What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a comprehensive and specific manual medicine founded in 1874 by the American doctor and surgeon Andrew Taylor Still. It consists in preventing, diagnosing and treating the dysfunctions of the tissues of the human body which may be at the origin of an imbalance of the state of health. Osteopathy more precisely watches over the mobility and motility of joints, muscles, ligaments and viscera taking into account the human being in its physical, mental, emotional and social globality. Osteopathy is based on the body’s ability to self-balance and a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
What does an osteopath do?
The osteopath is comparable to a watchmaker of the body since it evaluates the shape, volume, consistency and position of the structures of the human body while taking into account their mechanical and physiological interrelations.
At the first meeting, the osteopath opens a file containing a complete questionnaire on the state of health of his patient and inquires about the reason (s) of his consultation. Postural and palpatory examinations based on various mobility tests (articular, visceral, cranial, tissue and fluid) allow him to become aware of the blockages to be lifted. He is then able to establish an osteopathic diagnosis as well as a treatment plan to eliminate the cause, the “primary lesion”, of the symptoms mentioned.
During the session, the osteopath provides care adapted to the needs of its patient and proceeds, through mobilizations, to adjustments allowing the metabolism to regain its natural and complete homeostasis. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still described the osteopath as an “engineer of the organism” who uses the precision of his palpation to evaluate and treat his patients.
The therapist concludes the session with a standardization and then a functional re-evaluation, before explaining to the patient what has been done and giving him life-style advice and exercises to consolidate the results of the treatment. A consultation usually lasts one hour.
Is Osteopathy Right For You?
The osteopath chooses the most adapted and comfortable techniques for his patient according to his age, his morphology and the area of the body to be corrected. Osteopathy is therefore aimed at all (infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, adults and seniors) as a preventive, curative and rehabilitative treatment for both acute and chronic pain.
It is important to note that an old or unnoticed physical or emotional trauma can cause painful sequelae even after several years. An osteopathic monitoring not only avoids the appearance of these chronic pain but also improves the quality of life of the patient.
Why consult an osteopath?
The benefits of osteopathy are numerous because it concerns all the major systems of the body. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the pathologies thatan osteopath deals with:
– orthopedic and locomotor system: joint pain, muscle contracture, sprain, tendinitis, back pain (back pain, back pain, costalgia, neck pain), scoliosis, coccygeal pain, pubalgia, shoulder periarthritis, masticatory pain / cracking, …
Neurological and neuro-vegetative systems: neuralgia (cervico-brachial, intercostal, facial, arnold, …), sciatica, cruralgia, migraines, sleep disorders, anxiety, stress, depression and hypernervosity , Chronic fatigue, …
-the cardiovascular system: circulatory disorders, edema, hemorrhoids, Raynaud’s syndrome, varicose veins …
-the digestive system: nausea, gastro-oesophageal reflux, difficult digestion, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, organ ptosis, hernia, … The system O.R.L. And pulmonary: vertigo, buzzing, headache, rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, bronchitis, asthma, …
-the genito-urinary system: menstrual disorders, pregnancy monitoring, pain during intercourse, urinary incontinence, repeated urinary infection, …
– sequelae of trauma: fracture, sprain, fall, car accident, post-surgical after healing,…
Note: Osteopathy does not substitute for a medical diagnosis. The therapist may, however, communicate with other health care providers as required and must respect professional secrecy.
Osteopathy is therefore a manual therapy based on a thorough knowledge of the human body and a meticulous touch, always adjusted to the patient and the pathology encountered. It is not so much concerned with the symptom as with the cause that causes it and aims at both the restoration and preservation of health in a natural way.
By Adeline-Thi Mugnier, Osteopath