What can Osteopathy do for you ?
What are structural techniques ?
Osteopathy is a manual holistic therapy founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1882,
based on the concept that the human body is perfecty capable to assure its own defenses against illness and disease if it receives healthy and balanced nutrition and lives under normal circumstances.
Any disturbance or physical, emotional, or external influences such as contamination etc.
experienced by the body will sooner or later lead to an injury or dysfunction, a restriction of the correct movement and will consequently bring up symptoms.
In occasions people think wrongly about Osteopathy as if it was a pure manipulation of bones. The truth is that there is much more to that than that.
Osteopathic manipulations are taking into consideration all structures of the body:
bones, joints, inner organs, muscles, fascia, connective tissue etc. in order to reestablish the correct physiology of each individual, its balance and the correct interaction of all these structures to return the body`s original mobility.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is therefore very different from any other medical disciplines. It is based on the principles that all body parts work together in an integrating way. If one part of the body suffers a certain restriction, the rest of the body will adapt automatically to this new situation and will compensate, resulting in inflamation, pain, stiffness and other symptoms.
Osteopathic therapy will help the patient to reduce pain, stress, inflammation and return the mobility that was lost on the way in order to heal itsself.
It is a unique holistic therapy which gives a new perspective of health and illness.
Osteopaths will not concentrate on the pain area, but use specific osteopathic diagnose techniques that will bring forward a very personal designed therapy for each client.
There are a great variety of manual techniques to harmonise all bodily systems to reestablish a state of good health and geneal wellbeing.
Applied techniques are: : Structural - visceral - craniosacral
Why is a good posture of importance?
posture is the alignment of each body respecting the forces of gravity.
A good posture means the best distribution of these forces through our own body.
That intails a balanced muscle-skeleton system, that can protect us against injury and allows us to work efficiently. Good posture allows us at the same time the correct position of all other structures - inner organs, fascia etc. so that all systems can perform at their maximum level.
Any direct trauma, accident, sports injury, whiplash, emotional stress etc. will sooner or later force the body to a new posture and will produce pain and postural changes that do not correspond to the person´s physiology.
Structural techniques used in Osteopathy are directed to correct lost mobility and reestablish the correct muscle - skeleton relation to give back lost harmony to our bodies.
Visceral techniques were mostly developed by French Osteopaths in the last century.
Many people nowadays are still not aware that Osteopathy entails a great variety of techniques that were found to correcting lost mobility of inner organs too, instead of only correcting a vertebrae or joint.
More and more people are concerned about taking strong medications and their unwanted side effects on our organs have put visceral Osteopathy in the spot light. And day by day it is becoming more and more popular due to its, very often astonishing, results.
Bad habits, junk food, drugs, tobacco consumption, viruses, bacteria, infections, affections of the autoimmune system, operations, scar tissue and more, are the causes of altered correct functionality of our organs.
Scars e.g. with their altered tissue will sooner or later influence not only in the correct functioning of an organ and its peristaltic movements, but will also alter posture, joints etc. and cause muscle-skeleton pains.
Visceral osteopathic techniques are directed to reestablish the intrinsic mobility and motility and will therefore improve the organ´s functionality, resulting in better circulation, better lymphatic drainage, better nerve transmission etc.
Visceral osteopathic techniques are directed to improve dysfunctions of inner organs :
Craniosacral therapy was developed by the American Osteopath Dr William Garner Sutherland in the beginning of 1900. He discovered suttle intrinsic movements of the cefaloraquidic fluids, cranial bones, membranes and discovered that all these structures moved at a completely different rythm than other structures of the body.
It is not difficult to understand, that all our bodily functions are influenced by the correct functioning of all cranial and spinal nerves, as all of them finally exit and enter our brain.
Later on, investigating during many years of practice and by studying his patients, he coud give evidence that a restrictionn and general state of health of a person.
and that this restriction has a direct influence on the natural capacity of a body to heal itsself.
Craniosacral therapy has developped from clinical experience, fact that proves that health is something active and not only absense of illneass.
Health is an expression of life, responsible for the organisation of millioins of processes that happen non stop in our body.
Craniosacral therapy has shown efficient with many general and local symptoms.
In your first visit the Osteopath will :
1. take ask you for your detailed medical history
ask you to explain into detail all your symptoms, how long you have been suffering from them, type of pain etc.
2. will examin you in detail (this is always in underware in order to evaluate your posture and restrictions)
ensure that you can receive an osteopathic therapy.
will evaluate your posture, gait, general mobility, your tissue , your reactions on touch, and many more aspects.
3. will then develop an individual pathway of treating your ailment in this session based on the anamnesis, physical findings in step 2. and will then inform you about his findings and treat according to the tests performed.
If your issue needs more than one session to be dealt with.
In any further session the Osteopath will compare the changes in posture, gait and your personal experience.
Be aware that you body needs some time to adapt to the manipulations received by the therapist, specially when dealing with a chronic issue, this adaptation can cause pains in several body parts during some days, so called adaptional pains, that should ease in pretty short time.
One week should be enough for you body to adapt, but the Osteopath will inform you about the next sessions to follow.
Sometimes only one session can solve the issue, but be aware that the longer you had the problem, the more session you will need to reestablish your bodily functions.
visceral osteopathic techniques