy is a complete system of evaluation and treatment, based on scientific medical knowledge. Osteopathy is a wonderfully gentle, hands-on therapy. An osteopath is trained in a wide variety of manual techniques to evaluate and rebalance tensions, imbalances, loss of motion, rhythms in tissues throughout the body. The choice depends on the conditions of the patient and the disorder to treat.

Osteopathy is a 100% natural way of healing, no medication is involved. An osteopath has highly developed palpatory skills and uses only her or his hands to search for loss of mobility through the whole body.

All the parts of the body work together continuously. All parts of the body are related. If in any part of the body a problem arises (for instance in the back, feet, an organ, the jaw,…) then the whole body will adjust to compensate for this problem and to continue to function in the best possible way. Complaints do not necessarily occur at the location of the cause.

With the use of his hands, an osteopath examines the structural system (muscles, joints, skeletal, fascia…), the visceral system with all the organs (liver, intestines, lungs, uterus, bladder,…) and the craniosacral system (facial zones, meninges, jaws, sacrum,…). An osteopath may discover and remedy problems which are not obvious on scans or X rays.

Osteopathy is a holistic therapy. The osteopathic treatment focuses on the body as a whole, addressing the anatomical, physiological, neurological and functional relationships within and between all body tissues and structures.

Free mobility of all body tissues is necessary to allow a good circulation of fluids, a balanced conduction of neurological information and a chemical and mechanical balance. This will allow the body’s possibilities for self-correction and self-healing.

For optimal functioning muscles, joints, organs, membranes, nerves and other tissues should be able to move freely in relation to each other. This allows the body to adapt to changing circumstances, inside and outside the body. The body itself is always striving for an optimal function. Symptoms and/or diseases arise if the body can not adapt to signs.

This holistic approach, which includes the psychological and emotional state, is the key to long-term well-being and can address the cause of a disease or complaint.