Osteopathy takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare.
It uses manual 'hands-on' techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics, without the use of drugs.
An osteopathic physician does not concentrate only on the problem area, but uses manual techniques to balance all the body systems, and to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
Diagnosing and treating conditions using these techniques is called Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).
Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of hands-on techniques used by osteopathic physicians (DOs) to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, a DO moves a patient’s muscles and joints using techniques that include stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, the body’s intricate system of muscles, nerves and bones. This advanced training provides DOs with a keen understanding of how the body’s systems are interconnected and how each one affects the others.
When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, DOs bring an important dimension to standard medical care.
Visceral osteopathy involves a set of therapeutic techniques that correct violation of the functioning of internal organs. Each organ performs a certain movement, dependent or independent of respiration. Disturbances of their natural rhythm lead to functional failures, to occurrence of pain and to development of disease. Movement of organs is structured relative to each other. So failures in one of them inevitably affect the whole system. Before starting treatment, osteopath determines the position of organs and their level of mobility and evaluates the condition of muscle tissue and ligaments. On the basis of the obtained data he diagnoses. The treatment aims at restoring the normal position of organs and bones, strengthening ligaments, improving circulation of lymph, blood and other fluids. As a result of therapeutic effects of the treatment, the body triggers the function of self-healing and development of pathologies stops.
he advantage of visceral osteopathy is its complex effect on the body. When working with the internal organs the specialist makes an impact on the spine and bones. Therefore, as a result of treatment the patients get rid of back pain, of spine and often of joints pain.
Cranial osteopaths use a highly developed sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the living anatomy of the whole body, and to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction.
The osteopath is often drawn to areas in the body that have been affected by past events, such as old accidents and injuries. The body may have learned to compensate for a traumatic event or injury and the patient may be unaware that there is anything wrong, but the effects may still be present and relevant to current symptoms.
Diagnosis and treatment are intimately linked as the osteopath works to activate the innate ability of the body to heal itself, and by offering gentle and specific support where it is needed to bring the tissues into a state of balance and release, to restore it to health.
Using this approach, the osteopath learns to listen to and be guided by the body’s inner knowledge of what is wrong, which may be different to the patient’s opinion and the osteopath’s opinion. This helps the osteopath to understand and treat the cause of the symptoms, to reduce the chance of symptoms returning in the future.
Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, safe and effective approach to treatment of a wide range of problems in the whole body.